Join award-winning chef Joe Thottungal on an intimate small group tour through the culinary secrets of India.
As Executive Chef at Ottawa’s popular Coconut Lagoon and Thali Coconut Lagoon restaurants, Chef Joe has earned numerous accolades, including a silver medal at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships, top prize at Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates competition, and the Ottawa Chef of the Year award.
On the 7th edition of this regularly sold-out tour, Chef Joe guides us through a mouthwatering combination of his lush home state of Kerala, and, for the first time ever, the famous sun, sand and spices of Goa.
We start with an intimate visit to Mumbai, which is where Chef Joe began his cooking career. Then, spend the next 12 days exploring the cultural and culinary traditions of the tropical Malabar Coast, including touring the scenic tea plantations of Munnar, spotting tigers in the lush jungle of Thekkady, and cruising the famous backwaters of Kumarakom. We then explore rich and regal Hyderabad. Here, we enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience staying at a luxurious and historic royal palace, with the horse-drawn carriage, opulent service and incredible dining experiences to match! We end our journey with three days in the renowned Goan paradise, sampling the tasty local cuisine, experiencing the Portuguese influenced Indian culture and Goa’s incredible beaches.
Throughout the journey, Chef Joe will personally escort his guests in sampling and cooking up local specialties, touring fragrant spice plantations, demonstrating bargaining at local markets and introducing us to some of the country’s top chefs. The tour will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide who will help us explore India’s most stunning cultural gems. This unique tour is interactive and intimate every step of the way, with hands-on cooking demonstrations from award-winning instructors, lessons in bargaining with fish mongers to buy the catch of the day, and a once-in-a-lifetime family experience at Joe’s in-laws invite us into their home and welcome us in traditional Indian style.