Where you should travel to in 2017 – as revealed by experts

Jan 10, 2017

Six globetrotting travel experts weigh in on where to visit in 2017.

The Michelin-star chef

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What’s exciting you about 2017?

I’m going to Bahia in Brazil to visit a cocoa plantation that belongs to Joao Tavares, a fourth-generation cocoa specialist who selects the best varieties of trees. I’ll also travel to a coffee plantation in Laos (above). We already make our own cocoa for our bean-to-bar La Manufacture de Chocolat (below) in Paris, so I want to do the same with coffee in our restaurants.

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Food trends are hard to keep up with. What’s next?

My friend, Italian chef Massimo Bottura, launched the superb idea of Refettorio Ambrosiano during the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The objective was to recycle food thrown away during the event. He did the same in Rio de Janeiro with Refettorio Gastromotiva during the Olympics. These sorts of initiatives are the trends that will make a difference.

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Where have you been recently that you didn’t want to tell anyone else about?

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This autumn, I opened Ore (above) in the Palace of Versailles, with menus inspired by the French court. I had the opportunity to meet many historians, who shared incredible stories about the palace.