Masters in the Kitchen

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme sits near the Louvre Museum and the Opéra.

Park Hyatt is launching a new “masters” program in January that will including culinary workshops that allow guests to roll up their sleeves and get an insider’s perspective on how hotel chefs deliver their cuisine, from market to table.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Paying tribute to the vibrant colors and flavors of the Maldives, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will provide masters-to-be the opportunity to embark on a traditional Maldivian fishing boat (called a dhoni) for a twilight fishing excursion. Local Touch: Guests visit a nearby island, as well, to meet local residents, who will take them on a tour of a farm. Light Maldivian refreshments will be served in the home of a local.

The following day, chefs-in-training are escorted to restaurant Battuta where they will be given a synopsis on the kinds of dishes that will be prepared with the previous day’s bounty. After picking herbs in the hydroponics garden, the Battuta kitchen staff will lead a demonstration in fish preparation.

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Park Hyatt Maldives
Park Hyatt Maldives is surrounded by more than 150 pristine islands.

Our favorite, “In the Moment,” brings hard work to a close when guests sit for lunch at Battuta to sample the dishes that have been prepared.

Tip: We hear that the Park Pool Villas at the resort are the most spacious option, measuring at more than 1,200 square feet.

Each Park and Park Pool villa has an outdoor garden area with terrazzo bathtub and rain shower along with private beach access. Park Water Villas have 180-degree ocean views from a private sundeck.

Luxury travel advisors can contact Director of Sales Kirsty Danks-Brown ([email protected]; 011-960-682-1234) with queries.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Attention to detail is paramount in Japanese culture and cuisine. At the Park Hyatt Tokyo, guests will meet Japanese Chef Kenichiro Ooe at sunrise (it is, after all, the Land of the Rising Sun) for a Sake drink. Chef Ooe will take guests “In the Field” to the Tsukiji Fish Market where they will meet select market suppliers and handpick fresh and seasonal ingredients to use “In the Kitchen” later that day.

Personal Touch: Chef Ooe will take guests to a Japanese kitchen and knife shop where each guest will receive a custom-engraved knife. Best of all: The experience is capped with a Japanese breakfast (sushi, anyone?).

Note: Not a morning person? Plan to schedule a massage treatment after returning from the outing.

 

Park Hyatt Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza is home to the European-style Regency Casino Mendoza.

Later that afternoon, guests will rejoin Chef Ooe in the Private Dining restaurant to begin the prep for dinner. Ooe will brief them on Japanese cooking techniques as well as provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare traditional Japanese dishes. Aspiring master chefs can then cap off the experience with a private dinner paired with Japanese wines and sake.

We recommend booking one of the hotel’s 23 suites. Tip: For your most VIP guests, book the enormous Presidential Suite, which has a living and dining room, kitchen, library, grand piano, guest bath, and marble bath with rain shower, sauna and spa tub. We love that the room also comes with a private butler.

Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Director of Sales & Marketing Yuko Ijichi ([email protected]; 011-81-3-5323-3456).

Park Hyatt Mendoza

Oenophiles know Argentina’s Mendoza well, but the vineyard-rich region is also home to world-class olive oil. The masters program at Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa will have a tasting of locally produced olive oil during an olive oil-themed cooking class.

 

Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New Yo rk Grill (here) serves specialties from the open kitchen.

Guests will sample olive oil varietals in an exclusive taste test with specialist Miguel Zuccardi. A cooking class will follow with special recipes based on olive oil. At the final dinner, attendees will sample their culinary creations paired with some of the country’s most coveted wine selections.

Make sure your elite clients stay in style at the resort. We suggest the Presidential Suite, the Governors Suite and the Park Suite. The Presidential Suite, the most lavish accommodation, has a whirlpool spa bath and views over the pool and Andes Mountains.

If the Presidential Suite is booked, your clients will still swoon for the Governors Suite, which has views of the Andes, marble bath and two bedrooms. The Park Suite is slightly smaller than the Governors Suite but still offers spectacular mountain views.

Reach out to Director of Sales Lucas Paracha ([email protected]; 011-54-261-441-1203) for more information.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme uses the City of Light as its rich epicurean backdrop for the masters series. The program begins at Les Enfants Rouges Market in the über-posh Marai area. Here, guests tour the market with Chef Jean-Francois Rouquette.

Mixologists (and those who just love a good libation) can take an exclusive cocktail class at Le Bar with Yann Daniel, turning “In the Kitchen” to “In the Bar.” They can then finish off the experience with a wine tasting session with Rut from le Pur’ restaurant.

Live Louis XIV-style in an Imperial Suite, the most spacious suite available at the palace of poshness. We say the 2,690-square-foot room is fit for the Sun King himself, with high ceilings, living room, dining area and more. Top Touch: The suite is equipped with the In Suite Spa concept (think a spa bathroom with whirlpool bath, steam room shower and a table for massages).

Get in touch with Alessandra Ruggeri ([email protected]; 011-33-1-5871-1228), director of sales and marketing, with all your luxury questions. 

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Among the seasonal offerings at Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. (parkwashington.hyatt.com) we think their salute to Autumn is most appealing. Guests in the masters program will indulge in “An American Harvest,” sampling some of the “good stuff,” (think local hard apple cider and seasonal dessert tastings).

In the evenings masters-to-be will tuck into an intimate five-course dinner at Blue Duck Tavern. Executive Chef Brian McBride and local chocolatier Zoe Tsoukatos blend flavors to create a truly decadent experience. We love that  the meal is complemented with a selection of Pinot Noirs.

Night owls let the party continue after dinner on Blue Duck Tavern’s outdoor terrace. Whiskey neophytes and aficionados alike will love the sampling of rye whiskey from Catoctin Creek, the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. The evening is topped off with freshly rolled Dominican cigars and artisan chocolate.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.’s Presidential Suite. The 1,632-square-foot corner suite can come with one or two bedrooms, if desired.

The bathroom (spa-inspired, of course) has a custom rain and hand shower, flat-panel television and hand-carved tub. The room has a separate living area, a baby grand piano, private butler’s pantry, dining table and more. Nice touch: A complimentary chauffeur driven sedan is available, as well.

Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Area Director of Sales and Marketing Ernie Arias ([email protected]; 202-419-6688).

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