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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE

The Ital­ian job: Cel­e­brated chef Guy Grossi will lead a ‘‘dolce vita’’ food tour of Italy next May for a max­i­mum of 20 guests. The eight-day Tus­can Culi­nary Es­cape takes in Rome and Florence, with mar­ket vis­its, hands-on prepa­ra­tion of meals, ex­cur­sions to pro­duc­ers and cook­ing classes. De­part­ing Rome on May 21; $12,960 a per­son twin-share. More: aber­crom­biekent.com.au. Six of the best: Peru­vian food is flavour of the month and you can get to grips with the cui­sine dur­ing a 16-day culi­nary tour of Peru with Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Joanna Sav­ill. De­part­ing Lima on Novem­ber 10, it takes in mar­kets, street food stalls, restau­rants and cook­ing classes, plus a visit to Machu Pic­chu; $5990 a per­son, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, most meals and all tour­ing. The trip is one of six culi­nary ad­ven­tures just launched by World Ex­pe­di­tions; 2012 itin­er­ar­ies in­clude Bali with chef Will Meyrick, Morocco with Meera Free­man, a pil­grim­age to Spain’s San­ti­ago de Com­postela with author Dee Nolan and a tour of In­dia with MasterChef fi­nal­ist Jimmy Seer­vai. More: 1300 720 000; world­ex­pe­di­tions.com. Flavours of France: One of Mel­bourne’s hottest chefs, An­drew Mc­Connell, will con­duct an eight-day Tastes of Bur­gundy tour in the fa­mous French wine re­gion next year, in­clud­ing cook­ing classes, mar­ket and restau­rant vis­its, menu de­sign and wine tast­ings. Mc­Connell, ex­ec­u­tive chef and co-owner of Cut­ler & Co, Cu­mu­lus and Golden Fields restau­rants, joins Syd­ney chef Serge Dansereau and WA’s Kate La­mont on the 2012 Tastes of Bur­gundy cook­ing school cal­en­dar, which kicks off next April. Tours are $9000 a per­son, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in an 18th­cen­tury chateau near the vil­lage of Merusault, classes, ex­cur­sions, lo­cal trans­port, all meals, wine, cham­pagne and trans­fers. More: taste­sof­bur­gundy.com. Ja­panese to go: Orion II ex­pe­di­tion cruiser has in­tro­duced a one-off, eight-night Ja­panese Culi­nary Ad­ven­ture de­part­ing Kobe on April 27, 2012. At each port of call, pas­sen­gers will be in­tro­duced to a lo­cal dish, learn its his­tory and visit mar­kets to shop for ingredients be­fore be­ing taught how to pre­pare the dish by chef and cook­book author Hideo Dekura when they re­board. The culi­nary voy­age takes in Shi­monoseki, Bu­san (South Korea), Na­gasaki and Ok­i­nawa; $7490 a per­son for an Ocean Suite (less 20 per cent if booked by Novem­ber 30). More: ori­on­ex­pe­di­tions.com. Find your shangri-la: Cook­book author Robert Car­mack and tex­tile de­signer Mor­ri­son Polk­inghorne will run a North­west Yun­nan: Shangri La & Lit­tle Ti­bet tour to south­west China from March 18-25. Visit the Tiger Leap­ing Gorge World Her­itage site and try de­lights such as hot Ti­betan but­ter tea and Han-style sand-pot rice or noo­dles dur­ing this culi­nary jour­ney; from $US2199 a per­son (early bird fares un­til the end of the month). More: glo­be­trot­ting­gourmet.com/china.

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