Food, history, culture and fine hotels come together in Four Seasons Private Jet’s new Culinary Discoveries journey from Saturday May 27 to Wednesday June 14 2017. This gastronomic escape (from $135,000 per person) has been curated by Noma’s René Redzepi and will feature some of the world’s finest chefs, many of whom will cook in their own homes. “We have always enjoyed the opportunity to travel and explore, and to learn about the ingredients and cultures that have helped shape what people eat and how they cook,” says Redzepi. The tour will also offer access to rarely seen cultural gems, private kitchens and under-the-radar markets and foraging farms, with accommodation, naturally, at Four Seasons hotels.
The journey begins in Seoul with an intimate dinner at the home of the ultimate farm-to-table chef Jong Kuk Lee, followed by a visit to the Buddhist Jin-Kwan temple to learn about ancient temple cuisine. From South Korea to Japan, where guests will enjoy specially prepared dishes by chef Shinobu Namae at his Michelin two-star L’Effervescence in Tokyo.
The trip then heads to Hong Kong, where a tour led by chef Alvin Leung of Michelin three-star Bo Innovation will take in a fabulous mix of local markets, street food and private cooking demonstrations, before heading on to Chiang Mai for elephant trekking and a flavourful meal prepared by Noma alumnus Garima Arora. Arora will accompany guests to Mumbai as they learn how to cook traditional Indian food and visit its vibrant spice markets.
Next up is Florence. From a base at the Four Seasons – a former Renaissance palazzo that has been restored right down to the frescoes – guests will explore the best vineyards of Chianti, including Tenuta di Valgiano, before heading to Lisbon.
The penultimate stop will be Copenhagen to join Redzepi on a foraging trip before partaking in a private dinner with the Noma team. And finally Paris, and a meal at famed Le Cinq at the George V.