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Bespoke Luxury Culinary and Winery Tour of Tuscany with Chef Bob Waggoner

Benvenuti in Toscana!

Your Bespoke, Luxury Adventure in Tuscany with Chef Bob Waggoner includes:

·          7 night stay in a luxury villa with pool near Pienza and Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

·          Maid Service daily

·          3 Nights stay in the lovely Brunelleschi Hotel or similar in Florence, Italy

·          Guided walking tour of Florence to include the Galleria dell’ Accademia to view the Michelangelo’s David

·          Visit to San Lorenzo Market and the Centrale Market for shopping!  Not to be missed!

·          10 Breakfasts; 2 Chef Dinners with Chef Bob; 2 Chef Dinners with a local Tuscan chef; 2 Collaboration Chef Dinners; 1 Welcome Dinner in Florence, Italy

·          2 Optional Cooking Classes with Chef Bob

·          Guided Pecorino Cheese Tasting with wine at Podere Il Casale, small local farm

·          Private Wine Tasting of the Wines of Tuscany at the Villa with Sommelier, Kljadi Belaj

·          Welcome/Arrival Wine and Cheese Gathering at the villa

·          Guided walking tour of Cortona and Montepulciano to include a Wine Tasting with lunch at Talosa Winery in Montepulciano, and a visit to the local market

·          Guided Olive Oil, Wine and Charcuterie Tastings at Agricola Fontanelle with a guided tour of the Rosati Farm  

·          Guided tour of Siena (3 hours) to see the largest medieval square in the world where the Palio Horse Races take place every year and taste of the fabulous gelato

·          A visit to the postcard perfect village of San Gimignano with its renowned towers, followed by lunch with olive oil and Chianti wine tasting

·          A visit to the picturesque village of Pienza, known for its famous pecorino cheese, for a guided walking tour and shopping in the local shops and markets; shopping the pecorino cheese shops with Chef Bob

·          A stop at the lovely walled village of Monticchiello for a Dinner and Wine Pairing Event at Osteria La Porta with amazing views overlooking the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

·          All Private Transfers as required within the program

·          Tourist Tax and VAT

 AIRLINE TICKET COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

 

Feed Your Soul Under the Tuscan Sun with Chef Bob

Secure your spot for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Tuscany's finest wine and epicurean offerings under the guidance of one of the most highly acclaimed chefs in the United States and France.

Chef Bob Waggoner Bob received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo. He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France. In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.  He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year, Chef Bob was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001-2005 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he has won an Emmy for his television show “Off the Menu” with Turner South. He also hosted 2 cooking shows with PBS, U Cook with Chef Bob and Sing for Your Supper with Chef Bob. Currently, he is the owner of “In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner” where he hosts cooking classes in a relaxed, casual, and sophisticated atmosphere. With his easygoing nature, he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.dining or a casual breakfast.

Traverse Tuscan villages and vineyards with Chef Bob and then return to the beautiful Casa Crete for respite and refueling -- as well as hands-on cooking classes.

Casa Crete is a superb and stylish farmhouse with extensive outdoor areas, set in one of Tuscany’s most spectacular locations, immersed in Val d’Orcia’s enchanted countryside. Each and every corner is characterized by rustic, understated elegance and unique country-style furnishings that are enhanced by sophisticated, creative touches such as the ceilings’ wooden beams whitewashed in pastel colors and the antique terracotta floor tiles. The property has a main villa and a charming annex, an ancient barn, and both have been fully renovated and splendidly furnished and decorated.  All bedrooms are ensuite with fully renovated and modern baths. Surrounded by the typical Val d'Orcia clay hillocks, you can enjoy stunning 360° views over the valley and its hill towns. The common areas are spacious and beautifully furnished and decorated in a unique style. You will marvel at the hilltop villages, castles and vineyards and sip the celebrated red wines of Montepulciano, while soaking up the Tuscan countryside.