Call it the motherlode of luxury foodie tours. It’s Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts rolling out a new “Culinary Discoveries” private jet journey for 2017 in partnership with one of the world’s most renowned restaurants, Copenhagen’s Noma, and its head chef Rene Redzepi.
“Tracing food influences and cultures across Asia and Europe, from the vibrant history and traditions of Chiang Mai, Copenhagen and Florence to the cosmopolitan energy of Tokyo, Seoul and Paris, guests will discover or reconnect with the cities and cultures that continue to shape the tastes and flavors of the world,” promises the luxury hotel company. Travelers stay at Four Seasons properties across the globe during the trip, which costs a whopping $135,000 per person.
Here are highlights of the trip, operating from May 27 to June 14 between Seoul and Paris.
In Seoul guests will begin their culinary expedition with a private dinner at Chef Jong Kuk Lee’s home to experience his renowned farm-to-table cuisine before visiting the Jin-Kwan temple to learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of ancient temple food. In Tokyo, the group will explore one of the world’s most heralded culinary destinations, joining 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.
From there, guests will venture on to Hong Kong, where they can take tours of local markets and cooking classes with Michelin-starred chefs. Continuing on to Mumbai, guests can sample the distinctive flavors of the city, enjoying the aromatic curries and colourful spices of Mumbai’s street-food.
From India, it’s on to Florence, where they will meet with pioneering wine makers in their medieval estates and explore the Chianti countryside. Guests will also experience dinner with the legendary Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, who will return from retirement for a single night to cook alongside his son, Fulvietto Pierangelini.
The Four Seasons Private Jet will then continue to Lisbon where guests will enjoy gala dinners, Michelin star dining, and an insider’s tour of the historic Mercado da Ribeira before jetting on to Copenhagen, home to Noma. There, guests will join the Noma team in foraging for local ingredients to be used at their private dinner at Noma that evening. Culinary Discoveries will continue on to Paris, culminating with a farewell dinner at the famed Michelin-starred Le Cinq at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.