Journeys in Taste is an exciting new documentary series that follows four innovative chefs as they take a journey to explore the origins and the intricacies of their craft. Brought to you by Lexus in partnership with Conde’ Nast International, each episode draws parallels between the Lexus models that the chef drives during the journey, and the processes unique to each chef that makes them stand out as an extraordinary talent in their industry.
Catch the first episode of Journeys in Taste here and meet celebrated Chef and Winemaker, Emma Gao, on her journey to discover the complexities of her craft. She’ll be driving the exhilarating Lexus LC 500 in Limited Edition Structural Blue, a colour as unusual and distinctive as Emma’s award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. See how chef and winemaker, Emma Gao, is defining taste and transforming China’s winemaking industry with her uncompromising technique.
At the tender age of 22, Emma’s father sent her to France to study wine at viticulture school so that she could work at his company growing grapes for export. She started out knowing nothing about wine, but as her knowledge grew, so did her love of viticulture and winemaking. She also met her husband there, and they later moved back to China where she started her own little winery in the region where she was born.
Just like the Lexus LC 500, Emma is carving a path through the traditional to achieve the unexpected.
It takes bravery and imagination to reinvent a classic. Renowned Chef, Vladimir Mukhin isn’t short of either bravery or imagination.
Born in Russia, Vladimir is a fifth-generation chef. His grandmother taught him the recipes that had been in the family for decades. He sources his ingredients from Russian farms, and has even bought his own farms so that he had the freedom to grow whatever produce he wanted. His farm-to-business model has been a huge success.
His goal is to revive traditional Russian cuisine and his restaurant, The White Rabbit, was named one of the top 50 best restaurants in the world last year.
Join Vladimir Mukhin as he travels across Russia in the new Lexus ES, a perfect match for his enigmatic spirit of daring reinvention.
In the third pisode of Journeys in Taste, we watch as Miles Thompson, a distinctivechef with a unique style, works to bring classic Jewish cuisine inot the Los Angeles limelight. Inspired by the cities resurgeence of culture and food, he explores how immigrants use ingredients and cooking techniques to remind them of home.
Miles was born into a family of deep and diverse culinary traditions. He grew up tasitng any array of African-American delicacies alongside the tropical tastes of Jamaica nad the soulful flavours of Jewish cuisine. This informed his unique flair in the kitchen, working to understand tradition and then turning it on it's head by bringing diverse cultures together on a plate.
From a 13-year-old working in his first kitchen to Executive Chef at Michael's Santa Monica, tune in as Miles sets off on his latest culinary adventure: re-envesioning Jewish food through a modern lens. The Lexus UX F SPORT is the perfect fit for a chef with an innate passion for exploration, drivern by curiosity.
Sergio Barroso, an unconventional chef from Madrid, takes the wheel in the fourth and final episode of the Journeys in Taste series created in partnership with Lexus and Condé Nast International. Inspired by its rich culinary heritage, he moved to Santiago, Chile in 2012, where he established Restaurante 040. Barroso is part of a new generation of fearless inventors who use molecular gastronomy to elevate food. The esteemed chef has a reputation of surprising and satisfying diners by serving sophisticated dishes with an edge. In this episode, he explores the possibilities of picoroco, a rare mollusc native to Chile.
Barroso takes us on a journey, switching between the luxurious Lexus LS Flagship sedan and the commanding LX 570 SUV, to push his culinary capabilities to new extremes. He finds infinite freedom in exploring new methods to elevate high-quality ingredients, striking a unique balance that makes for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Watch as Sergio Barroso drives out of the city and into the mountainous coast and countryside to unlock new flavour profiles, powered by two premium Lexus vehicles that were made to break the conventions.