Elite Epicureans to Dine with Four of the World’s Greatest Chefs


‘ONCE UPON A KITCHEN,’ THE WORLD’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY CULINARY EVENT, IS COMING TO MIAMI BEACH

Produced by GR8 Group, the leading experience agency, the once-in-a-lifetime gathering of highly decorated Michelin-starred chefs will move from New York to South Beach this December

MIAMI BEACH, FL (Aug. 20, 2019) – Four of the globe’s greatest chefs are officially poised to bring their Michelin stars and critical acclaim to Miami Beach this December for one of the most extraordinary and unprecedented culinary experiences in the world.

GR8 Group, the leading international agency for distinctive VIP travel and luxury events, has unveiled South Florida as its 2019 destination for “Once Upon a Kitchen” — a bucket list-worthy epicurean extravaganza that will unite a quartet of culinary masters: Massimo Bottura (named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people of 2019), Mauro Colagreco, Alex Atala, and Antonio Bachour.

Massimo Bottura prepares
Massimo Bottura prepares
Massimo Bottura, Joan Roca, and Mauro Colagreco take a selfie at Once Upon a Kitchen 2018 in New York
Massimo Bottura, Joan Roca, and Mauro Colagreco take a selfie at Once Upon a Kitchen 2018 in New York
Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura

Now in its third edition, this collaboration of the world’s most revered chefs, which took place from 2017 to 2018 in New York, will unfold on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center concert hall in South Beach, home of the New World Symphony.

Savoring any of the dishes crafted by these titans — who regularly top the world’s most prestigious restaurant rankings while also starring in shows like Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” — would normally require a trip to Italy, France or Brazil.  In the case of this immersive and sensory-heavy experience, everything will be enjoyed in one inimitable setting.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2019 edition of ‘Once Upon a Kitchen’ in Miami Beach,” said Barnabas Carrega, Co-Founder and CEO of GR8 Group. “What we have created through this event is an absolutely unforgettable and emotional experience, giving guests the extremely rare opportunity to sit within feet of their culinary idols and enjoy their most iconic creations.”

Mauro Colagreco celebrates Once Upon a Kitchen 2018
Mauro Colagreco celebrates Once Upon a Kitchen 2018
Mauro Colagreco, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura
Mauro Colagreco, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura at Once Upon a Kitchen 2018
Massimo Bottura at Once Upon a Kitchen 2018

Guests of the gathering — which has been endorsed by Forbes Travel Guide, the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas — will be treated to a multi-course dinner featuring signature dishes from the decorated chefs’ widely celebrated restaurants: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which is owned by Massimo Bottura and topped the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” rankings in 2018 after previously being named No. 1 in 2016; Mirazur in Menton, France, which was founded by Mauro Colagreco and recently earned the No. 1 spot on the 2019 “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list; and D.O.M. in São Paulo, Brazil, owned by Alex Atala. Chef Bachour, who was raised in Puerto Rico and is known internationally for his artistic, structurally distinct pastries, will furthermore create a never-before-seen dessert that evening — specifically crafted for the event.

The star-studded dinner will be orchestrated by Cirque of Life, with the same director that helped Cirque du Soleil narrate the deep union between food and life at the last World Expo in Milan, and who collaborated several times with the World Food Programme (WFP).  It will be presided over by renowned winemaker Roberto Cipresso, who was tapped to create a special Cuvee for Pope John Paul II during the 2000 Jubilee.  Prior to the dinner, guests will be treated to a uniquely crafted cocktail hour, during which they will experience the wonders of mixology, choreographed by acclaimed alchemist Alex Ott.

“Once Upon a Kitchen” has also been endorsed by the Fine Dining Chapter of YPO, the premier global leadership organization.  In addition to having W South Beach as its 2019 hotel partner, and sponsors including Inedit Damm, La Prima, LavazzaRolls-Royce MiamiS. Pellegrino, and Vista Alegre, the event’s charitable partner is Food for Soul, a not-for-profit cultural organization created by Massimo Bottura and his wife, Lara Gilmore.

Tickets for “Once Upon a Kitchen” are now on sale.  A reservation for a table or an individual seat can be made through the GR8 Group website, https://thegr8experience.com/once-upon-a-kitchen-mia/, or by contacting a GR8 Group liaison directly via [email protected] or +1 (786) 501 6116.

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