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L'Academie de Cuisine

L'Academie de Cuisine was founded in 1976 by Francois Dionot, a classically trained chef at the apex of a career that began at the world-renowned L’Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland and saw him through rigorous kitchens in Europe and the United States. Upon settling in Washington, DC in the mid-70s, he recognized a need within the restaurant community to provide high-quality, hands-on instruction in essential, classic techniques. He committed himself to creating a teaching environment that delivers the skills training students need to pursue a career as a culinary or pastry professional, strengthens self-discipline needed to excel in the challenging food-service industry, offers small class sizes and expert instruction, and cares about the learning needs and professional aspirations of each student.
In our forty-year tenure, L'Academie has graduated hundreds of culinary and pastry professionals. Many, like Carla Hall, host of ABC’s "The Chew," Nick Stefanelli, Aaron Silverman, Jeff Heineman, Angela Pinkerton, Katsuya Fukushima, Shannon Overmiller, Josh Jarvis, and Aggie Chin, enjoy national acclaim, while countless others are beloved and appreciated by patrons and local audiences. Since our founding, L'Academie has cultivated a robust community, enabling us to place each of our students in a paid apprenticeship. Many apprentices work in kitchens led by L'Academie graduates, who carry on our legacy of excellence.

 Our commitment to high-quality, skills-based training in classical culinary and pastry techniques remains steadfast. As our community grows richer, we look ahead to a delicious next forty years.

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