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cordon bleu

1. noun One who has earned the highest distinction in one's field, especially a chef. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu herself.
2. adjective Of the highest distinction in one's field. After studying with master chefs in France, Betty became a cordon bleu chef herself.
3. adjective Of food that has been prepared to the highest standard. At a five-star restaurant like that, you're guaranteed to get a cordon bleu dish.
4. adjective Stuffed with ham and cheese and then fried, as in the dish chicken cordon bleu. You don't need to make me a fancy dish like chicken cordon bleu—I'm fine with chicken nuggets!
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cordon off

To restrict access to a particular area by using a rope, tape, or other means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cordon" and "off" or after "off." That section of the restaurant has been cordoned off for a private party.
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cordon something off

to mark off an area where people should not go with a rope, tape, ribbon, etc. The police cordoned the scene of the crime off, and we could not even get close. They cordoned off the area.
See also: cordon, off
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Le Cordon Bleu Cuisine Foundations and Le Cordon Bleu Classic Recipes Published by Delmar
Each class is open to all ages and features step-by-step demonstrations followed by a hands-on experience where participants will put what they have learned into action and create their own "Le Cordon Bleu" creation.
Matt Lightner - Graduate of Western Culinary Institute, currently known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland; Lightner is now a chef at Castagna in Portland, Oregon.
Interested high school students should submit an entry form and 75-word essay describing "why I want to become a culinary professional" by May 10 to the Le Cordon Bleu school in their area.
Several homes were evacuated including the Cricketer's Arms as a 200 metre cordon was put in place.
He said the briefing before the 1988 match had mentioned cordons of police checking tickets on the approach to Leppings Lane.
Cordons where placed around Woodbridge Road, Alcester Road and Trafalgar Road and all houses in between were evacuated.
It was potentially very dangerous and the problem was it was in such a densely populated area but by the end of the night we were able to relieve the cordon and not everybody had to be evacuated.
With the worldwide cache of the MasterChef brand, and its success in the US market, a partnership with a market leader like Le Cordon Bleu was a natural fit," stated Chad Bennett, Reveille's Vice President of Brand Development and Production.
Le Cordon Bleu is the most recognized and prestigious brand in culinary education and has been integral to the success of our Culinary Arts segment," said Gary E.
With this transition, Le Cordon Bleu is proud to provide students across the country with the foundation for a fulfilling career opportunity in the hospitality industry," said Chef Kirk T.
In an effort to prevent chaos in France, he called for cameras not to pursue the panel of 11 jurors and lawyers from outside the police cordon or to contest the gendarmes' security operation.
Police set-up a 200m cordon, closed nearby roads and the council began an evacuation, as it was feared cylinders could go up.
But scores of residents in Woodborough near Marlborough, Wiltshire, remained in their homes inside the police cordon.
Le Cordon Bleu Schools in North America (LCB) today announced an expansion of its sustainability practices, including enrollment in the National Restaurant Association's "Greener Restaurants" initiative and a phased approach to using cage-free eggs.