Le Cordon Bleu is closing all its U.S. campuses

Le Cordon Bleu’s Boston campus in Cambridge hosted a birthday party for alumna Julia Child in 2012. David L Ryan / The Boston Globe

The highly acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu culinary school is closing all of its U.S. campuses, including its Boston one on First Street in Cambridge, the school’s parent company announced Wednesday.

The 115-year-old culinary school has 16 locations in the U.S., all overseen by Career Education Corporation. The Paris and London campuses, which are run separately from the North America locations, will not be closing their doors, according to Eater.

All U.S. locations will no longer enroll students after January 4, but the Boston campus has already stopped accepting new student applications, according to its website. Current students will be allowed to finish their degrees, the company said.


Eater reported that the parent company cited “the impact of the federal government’s new regulations on career colleges’’ for its decision, referring to “the Obama administration’s gainful employment rule, which cuts off federal financial aid to schools where graduates borrow money at high rates to pay for school but earn little after graduation.’’

Career Education Corporation has been sued in recent years regarding deceptive recruiting tactics and falsifying job placement rates among graduates, according to Buzzfeed.

The corporation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Le Cordon Bleu is most well known for being Julia Child’s alma mater—she studied at the Paris campus—and is “considered today the largest network of culinary and hospitality schools in the world,’’ according to its website.


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