Where The Experts Holiday: Jose Pizarro
World-renowned chef, Jose Pizarro – aka the ‘godfather of Spanish cuisine’ – talks travel
What do you like to do on holiday?
I love trying out the local restaurants, wherever I am. I also enjoy sightseeing: I am obsessed with a good view.
Where did you last travel to?
I went to Morocco and it was fabulous.
Do you know where you’re going this year?
I am off to St Lucia for a week to cook for guests at Cap Maison hotel and I can’t wait. I am also off to New York and San Francisco.
Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favorite and why?
Hong Kong was an unforgettable place for me. An amazing culture, friendly people, and the food are just wonderful. I had one of my best meals there in fact, at the Four Seasons Hotel but the street food is also out this world.
Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
I am really keen to go to Japan. It’s all about the fish there! I would also love to know more about the Japanese culture.
In your own country (Spain), what would you recommend tourists to see that isn’t in the travel guides?
Always go to the villages around a city. Get out to the countryside and you will see a fantastic, welcoming Spain that just isn’t in the guides. Good tapas and good wines are plentiful.
How do you plan a holiday?
I am terrible at planning holidays. I tend to contact the clever people I know in the country I’m visiting, and ask them to recommend places for me. To have lived in London for a long time has helped me to meet people from all over the world.
How often do you go away?
Four or five times a year if my schedule allows.
Who do you travel with?
I normally travel with my partner, but I also love traveling alone or with really good friends.
Where do you see tourism in your country (Spain), in 10 years?
I think, thanks to the Spanish Tourist Office, Spain will continue to be cool and cultural and a top place to visit for sensational food.
Jose Pizarro is attending the third annual ‘Guest Chef Series’ on 1 and 2 March 2013 at The Cliff at Cap, the award-winning restaurant of the boutique luxury resort Cap Maison in St Lucia. The international star-studded line up also includes Julian Marshall of Bleeding Heart in London between 25 and 26 January 2013 and Joe Truex of Watershed in Atlanta, USA, between 15 and 16 March 2013.
Cap Maison is now offering an exclusive 20 percent discount through the new ‘Guest Chef Foodie Holiday”’ package: £2335 (plus taxes) for two people- which includes seven nights in a Garden View Room with daily breakfast at the Cliff at Cap, private lunch on ocean-front deck Rock Maison to experience the new Tapas menu, invitation to both Guest Chef events (Friday and Saturday) on a selected ‘series’ weekend, a Castries market tour and cooking class with local ingredients, round-trip airport transfers in a private car. Call UK reservations on 0208 977 6099 for more information, or to book.