Celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy globe trotting with gastronomads in search of the perfect meal

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Celebrated Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy is
getting out of the kitchen and heading to some of the world's gastronomic
paradises - and foodies across the country can share the experience.
    Exotic tour operator Worldwide Quest announces Gastronomads: In Search of
the Perfect Meal.
    It's a series of food and wine tours accompanied by Kennedy, author of
two acclaimed cookbooks and the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Chef of the Year,
to such destinations as India, South America, Vietnam and Cambodia.
    The inaugural excursion leaves Valentine's Day 2008, for nine decadent
days in Chile and Argentina.
    "In my career, I've been tied to the stove a lot of the time for many,
many years and would often hear of people's travels," says Kennedy.
    "And they would ask me if I'd ever been to this place or that and at
first I would say 'No,' but I have started to change my answer to 'No, not
    Guests will dine with Kennedy, who imports wine from Chile's excellent
wine-growing regions and from Argentina's Mendoza wine region, where the
temperate, semi-arid climate yields ultra-ripe grapes.
    On one special evening, Kennedy will commandeer the kitchen of a popular
restaurant to serve his guests local cuisine and demonstrate his techniques.
Wines to complement the meal will be hand-selected by the chef.
    "There's a certain lens I will be looking through," says Kennedy. "Having
been a gastronomer for 30 years, I might be able to interpret things for
people through that lens. That's the role I see myself playing."
    Kennedy says he's ready to take in the world, although most of his
training took place in Europe.
    "It will be all new for me," says Kennedy. "I'm more Euro-centric in my
cooking and gastronomy; it centres around France and Spain and Italy, where I
take most of my inspiration from. As I get older, I get more interested to
explore the world."
    As an added bonus, Kennedy will host a pre-trip celebration at one of his
two Toronto restaurants, previewing for guests his passion for food and wine
in Chile and Argentina.

    Worldwide Quest has been leading tours all across the globe for three
decades. The Toronto-based company specializes in customized trips.

For further information:

For further information: To request an interview with Jamie Kennedy or
Worldwide Quest President Lewie Gonsalves, or to get more information on this
or any other trip please call Lewie Gonsalves at (416) 633-5666 or

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