Travel. For some, the pure love of travel is just part of their DNA. Now that the world has opened up again, the desire to travel has exploded ~ and taken some new and exciting directions. Just ask Rhode Island’s very own “celebrity chef,” Chef Walter Potenza.
Many may recognize Chef Walter from his many appearances on Channel 6’s weekend cooking segments. Others may know him from his culinary school, aptly named Chef Walter’s Cooking School ~ one here in Rhode Island, another in Dubai, UAE. Some may even know him from his years as a restauranteur. Chef Walter is a busy man, and his life got a whole lot busier when he took his passion for travel, for cuisine, for teaching and for exploring the world to a whole new level.
Today, as he has done since 1996, Chef Walter leads Culinary Tours throughout Italy. Combining his love of his homeland (he is a native of Abruzzo, Italy) with his true calling as a Master Chef who specializes in Italian and Jewish cooking and who has a lifelong commitment to the sustainability of the planet, he takes his guests on sensory journeys through this famous country. Chef Walter calls these private tours ~ led by an authentic Italian chef ~ “Flavors & Knowledge Tours with Chef Walter.” And this is exactly what they are.
Wine tastings throughout Italy. Cheese tastings throughout Italy. Dessert tastings throughout Italy. It is a culinary dream which cannot be duplicated or imitated. It is the best of the best, by the best of the best.
If you think Chef Walter’s culinary tours are ordinary, you haven’t met Chef Walter. He is knowledgeable, thorough, talented, dedicated, and prepared. He takes extensive “pre-tours” which are tours done before the actual paid tours of his travelers. This is when and where he does his hands-on research before bringing his guests on board.
Walter scours the countryside, looking for the best vineyards, the best cucinas, the best chefs, the best accommodations, the most environmentally-conscientious forms of transportation. His years of travel have introduced him to people around the regions of Sicily, Palermo, Tuscany (and more) with whom he has developed enduring relationships. They work closely with him to create the most authentic, experience-based, thrilling tour possible. Travelers get to go “behind the scenes” to see and taste and feel the most unforgettable gastronomic experiences of a lifetime.
These culinary tours are held twice a year ~ best to book at least six months in advance as the tours are intentionally kept small and intimate. They run in the spring & fall. The tours are seven days/eight nights. The cost includes everything but your flights and any incidentals. They involve lots of eating and only moderate walking.
Come “Admire & Taste Italy through the Eyes & Palate of a Chef.”
To schedule your tour, contact Master Chef Walter Potenza at 401-273-2652 or at www.ChefWalter.com.
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