OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 1, 2016) -

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The prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, along with Canada's Top 100 Restaurants and Postmedia Network, are on the search for Canada's most passionate aspiring chef with the launch of the 2nd Annual Passion for Excellence Scholarship Award.

This national scholarship is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident that is at least 18 years of age. The grand prize includes:

  • A fully funded, nine-month placement in the coveted Diplôme de Cuisine program at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute
  • A paid internship under the guidance of Chef Yannick Anton, the esteemed chef of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Signatures restaurant in Ottawa. The internship is concurrent with study and offers $5,000 in remuneration.

Information and application forms are available at Applicants must fill out an application form and record themselves answering three industry-related questions. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2016.

A panel of chefs will choose three finalists in August, and they will be flown to Ottawa to compete for the grand prize in November 2016.

"We look forward to leading the successful applicant on a journey of discovery and creativity that will last a lifetime," says Andre J. Cointreau, President of Le Cordon Bleu and based in Paris. "Our heritage is shared across such prestigious locations as Paris, Ottawa, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. We want to share our knowledge and passion for the culinary arts, hospitality and management education."

Le Cordon Bleu is a world renowned network of educational institutions dedicated to providing the highest level of culinary and hospitality instruction through world class programs. It is considered to be the guardian of French culinary technique through its culinary programs that continue to preserve and pass on the mastery and appreciation of the culinary arts that have been the cornerstone of French gastronomy for over 250 years.

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Media Contact: Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute
Bernhard Huber
Sales & Marketing Manager