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EXPERTLY DONE TRAVEL SERIES

Premier Tours & Travel is an award-winning agency for leisure, luxury, and business 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 Chef Bob Waggoner, Sommelier Pierson Ryan, and Artist Lucy Weigle. We are proud to partner with such experts to create bespoke itineraries to ensure a premier experience of a lifetime. 

South of the Equator: Argentina With Chef Bob Waggoner

Premier Tours & Travel and Chef Bob Waggoner are headed south of the equator for two weeks in early 2020, and you won't want to miss experiencing one -- or both -- of these bespoke, luxury tours. During the first week February 24-March 3, 2020, we will lead you on Argentinean cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventures throughout Buenos Aires and Mendoza, including renown wineries in the Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valleys. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, such as Relais & Chateaux property Cavas Wine Lodge and Palacio Duhau -- Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, as well as Chef dinners and exclusive, bespoke winery cooking experiences with Chef Bob and the winery Chefs.

South of the Equator: Chile With Chef Bob Waggoner

Chef Bob Waggoner is headed south of the equator for two weeks in early 2020 and you won’t want to miss experiencing one — or both — of these bespoke, luxury tours. During the second week, March 2-March 10, 2020, Premier and Chef Bob will lead you on a 7-night Chilean historical, cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventure throughout Santiago, UNESCO city of Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and La Serena, as well as acclaimed vineyards in the Casablanca and Elqui Valleys and a pisco distillery tour. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, Chef dinners, and cooking classes will make this truly a Premier experience. 

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

A once-in-a-lifetime tour of Tuscany's finest wine and epicurean offerings May 8-19, 2020 under the guidance of one of the most highly acclaimed chefs in the United States and France ... Chef Bob Waggoner. After traversing the villages and markets, enjoy two Chef dinners with Chef Bob, two Chef dinners with an acclaimed Tuscan Chef, and two collaboration Chef dinners.

 

Luxury Culinary and Winery Tour of Provence with Chef Bob Waggoner

From Saint Paul de Vence and Tourettes sur Loup, to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Aix en Provence, and Gordes … and the many picturesque villages in between, Chef Bob Waggoner will enliven your senses May 19-30, 2020. Partake in five different wine tastings and one olive oil tasting, gaze upon sunflowers and lavender fields, and experience unsurpassed culinary delights (with six Chefs dinners and two optional cooking classes) throughout your 12-night trip through Provence. (From $5,840 per person based on dbl. occupancy; single supplement $1,500. Airfare not included.)

 

Explore the Provence Palette Through the Eyes of Acclaimed Artist Lucy Weigle 

From Grasse, St. Paul de Vence, and Pont du Loup, to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice, Aix en Provence, and Gordes ... as well as the many picturesque villages in between, renowned Artist Lucy Weigle and Provence will enliven all of your senses and inspire your creativity from October 1 - October 12, 2019. Immerse yourself in the rich colors of Provence over the course of this 11-night art experience, finding time to paint or photograph between numerous guided walking tours, gallery and museum visits, and wine tastings, among other adventures. From $4,885 per person based on double occupancy; Single Supplement $1,500. Based upon 16 people.

About Chef Bob Waggoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

A California native, Chef Bob Waggoner 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 we 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 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award.

Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he won an Emmy for his television show “Off the Menu” with Turner South, and was the host of the PBS series "U Cook with Chef Bob" and "U Travel with Chef Bob." He is currently working with top country musicians in Nashville on the hit show "Sing for Your Supper." Now Chef Bob is moving on from his restaurant past, but he is certainly not leaving the kitchen. Drawing from the wealth of artisans in the Charleston area, from woodworkers to artists and cabinet makers, Chef Bob has created a stunning demonstration kitchen in downtown Charleston with reclaimed wood floors, a u-shaped marble countertop and even a Grand player piano. Despite the sophisticated surroundings, Chef Bob's cooking classes are relaxed and casual, and with his easy going nature he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants. 

About Sommelier Pierson Ryan

Pierson Ryan is first and foremost the father of two great kids, Ridge and Hudson, and husband to his wife, Erika. Growing up Italian, food and wine were more than a passion for Pierson, it was the fabric of his culture. His grandmother owned and operated a fine dining Italian restaurant for 40 years in Vermont. His father owned and operated eight restaurants and managed others for 25 years as owner of a restaurant consulting company. His brother is a Certified Chef with a huge talent and a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America. And his mother is an incredible cook and lover of great wine. So, as you can see, the pairing of great food with the correct wine is part of Pierson’s DNA. He completed the Level 2 Certified Sommelier exam just over three years ago and is currently working at Los Angeles-based Free Run Juice, a small distribution wine company in California focusing on highly rated, small production wines from around the world. Prior to working with Free Run Juice, Pierson helped manage and organize the wine sections for four Trader Joe's locations over the course of 10 years. Although his favorite wines come from California, France, and Northern Italy, he is passionate about all wines – particularly when he can personally pair them with food. He shared that, “To me, wine and food is a symbiotic relationship as important as air is to a human being.” His life’s passion is to help people learn about food and wine and to make it an approachable, fun, and relaxed experience in any setting.