If you are a lover of fine food and good wine, if you love to travel the world and discover exquisite cuisine, look no further. We’ve put together a list of places perfect for you: from Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe’s finest destinations, to local farmyards in South Africa, these places must be on your culinary travel itinerary.
If there is one thing Italians are good at, that is food. Located in Tuscany, the Belmond Villa San Michele offers the perfect setting for you to live the Italian food dream. The hotel’s Executive Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio teaches Tuscan cuisine classes, where guests are involved in preparing, tasting and cooking all sorts of specialties. The hard work pays off when you get to enjoy the amazing dishes in this beautiful Renaissance monastery that overseas the beautiful city of Florence. Buon appetito!
Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm, home to one of the best preserved farmyards in the Cape. The property is highly beloved for its magnificent garden, with fruits, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, fragrant lawns and even a prickly pear maze. They also have ducks, chickens and other animals, as well as a secluded path that runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring.
The Farm Hotel holds regular workshops on gardening, baking and cooking (like mastering the art of asparagus). In the Fall, when wine time rolls around, you can venture into the farmhouse’s wine cellar for a tasting of their locally produced vintages.
Monte Carlo – Monaco is home to a lot of great hotels and restaurants. At Joël Robuchon, Hotel Metropole’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, you can learn directly from head chef Christophe Cussac, chef de cuisine Romain Heim and pastry chef Patrick Mesiano. After learning how to prepare a savory and a sweet dish, in the evening you can enjoy a live kitchen show at the Chef’s Table.
If you would like to experience molecular gastronomy, the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas is the perfect destination. In a small private room, é by José Andrés offers a 23-course tasting menu of Spanish avant garde dishes. The 9-seat chef’s table has only two seatings per evening, with chefs rolling out course after course, many cooked right at the table and meticulously plated with tweezers, dry ice embellishments, and novelty dishware – including plaster replicas of Chef Andrés’ hands.