Teaching artistry in French cooking

amuse bouchePrepare to enthrall your taste buds during your trip to Arizona Culinary Institute, which teaches traditional, proven French Method cooking skills, combined with the best modern techniques. ACI students learn in this excellent, private, Scottsdale facility that is staffed by experienced, dedicated chefs and administrators. It’s an opportunity to see firsthand where tomorrow’s chefs learn their craft.

The institute was founded by Chef Robert E. Wilson, former Arizona Gov. J. Fife Symington III, and Jerry Mayes, who is chairman and CEO of Swift Transportation. Those individuals recognized a need in the Phoenix area for a culinary school focused on traditional French methods of cooking, to prepare students for careers in cookery.

An important resource for ACI is student-run du Jour Restaurant, which serves as a laboratory and classroom. Du Jour is one part fine-dining restaurant and one part student laboratory. Students say the experience they gain during their time in the restaurant is some of the most meaningful and memorable.

Your visit includes a talk by staff about the institute followed by lunch at du Jour, prepared on-site by ACI students. You will have several choices for a delicious lunch and wine can be purchased to accompany your meal.

Revised trip policy: 

The LLL Trip Policy has been revised to include requirements for proof of COVID vaccinations and for wearing masks.  We suggest you review the new policy if you plan to register for an LLL trip.


REGISTER:  Two identical trips are scheduled. Please select the date you want to attend:

The Feb. 23 and April 21 trips are sold out.  Please register your name on the wait list.

Wednesday, Feb. 23:  10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 21: 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

COST: $55


For more information, see the Culinary Institute's website