The Four Seasons Hotels Limited have developed the adventure of a lifetime for true gourmands. With the help of Rene Redzepi – the chef behind the World’s Best Restaurant: Noma- the hotel group has planned an epic journey that takes travelers to 9 gastronomic capitals across Asia and Europe. The three week Culinary Discoveries begin in May and discover the magic of food in diverse locations from Chiang Mai, Copenhagen and Florence to Tokyo, Seoul and Paris. But the journey is not all about visiting restaurants, guests will also experience private kitchens, markets, farms as well as historical and cultural landmarks.
“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,” said Noma head chef René Redzepi. “From our team’s travels across Scandinavia to relocating our restaurant to Tokyo and Sydney, our international journeys have helped expand our minds and our tastes, and influenced the creativity of the Noma kitchen. We look forward to working with Four Seasons to help develop their first-ever Culinary Discoveries journey, and to create an experience that is truly memorable.”
Lasting from May 27 to June 14, the Culinary Discoveries trip will begin in Seoul, where guests will be treated to private dinner at Chef Jong Kuk Lee’s home. This will be followed by a trip to the Jin-Kwan temple to learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of ancient temple food. The next stop is Tokyo, where Private Jet passengers will join world-renowned Chef Namae Shinobu for a day of foraging outside the city, followed by a private dinner at his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Effervescence. In Hong Kong, street food awaits coupled with tours of local markets and cooking classes with Michelin-starred chefs. Chiang Mai will offer traditional Thai markets, an elephant trek through the jungle, and a private dinner with Garima Arora, a native of India and former Noma chef now based in Thailand. The next culinary destination is Mumbai, where guests will experience the city’s wide array of street food as well as the spices and curries that put the city on the global food map.
At the next stop: Florence, guests will meet with pioneering wine makers and explore the Chianti countryside. In Lisbon guests will enjoy gala dinners, Michelin star dining, and a tour of the historic Mercado da Ribeira before moving on to Copenhagen, home to Noma. Guests will forage for local ingredients and experience a private dinner at Noma. The journey will come to a close in Paris, with a farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Cinq at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
For $135,000 per person, guests will enjoy the best service and amenities on their private Boeing 757 jet, not to mention luxe accommodations at Four Seasons hotels. They’ll even throw in Bose noise-canceling headphones and iPads.
“This new itinerary is the perfect example of why the Four Seasons Private Jet was launched, and furthers our innovative approach in planning exceptional travel journeys that create unforgettable memories,” said Elizabeth Pizzinato, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Private Jet itineraries open doors to some of the world’s most exclusive experiences and extraordinary destinations. Through this collaboration and partnership with Noma we will explore new synergies and create a journey for our guests unlike any other.”