Feast off the beaten track with top chefs

Visit a historic farm (left) on chef Dan Kluger's South African food tour, which covers Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and Kruger National Park.
Visit a historic farm (above) on chef Dan Kluger's South African food tour, which covers Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and Kruger National Park.PHOTO: ROAR AFRICA

NEW YORK • No appetite to eat out yet again at a familiar restaurant, even if the cook is famous?

Here is another option on the menu - lap up culinary experiences led by working chefs, both on land and at sea.

Travel company Black Tomato has started Tasting Notes, a series of journeys led by Michelin-starred chefs and personalities from the television series Chef's Table.

Participants can explore foodie destinations from Spain and Slovenia to Peru and Argentina.

In Basque Country in northern Spain, chef Daniel Lopez takes guests into the private world of members-only cooking clubs, on a tour of his favourite pintxo bars and into his critically acclaimed Kokotxa kitchen for a cooking class.

This trip is offered year-round, with five-night itineraries starting at US$5,135 (S$7,100) a person, based on double occupancy.

Roar Africa has teamed up with lauded farm-to-table chef Dan Kluger, of New York eatery Loring Place, to offer a South African journey taking place in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and Kruger National Park.

From Oct 27 to Nov 5, guests receive insiders' access to artisanal shops, farmers' markets, breweries, wineries and top restaurants.

The trip culminates with a wilderness excursion and a hands-on training session with Kluger.

Prices range upwards of US$15,600 a person, based on double occupancy.

Kanthi Kiran Thamma, an award-winning Indian chef, leads guests on culinary sojourns to cities in southern India and Sri Lanka through his company, Spice Circuit.

From Nov 17 to 25, you can join him in Sri Lanka to get your fill of food markets, spice gardens and tea plantations.

Guests also get to cook alongside expert chefs to master local recipes like rice-flour pancakes and a seven-vegetable curry.

Prices start at US$2,325, based on double occupancy.

Windstar Cruises is joining the James Beard Foundation to create gourmet-themed voyages accompanied by all-star chefs and sommeliers.

Each sailing includes chef demonstrations, trips to local markets and producers, and dinners with beverage pairings.

Pastry chef Emily Luchetti will accompany guests from Nov 26 to Dec 6 through Polynesia, escorting them to a family-owned vanilla plantation in Tahiti.

Tickets start at US$3,399 a person, based on double occupancy.

Aqua Expeditions picked top Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino to host a limited-edition culinary trip on the Amazon River from Oct 29 to Nov 2, with prices from US$4,050 a person, based on double occupancy.

He will introduce gourmands to exotic fruits, whip up ceviche and tamales, and lead tastings of local specialities.

Are you not hungry now for such a feast?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Feast off the beaten track with top chefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe