COX & KINGS COOKS UP CHEF-LED CULINARY ADVENTURES
New Collection of Culinary Journeys Invite Travelers to Taste the World with Global TV Sensation “MasterChef”
LOS ANGELES, CA, (Perfect Travel Today)2/5/14/ Global travel outfitter Cox & Kings has created a new offering of culinary itineraries inspired by the international TV smash hit, “MasterChef” aptly named MasterChef Travel. From Vietnam to South Africa, travelers are escorted, in an intimate group of like-minded travelers, by the program’s former winners and fan-favorite contestants and immersed in destinations that reflect each home cook’s unique background and ethnic influences. This rare pairing enables guests to discover the locale and its food through the eyes of a “MasterChef” contestant and filter it through the lens of their culinary bonds with the cuisine.
Cox & Kings, The Americas has designed five “MasterChef”-inspired journeys, four that feature chef-led tours and hands-on cooking lessons with the personalities from past seasons of the show’s U.S. version, which airs on FOX and is produced by Shine America. Upcoming chef-led tours feature Season Three winner Christine Ha, Season Four winner Luca Manfé, Season One winner Whitney Miller and Season Three contestant Felix Fang.
Scott Wiseman, President, Cox & Kings, The Americas says, “This partnership is the perfect pairing of our expertise in creating bespoke travel and rare insider access with the culinary experts of MasterChef to guide travelers through their journeys. The new itineraries we have crafted really raise the bar on the immersive epicurean experience.”
Manfé, who will escort guests to his native Italy, says, “My dream continues to be realized with MasterChef Travel, and this exciting opportunity to share the robust culinary heritage of Tuscany and the Food Valley. Italy is my inspiration and this journey rekindles my childhood memories of smelling the aromas from my mother’s kitchen. I am thrilled that I can pass along my passion and lead others to discover the region’s abundance of flavors and cooking traditions.”
Four of these new Cox & Kings “MasterChef” journeys are small escorted groups with no more than 25 guests, and have set departure dates:
- Vietnam with Christine Ha, Winner of MASTERCHEF (U.S.), Season Three – Guests will travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City via Da Nang and Hué and learn about Christine’s amazing Vietnamese-influenced dishes, as she hosts an exclusive cooking course and street food tour. This journey is offered from October 5-12, 2014, and at $5,975 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Italy with Luca Manfé, Winner of MASTERCHEF (U.S.), Season Four – Travelers will discover Italy’s illustrious Food Valley and Tuscan wine country through Luca’s native eyes, when he hosts a full day of local wine and food tastings. The itinerary will be inspired by his unique cooking style, which will feature a strong European influence, along with a hands-on cooking course. This journey is offered from September 9-15, 2014 and at $5,985 per person, based on double occupancy.
- South Africa with Whitney Miller, winner of MASTERCHEF (U.S.), Season One – Cape Town and the Winelands are an ideal destination for an exotic foodie experience, and travelers will spend time with Whitney, whose southern-style cooking with a modern twist is as colorful and exciting as South Africa’s renowned Cape Malay cuisine. Culinary horizons are further broadened with a hands-on cooking class and tasting tour in the world famous gastronomic region of the Winelands, all hosted by Whitney. A three-day safari at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve within Greater Kruger National Park can be added to this itinerary for an additional cost. This journey is offered from June 15-22, 2014, at $5,250 per person, based on double occupancy.
- Hawaii with Felix Fang, contestant on MASTERCHEF (U.S.), Season Three – This Hawaiian culinary journey explores the natural scenic wonders of Maui, along with the island’s culinary eden of Kula. Guests can master the art of “Hawaiian sling fishing” and delve into Felix’s diverse culinary world during a hands-on cooking class with the Hawaiian native. This journey is offered from September 6-10, 2014, at $4,795 per person, based on double occupancy.
The fifth Cox & Kings itinerary is a Private Journey to Northern Spain. Guests will travel through the heart of Spain’s gastronomic regions and experience the best of what the Basque Country and La Rioja have to offer, including a tasting tour of San Sebastian’s specialties. The trip concludes in Barcelona, one of Spain’s most fascinating and iconic cities. As a private journey, this itinerary can be booked throughout the year with prices starting at $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy.
Throughout 2014, Cox & Kings, The Americas will expand its MasterChef Travel offerings to include over 30 culinary inspired trips globally. Additionally, US travelers will have the opportunity to book a MasterChef journey departing from destinations outside the US, including worldwide tours led by MasterChef UK talent. Detailed itineraries and pricing for all of the Cox & Kings “MasterChef” journeys can be viewed here www.MasterChefTravel.com All prices are quoted for land-only arrangements and exclude domestic, international and internal destination air transportation.
ABOUT COX & KINGS
With a history spanning more than 250 years, Cox & Kings is the world’s most enduring luxury travel brand. Born in 1758 as an India custom travel outfitter, the company today remains unwavering in its commitment to providing travelers with exquisite aspirational cultural and wildlife journeys. Specialized destination teams comprised of industry experts work directly with clients to share their extensive local product knowledge and offer extraordinary insider access. Cox & Kings’ worldwide sales and marketing offices provide a strong global presence and the rare ability to deliver exclusive individual bespoke and tailored group experiences to the world’s most exotic destinations: India & the Subcontinent, Africa, the Middle East, Asia & The Pacific, Latin America & Antarctica and Europe. For more information on Cox & Kings, please visit www.coxandkingsusa.com 1.800.403.5049
ABOUT SHINE AMERICA
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser and The Face, as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Minute to Win It and the upcoming series Slide Show, as well as scripted series including The Bridge and upcoming Gracepoint. Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban and Shine Latino, which develops and distributes original Spanish-language content to the U.S. marketplace.
The company also has a joint-venture with award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions). The global Shine 360˚ division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.
ABOUT MASTERCHEF TRAVEL
MasterChef Travel is a range of worldwide culinary journeys, some of which feature a MasterChef contestant. All MasterChef Travel tours are operated by Cox & Kings, the world’s longest established travel company. Its history stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). With operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia & New Zealand and throughout India, Cox & Kings organizes escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel worldwide.
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