Thursday, June 1, 2023


Le Cordon Bleu gourmet lunch in Scottsdale

Le Cordon Blue Technique Restaurant, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Julianne Crane)

This is not a restaurant review, or at least not one in the traditional sense. I’m not a gourmet cook, actually I’m not much of a cook at all. However I do love to eat.

On a recent trip to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area where we visited with friends (and Airstream owners) Mary and Bill Knowles, we were treated to a delightful and tasty lunch at the Le Cordon Blue school’s student-run Technique Restaurant, which is three-parts eatery and one-part tourist attraction.

Mary Knowles (l), Jimmy Smith, Julianne Crane and and Bill Knowles.

According to its Website: “Le Cordon Bleu is one of the most respected names in culinary education, originating in Paris in 1895. For students in North America, working in the Technique restaurants is the capstone of Le Cordon Bleu’s unique, hands-on curriculum.”

The restaurant provides “a straightforward menu inspired by classic techniques, giving students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the craft of fine cookery. The focus is cooking with simplicity and elegance, using the finest ingredients culled from high quality, sustainable local sources.”

It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy an elegant meal, at a reasonable price. When we were there, the three-course lunch was $10. Patrons choose one starter, one entrée and one dessert. Dinner includes the three-course $10 choice or a four-course selection for $15 where patrons select two starters, one entrée, and one dessert.


Cheese Cake (Julianne Crane)

Le Cordon Bleu Technique
4301 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 425-3025

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Strongly suggest reservations. (Mary made reservations online two weeks in advance.) Limited number of walk-ins are seated.
URL: (Online reservations can be made through this link)

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Photos: (Top) Technique Restaurant, Le Cordon Blue, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Julianne G Crane)

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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