John O'Ceallaigh, The Daily Telegraph, July 11, 2013
Epicureans, and gourmands, eager to explore the world’s best restaurants in comfort now have the chance to do so on a £155,000 trip that visits every three-Michelin-star restaurant in the world over a six-month period.
The Michelin guides award three stars to those restaurants judged to offer the most exceptional fine-dining experiences and only 107 venues throughout the world can claim that coveted accolade. That may not be much, but for couples embarking on the six-month tour it will be necessary to visit one of the restaurants every second day in order to keep to schedule.
Rest days can be used to visit a destination’s attractions and over the six-month period jetlag shouldn’t present too much of a problem. The 107 restaurants are spread across just 12 countries and during their travels, couples who book the package will spend a significant amount of time in Japan – Tokyo alone has 15 three-star restaurants. Other destinations will include New York, home to restaurants such as Jean Georges and Thomas Keller’s Per Se, and Paris, where there will be visits to restaurants such Epicure in Le Bristol hotel, where diners can sample its signature stuffed macaroni with black truffle . (The link takes you to that dish’s recipe and gives some indication of the work that goes into creating cuisine of this standard.)
Jean-Georges' Maine ruby shrimp and sea urchin, green chili and lime
In Britain, it will be possible to dine at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester in London and on snail porridge and ‘Sound of the Sea’ at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray. The latter seafood dish is served on a bed of tapioca ‘sand’ and diners consume it while listening to an iPod that plays recordings of the sea. Not everyone’s a fan of the gimmick, however. Although he also named The Fat Duck one of the world’s best restaurants, Raymond Blanc found the musical element of that dish a disruptive imposition .
Now available to book, the package has been arranged by luxury-launches website VeryFirstTo and holidaysplease.co.uk. Previous VeryFirstTo holiday packages have included a £47,000 holiday just for dogs in the ‘Paw Seasons’ hotel and a two-year, £990,000 holiday which would see a couple visit every World Heritage Site in the world. The cost of the Michelin package includes travel accommodation, flights and meals at the restaurants, with the value of the meals being estimated at £250 per head each, including house wines.