Slicing and Dicing in Scottsdale

Chef du Jour at Four Seasons

Talavera dinner party by Barbara Kraft

While the TAP Golf Road Warriors are no doubt slicing and hooking their way through Scottsdale’s fantastic desert  courses, I’m going to take this blogging opportunity to highlight another way to slice and dice at the  Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.


Their Chef du Jour culinary adventure offers the opportunity to cook in the resort’s Talavera kitchen alongside executive chef Mel Mecinas and his team.

Don your new monogrammed chef’s jacket (yours to keep) and toque and slice and dice alongside the kitchen staff. Can you stand the heat? With their guidance, you’ll create many items from the menu from appetizers to decadent desserts.

Your reward is sitting down to dinner with your special guest or guests (up to three) in the Talavera dining room with stunning views of Pinnacle Peak. Now that you’ve worked behind the scenes, you’ll know just what to order. Maybe a baby beet salad with truffled blue cheese, a sizzling veal porterhouse over morel risotto and apple waffles with caramel gelato? Chef Mecinas will surprise you with a few extras such as his signature lobster mac and cheese. (Note: you must book the Chef du Jour experience one week in advance; participation is limited to one person per evening.)

The Four Seasons offers plenty of other epicurean treats including complimentary wine, tequila and chocolate tastings, plus salsa and margarita demonstrations.

The newly renovated pool complex now has two VIP cabanas available for a daily rental fee. They are outfitted with flat screen televisions, mini fridges, I-pod docking stations and ceiling fans. Free poolside amenities include chilled fruit kebabs and smoothies and refreshing mint-scented towels.

Should you wish to pry yourself away from such pampering, the Four Seasons has an exclusive arrangement with nearby Troon North’s two championship courses, the Monument and the Pinnacle (consistently rated in Arizona’s top five), that gives guests preferred tee times and free shuttle service.



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