A gastronomic tour to Spain by Private Jet

From pan con tomate in a Mallorcan hut to chef’s pairings in one of the most Michelin-starred per capita cities on earth – and all by Private Jet. Paul Richardson is the first to sample a new tour of Spain’s most exalted, and secret, gastronomic delights.

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As the plane circled above the Andalucian countryside I could see below me the olive groves, vegetable plots and wheat fields of a landscape that has long been rich in good things to eat.

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A sybaritic lunch of a dozen courses and as many wines had wound to its close no more than an hour earlier, yet inside the cabin, the good times were rolling: plates of goose ham and Idiazábal cheese were being passed around, and friendships made over laughter and champagne.

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Setting up on his own in 2009, Jon Warren (originally from Canterbury) was the first entrepreneur to offer a tour of the old town’s pintxo bars with young and knowledgeable local guides. His gourmet Spanish food shop in the Hotel María Cristina was a blast of fresh air in the stale and apparently changeless world of Spanish hotel boutiques, and the Mimo cookery school, which opened in 2015, neatly coincided with the arrival of international foodie tourism in a newly pacified Basque Country.

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The Mimo family now includes a school in Seville and shops in both Seville and Mallorca, with future openings, promised in Spain and beyond.

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The rough bread, the rustic cheese, and sausages, the nutty, unctuous oil immediately joined the top ranks of the sensational delicacies we’d sampled over four days of gastro grazing. Jet travel and ultra-rare €610 jamón samplers are undeniably wonderful things – but here was proof yet again that sometimes the simplest pleasures are the ones that take you highest.

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