Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh (Closed in 2012) was located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1986. The institute offered a variety of specialized culinary degrees.
LCB Pittsburgh was originally instituted as a branch campus of The Sawyer School. The Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts obtained the campus in 1990 and subsequently earned an independent accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In early 2002, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute became a partner with the Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America in order to offer Le Cordon Bleu culinary programs.
LCB Pittsburgh has four culinary areas of study:
- Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts
- Le Cordon Bleu PÃ¢tisserie & Baking
- Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality and Restaurant Management
- Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Techniques
LCB Pittsburgh awards Associate of Specialized Technology degrees in the first three programs and a diploma in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Techniques.
LCB Pittsburgh provided industry-style kitchens for student training. The facilities included a skill development kitchen; a stock, soup and sauce kitchen; a meat and poultry kitchen; a seafood/charcuterie kitchen; a pastry kitchen; a garde manger/classical/international cuisine kitchen; and multipurpose kitchens. The pÃ¢tisserie and baking kitchens included an American-style bakery kitchen, artisan bread kitchen, European-style pastry kitchen, cold and frozen dessert specialty kitchen, and a chocolate, candy and artistic sculpturing kitchen.
On January 18, 2011, LCB Pittsburgh announced that it would no longer be accepting students, as the school is to be closing. The closing was the result of a combination of events, including the end of the school's lease and political pressure by the Obama administration and Senate Democrats on Career Education Corporation as a for-profit school. (The Department of Education's proposed "gainful employment" rule would deny federal funding to schools with graduates facing high proportions of debt related to their expected salaries.) Current students will be allowed to finish their programs before the school closes its doors at the end of 2012. Professional culinary education programs are still offered in Pittsburgh at the nearby International Culinary School at the Art Institute.
- Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh