When Christine hosts her Spice tours, no indulgence is overlooked. She finds the best restaurants, the most interesting food experiences, nights are spent in sumptuous and decadent hotels or private villas. She offers an expert’s insight into the culinary secrets that sustain the alluring and vivid cultures of each country visited.
‘It is dedication above all that has made Manfield one of the country’s most admired chefs.’
JANET DE SILVA, THE AGE
Christine is a keen and curious traveller and has been hosting regular luxury bespoke gastronomic travel adventures to exotic locations including India, Morocco, Africa, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, France and South East Asia since 2000, working with Jennifer Wilkinson of Epicurious Travel. Every adventure uncovers a gastronomic paradise.
Christine is hosting her next tour to Hobart and environs for food lovers in March 2017. PDF link
Christine’s love affair with India is enduring and life long. From years of travelling to this beguiling country for pleasure and work, Christine brings a remarkable perception to the culinary and cultural heritage of this astonishing country. Every tour offers a unique and different itinerary across this expansive country and the next tour tour planned for November 2017 - In the Steps of the Mughals is no exception. PDF link
SIEM REAP to SAIGON - AQUA MEKONG CRUISE
12th - 20th October 2017
Join acclaimed chef and author Christine Manfield on board the luxury vessel Aqua Mekong for a week long cruise downstream along this extraordinary waterway to the Mekong Delta.
The Aqua Mekong takes guests on a journey between Cambodia and Vietnam along the mighty Mekong River. As well as a striking cultural diversity, the waterway also presents remarkable landscapes. The journey takes in flooded emerald forests and bamboo stilt villages, incredible and rare birdlife, awe-inspiring wing tipped pagodas and remote Buddhist monasteries.
Embodying the aesthetics of a sophisticated five star hotel, Aqua Mekong has been designed using local sustainable materials and artisanal touches to create welcoming spaces for no more than 40 guests. Special on board menus designed by Christine will highlight the many influences and traditions which have made the region’s food so bountiful as well as reflecting her favourite flavours and cooking techniques. PDF link
For the discerning traveller, Christine can create your very own personalised private tour, hosting small groups of 6 or more to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan, Spain, Peru or Chile.
BHUTAN - THE AUSTRALIAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
In August/September 2014, Christine hosted a very special tour to Bhutan with AHF, taking a small group of philanthropic enthusiasts on unique culinary journey from the lush, fertile valleys of the western provinces, into the spiritual heartland of Central Bhutan. The tour included visits to the schools where AHF is working and offered guests the extraordinary experience of a private audience with Her Majesty, the Queen Mother to hear directly about her work. PDF link
If you would like to embark on a similar life changing, philanthropic adventure to this magical kingdom, contact Christine email@example.com
RESIDENTIAL COOKING SCHOOLS
Each seven day adventure is packed with gastronomic experiences - visiting regional farmers markets, hands-on cooking sessions, wine tastings, visiting artisanal cheese farms, taking in some special historical sites and dining at local restaurants.
2014: Andalucia - Seville and Jerez (late September / early October)
Christine has worked extensively in this region of Spain exploring its diverse food culture, its wine, sherry and olive oil production.
2009: La Combe de Perigord in the Dordogne
2011: A Taste of Burgundy in Meursault
Christine is also an avid lover of the French countryside and has previously hosted two residential cooking schools in France.