Julie Powell, Author of Julie & Julia, Received an Honorary Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu at the Comédie Française in Paris

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Julie Powell, author of the highly successful book, Julie & Julia, received an honorary diploma from President of Le Cordon Bleu International, Mr. André Cointreau, during the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at the Comédie Française in Paris.

Julie Powell and Le Cordon Bleu at La Comédie Française

Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia, received an honorary Le Cordon Bleu diploma from President of Le Cordon International, Mr. André Cointreau, during the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards ceremony which took place on July 1, 2009 at the Comédie-Française in Paris.

The book, which was initially a blog, follows the story of Julie Powell, a secretary approaching her thirties who decides to take a sabbatical year to make 524 recipes in 365 days from Julia Child's book Mastering the Art of French of Cooking. Julia Child became an American celebrity chef after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 1951.

Julia Child was one of the first women to introduce the French culinary techniques taught at Le Cordon Bleu to the American public through her popular televised cooking show - The French Chef and many publications. Julia Child received the Légion of Honneur in 2000 and the Médaille Présidentielle de la Liberté in 2003. Julie Powell's project casts Julia as a model for the new generations of chefs and culinary amateurs.

Due to the success of the book, Julie & Julia is now a major motion picture (Columbia Pictures) produced by Nora Ephron, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Stanley Tucci as Paul Child. The film will be released in United States on August 7, 2009 and in France on September 16, 2009.

Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu currently has 35 schools in 20 countries, and is recognized as one of the premier culinary arts institute in the world. Developments in the curriculum of Le Cordon Bleu have led to the establishment of bachelors and masters degrees in hospitality management in cooperation with international universities. Le Cordon Bleu has a tradition of excellence in the world of gastronomy and is committed to furthering the appreciation of fine food and the French art of living.

Cordonbleu/edu/julieandjulia/ - Le Cordon Bleu's new micro site for cooking and travel enthusiasts. It was inspired by the movie - Julie & Julia in theaters August 7th.

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