NEW YORK, April 29 — The Four Seasons has crafted a globetrotting culinary journey with the help of star chef Rene Redzepi that takes food lovers to nine gastronomic capitals across Europe and Asia aboard a private jet for the price of US$135,000 (RM524,535).
It’s a bucket list trip fit for a celebrity chef, and includes visits to some of the world’s most extravagant restaurants alongside street food tours and visits to local farms and markets.
Dubbed “Culinary Discoveries,” the three-week itinerary begins in Seoul, South Korea at the home of chef Jong Kuk Lee, who is renowned for his farm-to-table cuisine.
Following the private dinner, guests move on to a buddhist temple, where they learn about the history and preparation of ancient temple cuisine.
Other stops include Hong Kong, where guests participate in street food tours, and Chiang Mai, where they’ll explore traditional Thai markets and embark on elephant tours through the jungle.
In Copenhagen, guests will be led on a foraging tour with chefs from Noma — which has been named the world’s best restaurant four times by Restaurant magazine — and treated to a private dinner later that evening.
The edible odyssey ends in Paris with a farewell dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Cinq at the Four Seasons Hotel George V.
In total, the three-week journey stops in Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Mumbai, Florence, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Paris.
At US$135,000 per person, you can also bet that the in-flight amenities aboard the private Boeing 757 jet go beyond standard issue eye masks and earplugs.
Reconfigured to seat 52 passengers, the leather lie-flat seats are handcrafted in Italy. Cabin crew includes an onboard chef and concierge who are available at the guests’ beck and call.
And in place of ear buds and seatback entertainment, guests are gifted Bose noise-canceling headphones and iPads.
It’s not the first time a jetsetting travel itinerary has been created around exclusive culinary experiences.
In 2013, luxury British website Veryfirstto.com helped develop an epic, around-the-world itinerary that offered two people the chance to dine at all 109 three-Michelin-starred restaruants across 12 countries.
That package was priced at US$275,000.
The Four Seasons Culinary Discoveries package kicks off May 27 and runs through June 14, 2017.
Other jet tours include packages such as Global Getaway, International Intrigue, Extraordinary Adventures and Cultural Escape. — AFP-Relaxnews