L’Ecole Academy Moves Into New Location and Expands St. Louis Cooking Classes

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The L’Ecole Culinaire Academy has moved to a new location at 9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 108, in the Shoppes at Price Crossing, Olivette.

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L’Ecole Academy gives area chefs and food enthusiasts a place to experiment and learn new techniques, without committing to a full-time, professional, program of study.

Interest in the recently opened L’Ecole Culinaire Academy for Culinary Development has resulted in a move to an expanded space. The L’Ecole Culinaire Academy has moved to a new location at 9200 Olive Boulevard, Suite 108, in the Shoppes at Price Crossing, Olivette. Since opening in March of this year, the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy has been housed at the site of the culinary school L’Ecole Culinaire in Ladue. The new location opened to the public on Monday, October 24, 2011.

Unlike L’Ecole Culinaire, which is a culinary and restaurant management school, the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy offers courses which are designed for the public as well as for industry professionals: those who love all things culinary, from cooking to wine tasting to ice carving will benefit from the expanded list of cooking classes and other interesting courses. Many of the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy’s chef instructors are also on staff at L’Ecole Culinaire, which provides diploma and degree programs for aspiring culinary professionals. The first two classes in the new facility are Yeast Breads, which begins on Saturday, November 12 and Quick Breads, which begins on Saturday, November 19. Classes for businesses and groups are also available.

“L’Ecole Academy gives area chefs and food enthusiasts a place to experiment and learn new techniques, without committing to a full-time, professional, program of study,” said Chef Matthew Borchardt, director of the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy. “We’re thrilled to see that so many people in the St. Louis area want to expand their culinary knowledge. St. Louis has always had a great combination of talent and creativity when it comes to food, and that’s only going to continue to grow as more people get involved in learning about culinary arts.”

The 2,000-square-foot facility will have three main teaching areas: one for baking/pastry and chocolate; a general kitchen area; and space for beverage classes and additional retail and prep areas. The new facility is equipped with high-end residential appliances to give students the feel of a home kitchen.

Cooking classes in St. Louis range from half-days to four days each, providing focused training in specialized areas. “Students can learn everything from how to sculpt and design exquisite cakes, to understanding the art of sushi making,” Borchardt said. “We also offer practical classes such as ServSafe Management and Nutrition Certification. There’s something for just about everyone who has a passion for food or is involved in food preparation.”

More information about the L’Ecole Culinaire Academy for Culinary Development can be found at http://www.lecoleacademy.com or by calling 314-264-1999.

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