Learning new dishes, recipes and traditions is one of the joys of getty travel When international travel stopped and customers started canceling upcoming trips, Tamar Lowell, CEO of Access Culinary Trips, realized that ‘she needed to rethink her business model – less in the short term. For more than two decades, the company had crafted boutique kitchen vacations, connecting travelers with people and cultures in destinations around the world. In the wake of a global economic downturn, Lowell was also keen to find a way to support and retain the cadre of expert chefs she had cultivated over the years. With people spending more time at home and looking for food, comfort and cooking entertainment, she found her business was perfectly ready – due to both her experience and her relationships – to adapt to the new environment. Another Kind of Distance Learning Cooking with Tuscan Chef Antonella Lamagna from Cortona, Italy Courtesy Cuiline Lowell recently launched a series of online cooking classes, called Cuiline, which bring renowned chefs to the kitchens of people who love cooking. food and travel. During the classes, which take place via Zoom (a free downloadable video conferencing platform), clients learn recipes, techniques and culinary traditions from a choice of destinations they might have visited in the past or hope to visit. in the future (for example, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Morocco, South Africa and Alaska). “Our Cuiline dining experiences are designed to transport cooks virtually home to another country for a few hours of cultural exchange,” says Lowell. The immersive cooking experience is also very social, accommodating small groups of no more than 15 people, allowing participants to quickly make friends; interact with guest chefs and learn about their customs and traditions; and share a unique experience at home, alongside close friends or family members (private lessons can also be arranged). To make meal preparation easier, attendees receive a gift box in the mail filled with genuine, high-quality, and possibly harder-to-find ingredients. They are also given a shopping list that details fresh ingredients (mostly meat, chicken or fish and fresh produce) that must be purchased locally a day or two before the meal. Classes last two to three hours each. Of course, they all end with a memorable multi-course meal that’s tied to a region or local region and is likely to be Instagram-worthy. Participants also glean tips and techniques to add to their own culinary repertoire, including the art of beautiful plating. Making Spanish Paella Courtesy of Cuiline As part of the package, a virtual kitchen assistant is available to help you and make sure there are no technological issues. Recipes and menus can be adapted to meet food allergies and aversions. For More Information Cuiline’s website lists the schedule of available courses, background and guidance of visiting chefs, and also provides pricing and other information. The experience is also a perfect birthday or anniversary gift for culinary travelers on lockdown! .