5 delicious journeys as seen by …

On the occasion of the launch of the new brand campaign "Delicious Journeys", we asked five personalities – chef and gardener, manager and property owner – to tell us what they see as the enchantment of travel and the essence of taste. Proof, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

5 delicious journeys as seen by …

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On the occasion of the launch of the new brand campaign "Delicious Journeys", we asked five personalities – chef and gardener, manager and property owner – to tell us what they see as the enchantment of travel and the essence of taste. Proof, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

“Every bright, balanced, harmonious landscape is delicious.”

Alexandre Gauthier, Owner and Chef of La Grenouillère,
La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France
 

What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?
A glass of raw milk, still warm from milking time, on the Leviel family farm. And, in the more distant land of São Tomé and Príncipe, I tasted fresh cacao beans straight from the pod, like candy. Rather like a litchi, with a tart, complex flavor.

Is there always a degree of delicious delight in a journey?
Delight and travel are about discovery – discovery of a territory, a culture, savoir-faire, a cuisine. Discovery is delightful and delicious.

Balzac wrote, “Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a word…” And you?
Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a crumb. 


"Elegance, history, and culture are the components of the most delicious journeys.”

Misa Asaba, Owner of Ryokan Asaba,
Shizuoka, Japan
 

What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?
The “Katsuranagare Koshihikari” variety of rice grown in Shuzenji, near a spring of crystalline water born of the melting snows of Mount Fuji.

Is there always a degree of delicious delight in a journey?
The idea of delight changes with the place, from the moment one shares, with all guests seated. It is a precious and necessary notion.

Balzac wrote, “Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a word…” And you?
Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a contemplation.

 

“The charm of travel is to have the taste buds on alert at the mere prospect of imagining they’re going to taste something good.”

John Coykendall, Master Gardener,
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA

What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?
The real green beans we grow at Blackberry Farm. When they’re ready for picking, their pods are still tender. I like to cook them with a piece of bacon and a little garlic.  

What landscape brings to mind the word ‘delight’?
I see Tennessee’s rich hills carpeted in crops, a log cabin, the smell of green beans simmering and cornbread baking.

Balzac wrote, “Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a word…” And you?
Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a seed.

 

“A lake, an ocean, a mountain, a city – any landscape can be delicious once it piques your curiosity and your desire to explore.”

Matias de Cristobal, General Director of Awasi properties,
Awasi Iguazu, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
 

What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?
Our Pampas-raised, grass-fed beef. And the endives, straight from the earth, prepared by Laurent Petit, the three-Michelin-star chef at Relais & Châteaux Le Clos de Sens in Annecy, France, the simplest of pleasures.

Is there always a degree of delicious delight in a journey?
As Borges wrote, “Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment – the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” The delight lies in its capacity to open my appetite to the unknown.

Balzac wrote, “Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a word…” And you?
Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a single musical note.

 

“Readying for a journey is delicious in itself.”

Andrew Thomason, Managing Director,
Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, United Kingdom


What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever tasted?
The peaches from our recently restored orchard. When I close my eyes, I can smell the fragrance.

What landscape brings to mind the word ‘delight’?
The garden of Gravetye Manor is the jewel in our crown. Whatever the season, the emotions it engenders are delicious.

Balzac wrote, “Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on a word…” And you?
Often have I made the most delightful voyage, floating on the song of a bird.

 

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