A 40 Thousand Dollar Culinary Degree? Le Cordon Bleu is changing their recruiting tactics. After a few former students sued (and won) Le Cordon Bleu for not living up to all its claims: "Jobs starting at 40k a year. Some Chefs making as much as 60k per year, and alway being in high demand etc" Not only were the students having difficulty finding jobs after graduation, But the jobs they were able to obtain were entry level jobs dishwashers,Prep Cooks minimum wage paying jobs that anyone can get (no degree needed) Needless to say they could not afford to pay off their 40k student loans and felt they were duped. Le Cordon Bleu decided to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount and drastically change its new student recruiting tactics. 40k is allot to pay for a piece of paper, But that piece of paper sure looks good framed hanging over the mantle on the wall at mom and dads house.