Top chef Neil Perry opens up about his travel faves - from South Africa to San Sebastian
Top chef Neil Perry is one of Australia's most renowned chefs
He’s one of the country’s most in-demand - and most awarded - chefs. A foodie all-rounder whose talents in the kitchen have given him a restauranteur Midas touch.
Neil Perry is the driving force behind some of Australia’s most iconic eateries. From his longstanding success story, Rockpool and spinoff restaurant Rockpool Bar & Grill, to the Spice Temple and Rosetta Ristorante, this Sydney-born culinary wunderkind is unrivalled.
MY BEST HOLIDAY WAS
Neil's dream getaway is a South African safari
A South African safari. I have been twice now and it’s definitely one to put on your bucket list. Singita is fantastic and I highly recommend their lodges and safari experiences. I have never relaxed so much - you just want to focus on what’s happening right in front of you.
I NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT
My electric toothbrush! It goes with me everywhere, whether it’s an overnight stay in Melbourne or Perth for work or a two-week holiday in Aspen.
Music is also a must.
A RELAXING TRIP FOR ME IS
Quality food is, unsurprisingly, top of Neil's travel agenda
Good food and wine are essential (as I like eating and drinking) as well as an activity of some sort, be it skiing or a safari.
MY FAVOURITE FOODIE DESTINATION IS
Tokyo. The produce is so fresh and seasonal. It’s really hard to have a bad meal there.
I SURVIVE LONG HAUL FLIGHTS BY
Having my Bang & Olufsen noise-reducing headphones with me at all times and my cashmere eye mask.
MY FAVOURITE CITY IS
Tokyo ranks at the top of Neil's travel hit-list
Again, I’ll have to say Tokyo. It’s bustling and busy, the people are courteous and friendly, it’s culturally rich and exciting and the food really is second to none.
THE BEST HOTEL I'VE STAYED IN WAS
Hong Kong's Upper House hotel boasts amazing views
MY FAVOURITE GOURMET EXPERIENCE WHILE TRAVELLING WAS
This is like choosing a favourite child! There are too many to choose from, but I will say that I always love exploring the different regions and cuisines of China. There’s so much diversity.
MY BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE IS
Be organised. Have a plan of where you want to stay, the restaurants you want to eat in and the attractions you want to visit, and then make the necessary bookings before you leave. This way you can arrive at your destination and simply enjoy without running around madly trying to find a hotel to stay in or eating at a restaurant the hotel concierge recommends.
THE NEXT PLACE ON MY LIST IS
The Basque foodie hotspot of San Sebastian is on Neil's radar
San Sebastian. I love the food there, which ranges from very simple to avant guard. Food aside, the setting is also superb - there’s a really lovely village atmosphere there.
For more information on Neil and his Rockpool Dining Group see rockpoolfoundation.com