Dione Lucas

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Dione Lucas (10 October,1909 – 18 December,1971)[1] was an English chef,[2] and the first female graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. Lucas was fundamental in establishing an extension of the famous Paris culinary school in London in the 1930s. She worked as a hotel chef in Hamburg before World War II and later wrote that Adolf Hitler often dined there and had a taste for stuffed squab.[3] She later opened a Cordon Bleu restaurant and a cooking school in New York. She also ran the Egg Basket restaurant by Bloomingdale's in New York. One of the earliest television cook-show hosts, Lucas's To The Queen's Taste was broadcast on CBS in 1948-1949 from the restaurant.[4] She had another show in the 1950s.

Dione Lucas was the first woman featured in a cooking show on television on WPIX-11 in New York.[5] In one of her New York restaurants, The Gingerman, Lucas helped to introduce the omelette to the American palate. She can be seen as a predecessor and influence to Julia Child. Dione Lucas authored several cookbooks on French cuisine.


  • "The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living."
  • "I do not mean to spoil your appetite for stuffed squab, but you might be interested to know that it was a great favorite with Mr. Hitler, who dined at the hotel often. Let us not hold that against a fine recipe though."



  • The Cordon Bleu Cook Book (1947)
  • The Dione Lucas Book of French Cooking (1947)
  • The Dione Lucas Meat and Poultry Cook Book (1955, with Anne Roe Robbins)
  • The Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook (1964)
  • The Dione Lucas Book of Natural French Cooking (1977, with Marion & Felipe Alba)
  • Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook (1982 with Darlene Geis)


  • To The Queen's Taste
  • The Dione Lucas Cooking Show

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Good cooking / by Dione Lucas - National Library of Australia
  2. ^ Cooking for the Camera Time Monday, May. 30, 1955
  3. ^ Dione Lucas (1964). The Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook. p. 89. 
  4. ^ Collins, Kathleen (2012). "A Kitchen of One's Own: The Paradox of Dione Lucas". Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 27 (2): 1–23. 
  5. ^ Dione Lucas - Cook Books