Four Seasons Brings Guests Closer To The World’s Most Exclusive Culinary Journey With All-New Travel Gift
It’s often the gifts that don’t fit in a box that are the most treasured. The opportunity to travel the world, expand our horizons, see and do things we’ve never done before – those are the gifts that last a lifetime of memories
Now, Four Seasons has created the ultimate gift for the gourmand: an extraordinary voyage through cuisines and cultures in nine countries from May 27 to June 14, 2017. Highlighted by a series of Michelin-starred dining experiences, immersive cooking classes, foraging expeditions, and market tours led by renowned chefs and local culinary pioneers, Culinary Discoveries takes guests on a 19-day odyssey across two continents, with air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.
Taking luxury hospitality to new heights, the Four Seasons Private Jet opens doors to the world’s most intriguing destinations and extraordinary experiences. Guests travel aboard the 52-seat custom-designed Boeing 757 and stay exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts, with dedicated staff both in the air and on the ground tailoring each journey to each guest’s own interests.
Along the way, Four Seasons Private Jet guests will meet other legends of the global food scene including Namae Shinobu, Alvin Leung Jr, Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, and Jiro Ono, who gained worldwide recognition for his 10-seat restaurant in the Tokyo subway through the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Guests will also meet leading Four Seasons chefs including Christian Le Squer of three Michelin star Le Cinq in Paris, and Chan Yan Tak of Lung King Heen in Hong Kong, the world’s first Chinese restaurant to earn three Michelin stars.
A Culinary Itinerary Like No Other
A small group of culinary adventurers will meet in Seoul, where they will get to know one another at a private dinner in the home of chef Jong Kuk Lee. In the days to come, guests will dine on wagyu and Kobe beef in Tokyo, and learn about molecular gastronomy in Hong Kong in addition to enjoying a traditional feast of whole suckling pig. In northern Thailand, the group goes on an elephant trek, followed by a market visit in Mumbai before the Four Seasons Private Jet takes off for Europe. In Florence, guests meet an eighth-generation butcher and visit Michaelangelo’s David during a private viewing, and in Lisbon, they explore a city and cuisine shaped by its seafaring history. After an exclusive foraging and dining experience in Copenhagen, guests jet off to Paris for a farewell dinner to remember at Four Seasons Hotel George V.
CULINARY DISCOVERIES, MAY 27 – JUNE 14, 2017
On this groundbreaking journey developed in partnership with world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, track the evolution of food, culture, and creativity across Asia and Europe. Curated by René Redzepi and Noma, you’ll enjoy an insider’s look into the people, places, and products that are changing the culinary landscape of our world.
Seoul, South Korea – Four Seasons Hotel Seoul: Begin your extraordinary culinary expedition with a private dinner at chef Jong Kuk Lee’s home to experience his renowned farm-to-table cuisine. Visit the Jin-Kwan temple to learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of temple food. Celebrate your time in Korea with a meal at Jungsik, ranked in the top 10 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Tokyo, Japan – Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Marunouchi: 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 Savour a private dinner at Yakiniku Nakahara, one of the city’s finest Kobe beef destinations. Take a sushi-making class, attend a Tokyo Giants baseball game, and learn the basic movements of sword fighting.
Hong Kong – Four Seasons Resort Hotel Hong Kong: Begin your culinary immersion with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons. Join chef Alvin Leung Jr. at his restaurant, Bo Innovation, and dive into the avant-garde world of molecular gastronomy at an “X-treme Chinese Dinner.” Cruise Hong Kong’s scenic harbor at sunset in a traditional red-sail junk boat.
Chiang Mai, Thailand – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai: Embark on an elephant trek through a lush landscape of mist-covered mountains to a nearby hill tribe village. Join former Noma chef Garima Arora for lunch and an exclusive visit to a Royal Project farm, part of a national effort to boost sustainable farming. Enjoy the country’s distinctive flavors at a dinner with acclaimed chef David Thompson.
Mumbai, India – Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai: Sample the multilayered flavors of India’s cultural capital, from the ubiquitous chaats—or street food—to cutting-edge menus at elite restaurants. Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to prepare traditional specialties with former Noma chef Garima Arora. Garima is also your guide in a visit to vibrant Crawford Market, and during an evening street food crawl.
Florence, Italy – Four Seasons Hotel Firenze: Meet with pioneering winemakers Tenuta di Valgiào at their lush estate that occupies a medieval site. Learn from the poetic Dario Cecchini, a fifth-generation butcher, before moving on to dinner at Il Bucaniere on the beach of San Vincenzo. Back in Florence, enjoy private visits to the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria Dell’Accademia.
Lisbon, Portugal – Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon: Join acclaimed Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes on a food tour of Lisbon followed by lunch, or carry on and let him show you the best of Lisbon’s night life and street food. Cap your time in Portugal with a gala dinner of modern takes on Portuguese classics at Belcanto, José Avillez’s two-star Michelin restaurant.
Copenhagen, Denmark – Day Trip: Receive a very special welcome from Rene Redzepi, one of the most influential chefs in the world and the mastermind behind your journey. Forage with the Noma team and enjoy aperitifs on Amanger Beach. Gather for a full private meal with Noma including exclusive behind-the-scenes access and insights about their vision for the future of Noma.
Paris, France – Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, Paris: Admire Paris from the water, enjoying champagne and oysters as you cruise the Seine on a private riverboat. Enjoy an intimate tasting session in the historic, secret wine cellar at the hotel. Take a day trip to the historic beaches of Normandy, then return to Paris and toast your adventure with a private farewell dinner at the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Le Cinq.
A Special Gift from Four Seasons
Exclusively for the Culinary Discoveries journey, Four Seasons is offering complimentary business class airfare from each guest’s home city to the starting point in Seoul, Korea, and back from Paris, France – a value of up to USD 5,000 per person.
“The list of dining experiences alone is astounding. Other travelers could spend weeks or months trying to secure reservations at any of these restaurants, and then plan a special trip around one meal. Here, Four Seasons has secured the best tables and behind-the-scenes access, all in one incredible trip filled with opportunities to eat, drink and explore to your heart’s content,” says Director of Guest Experience and On-Board Concierge Javier Loureiro, noting that Four Seasons Private Jet guests will have rare opportunities to learn the secrets of Michelin-starred chefs, go on market and foraging excursions, enjoy hands-on tutorials and more, all in the company of like-minded travelers.
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