Traveling Gourmet: Masters in the Kitchen

For those epicureans who have been waiting for Park Hyatt's Masters of Food & Wine series, the wait is over. We hear that the global series of seasonally and locally inspired culinary weekend workshops will make its official debut at all 27 Park Hyatt hotels this month. The quarterly events will take place on January 13-15, March 23-25, June 22-24 and September 21-23.

Masters-to-be will participate in sessions to gain insight and exposure into the characteristics of regional cuisine. Segments of the program include "In the Field," which is interaction with artisanal food or beverage purveyors; "In the Kitchen," an onsite cooking and prep workshop; and "In the Moment," offering tips on service and presentation.

Want a taste of what's to be offered (pun intended)?

This weekend Park Hyatt Maldives will host a fishing excursion led by the hotel's Executive Chef and resident Marine Biologist. The following day, guests will collect local produce on a farm on a nearby island. After returning to the resort, they will learn regional cooking techniques and will enjoy a traditional Maldivian meal prepared with the fresh ingredients caught and collected.

Park Hyatt Washington will host a local microbrew tasting with the brew masters at PortCity Brewing Company, a winter tea blend tasting with Certified Tea Master Rodrick Markus, and an intimate cooking class with Blue Duck Tavern Chef de Cuisine John Melfi.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi will host an excursion to a local date farm. Following the excursion, guests are invited to a cooking class led by the culinary team where they will learn to prepare the region's famous hot and cold mezzo as well as delicious Arabic sweets.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is teaming up with ski legend Chris Anthony and Silver Oak Cellars to host a weekend of skiing, wining and dining. After hitting the slopes, enjoy Colorado cuisine prepared by 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill's Executive Chef, Christian Apetz, and a reserve wine tasting led by Silver Oaks.

For more information visit www.mastersfoodandwine.com.
 

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