The Le Cordon Bleu Experience

And the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris is certainly one of the oldest culinary establishments around – almost more than 110 years!! Last week, I had the opportunity to step into the school, not as a student but as a “professor of cooking” as many of the chefs referred me as. Le Cordon Bleu was founded as a culinary school in Paris in 1895 by the journalist/publisher Marthe Distel. She was the publisher of La Cuisenaire Cordon Bleu magazine. In 1896,, the first cooking demonstration ever to be held on an electric stove was staged at Le Cordon Bleu in an effort to promote the magazine and launch the Paris cooking school. From then onwards the international reputation of Le Cordon Bleu spread quickly. One of the most notable person to enrol in this school was the late Julia Child. Many famous chefs come to this school to teach……..And I was included, and I was certainly fortunate to share my knowledge with the students here. There are Le Cordon Bleu institutes in more than 20 countries with an annual registration of over 20,000 students!
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Paris Walk

Walking tours are free!! One of the best ways to explore a city is by walking. I was in Paris for eight days and besides my work, I was walking around, each day discovering something exciting and new. I also took the metro and the local buses. The Paris metro is one of the best systems and the oldest in the world….almost on par with New York and London. There are more than 300 stations. So you can cover more distances by taking a train and then explore the new area by walking. Just ensure you have a light backpack, comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and a great smile. A smile breaks the ice with the locals and they will show directions happily! Do you know that cafe sitting is a fantastic Parisian sport? Anyone can partake in this sport, and you don’t even have to be French, and I love this sport. If ever there is a game that I can do well – it would be café sitting, slowly sipping a hot drink, nibbling a piece of heaven, people watching, pondering about life and planning my next book or project. Creative imagination will just stand before my eyes, sitting at a sidewalk café in cool Paris!!Read more

Paris Cookbook Fair

I was doing a cooking demo at the Paris Cookbook Fair 2012 which was held Le 104, 19th Arrondissement, Paris, France. This was the first time, I was doing a cooking demo to an audience of winning cookbook authors and top food industry people. It was indeed an enriching experience. Unfortunately, I could not get better pictures!Read more