About Us



Previous Trips:

France - Carcassonne

Portugal - Porto

Switzerland - Lausanne

Italy - Sicily

Spain - Seville

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our founder

Brian Smith
 is a Californian who has lived in the UK for over 30 years. Smith’s passion for travel, food and drink has been gained through living, working, and travelling in America, Africa, Europe, and London. In parallel to his professional career as a publisher, Smith has developed a food travel passion by developing close relationships with hotel owners, chefs, food artisans and producers, wine guides and tourism agencies. Smith served as the Royal Automobile Club Chairman of the Food & Beverage Committee (Pall Mall clubhouse) of the Royal Automobile Club of London, was a member of the Club’s Wine Committee and served on the Club's Pall Mall Committee. A member of the Royal Society of Culinary Arts, Smith continues to seek new experiences and develop relationships that will help him provide a taste of… the best in gastronomic travel.

our consultant

Giles Thompson is the owner and Executive Chef of the award-winning Earl of March in Lavant, Sussex. He formerly was the Executive Head Chef and protégé of the brilliant Michel Bourdin of the Ritz Hotel London. After spending nine years training under Chef Bourdin at the Connaught, Giles moved to Danesfield House, Buckinghamshire, where he achieved two AA rosettes (as Executive Chef) and an RAC restaurant award for classical cuisine with a contemporary twist. He joined the Ritz Hotel as Executive Chef in 1997 where he combined traditional and modern styles. His excellence and creativity there were recognized by the accreditation of the Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales. He was also feted by The Soil Association for commitment to organics; both accolades were a first in the restaurant world. Affter 20 years in mainstream deluxe hotels, Thompson moved to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Marylebone as Head of School, where he taught the disciplines of French regional and classical cookery.

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