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EXPERTLY DONE CULINARY & WINE TRAVEL SERIES


Premier Tours & Travel is an award-winning agency for tours and travel worldwide. Through our Expertly Done Travel Series, explore cultures, food, wine, and the arts enhanced by the knowledgeable, approachable insights of Premier’s hand-selected experts, such as acclaimed chefs, brand ambassadors, sommeliers, and artists. We offer exclusive opportunities and exceptional access via these experts. We are proud to partner with each of them to create bespoke itineraries to ensure a Premier Experience of a Lifetime. 

CHEF BOB WAGGONER

Premier Tours & Travel is proud to partner with In the Kitchen's Chef Bob Waggoner -- a culinary legend, Emmy award-winning personality, and author of the Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine cookbook -- to create culinary tours throughout the world for our Expertly Done Travel Series.

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. He is author of the Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine cookbook. 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.

 

  

Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre

Premier Tours & Travel is proud to introduce our tours with Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre, a native Spanish celebrity chef. Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre is a renowned chef in Spain with a following throughout the country for her magnetic personality and culinary style. She is a radio and television personality, as well as the leading chef at Alambique Escuela de Cocina cooking school, founder of We Present catering company, and the face of Orujo de Aceite de Oliva in Spain.

 

Languages: Spanish (native speaker),  English (fluent) , French (fluent)

Highlights of Recent Work Experience

2009 to present  -  Alambique Escuela de Cocina cooking school

Chef leading cooking events at Alambique.: hands-on gastronomic events, team-buildings and corporate events, specialising in traditional Spanish cuisine.  Also teaching hand-on beginners courses and cooking with confidence classes, as well as  cookery classes for children including classes which combine cooking and magic

2013– present – Founder and partner in catering company We Present

Serving weddings, christenings, first communions , birthday parties, dinners and corporate events with chef Sergio Fernandez.

2018 to Present  - Ambassador For ORIVA

Cooking demonstrations and helping professionals and hotelerie schools learn how to use Orujo de Aceite de Oliva in particular in frying techniques. Included trainning for the “perfect fritter ” challenge.  Over 2020 this took the form of remote classes and videos for social media. 

  

CHEF DAVE MARTIN

Premier Tours & Travel is excited to introduce one of our newest Expert hosts: Chef Dave Martin.

In 2006, Dave took a chance on a new reality show called ‘Bravo’s Top Chef‘ without knowing where the experience would lead him. It proved to be an incredible opportunity where he could put himself out there in front of America and prove that he could thrive under pressure in the kitchen. Viewers fell in love with Dave’s personality along with his ability to transform old school dishes into updated comfort food classics.

Fast forward to 2022 and Dave has proven to be a global flavor expert that knows how to work with the ingredients indigenous to any region and create dishes that stay true to their origin. There’s no better example than his two most recent projects in NYC- Chama Mama (a Georgian restaurant) and Dalup (an Indian fast-casual spot). His new cookbook, ‘The Tequila Diet’ (an exploration of Mexican food and drink) goes live in May of this year in partnership with El Bastón del Rey Tequila.

Aside from his restaurant and food truck experience, Dave works with a consulting group that provides innovation and insight to big food companies like ConAgra, PepsiCo and Yum Brands. These projects help big food companies keep on trend through research and meetings with the top chefs around the country to find out what’s happening out in the marketplace. This keeps him in tune with current and future trends and ensures that he on top of his game with nationwide trends and not just with what’s hot in NYC. Under these big food companies, he has worked for brands like Hunts, Rotel, KFC & Bertolli along with doing recipe development and desk side product launches for food commodities brands like Lamb Weston (Grown in Idaho and Alexia brands), The California Walnut Board and The US Apple Board.

When Dave isn’t working on restaurant projects or hosting immersions for major food companies, he’s running his events division. Producing interactive corporate events for companies like Cisco Systems, UBS, NBC & Estee Lauder to large scale programming across the country for Tufts University and Women’s Health Magazine. Cooking classes, intimate dinner parties and wine pairing events in wine country like Willamette Valley, Santa Barbara and Los Olivos round out the roster. It’s all about Food, Wine, Spirits and Travel in Dave’s world where he’s trying to take it all in one day at a time. Dave even made his way back to the small screen on Food Network’s Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen winning both shows.

Dave is proud to be “Fast Food Sober” for 17 years now and is an avid promoter, supporter and advocate for a healthier lifestyle through cooking with fresh, real ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

Join Premier Tours & Travel for our virtual series, Expertly Done Culinary & Wine TraVirtual, to rouse in you a passion for our featured destinations and their distinct cultures, exceptional wines, and culinary delights with virtual tastings and cooking demonstrations with our Expert Hosts. During these one-hour, virtual presentations we hope to enhance your armchair travel through the fork or glass. Learn more.