The Pasadena branch of culinary institution Le Cordon Bleu is facing a class action lawsuit from students. The suit alleges that students were mislead by advertisements for the culinary program. LA Weekly says:
"According to the claim, Le Cordon Bleu's marketing strategy reels in students with 'become a chef' advertising and the promise that 'a very high percentage, (80% to 90%) of its graduates are placed.' However, the claim goes on to say that 'those statistics do not relate to 'chef' jobs, but to prep and line cook jobs, and other low wage jobs, available without a culinary degree.' It continues that 'virtually all' students take on financial aid in order to enroll, then are stuck with student loans they'll never be able to pay off, since Le Cordon Bleu does not adequately train them to obtain high-paying jobs in the culinary field."
The school is publicly dismissing the allegations. Jeff Leshay, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Career Education Corporation (parent company of Le Cordon Bleu), said, "We believe this lawsuit has no merit and the claims are ill-founded, and we intend to defend against it."
Are you a culinary school graduate? Do you feel your school prepared you well enough to find the type of work that can repay an educational loan?