GR8 Experience, the leading international agency that provides access to unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences, announces the return of the world’s most exclusive epicurean event, Once Upon a Kitchen, to Miami for the first time since 2019. The multi-layered sensorial dinner, which started in 2017, offers guests an intimate evening with award-winning culinary masters from the most exclusive restaurants across the globe.
Hosted by world-renowned chef, Massimo Bottura, and his team from Osteria Francescana, this year’s Once Upon a Kitchen is expected to be a culinary voyage like no other, where iconic Italian cuisine will fuse with Latino culture. Bottura will join forces with Juan Manuel Barrientos, one of the most revolutionary young chefs who is changing the face and perception of Latin American cuisine with his Michelin starred restaurant El Cielo; and Chef Bernardo Paladini, the first chef of the Michelin starred restaurant, Torno Subito in Dubai and soon of Torno Subito Miami.
To enhance the journey, Dr. Alex Ott, the famed master alchemist, molecular biologist, flavor scientist, author and healer will create a series of elixirs served during the cocktail hour. Dr. Ott, who has developed over 300 elixir programs globally, including a revolutionary beverage menu for Buddha Bar + Hotel, has worked with the likes of the Oscars, Emmys, VMAs and even NASA/JPL, through the agency’s Space Food System Laboratory. Through nutritional biochemistry and olfactory neuroscience, he plans on creating a truly immersive sensory experience for guests at this year’s Once Upon a Kitchen.
To close out the evening, DJ producer, Benny Benassi, who is behind top hits like “Satisfaction” and “Beautiful People,” will perform during the afterparty, bringing guests energetic beats until the early morning.
“To get culinary masters like Massimo, Juan, Bernardo and Alex in one room, all doing what they do best for one night only, is the definition of a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Barnabas Carrega, CEO and Co-Founder of GR8 Experiences. “When deciding where we wanted this rare collaboration with Massimo to happen, Miami was a natural decision,” he stated. “With the city’s exploding culinary scene and F1 kicking off on May 7, the destination and timing made perfect sense.”
Once Upon a Kitchen will be held on May 5, 2023, from 6pm – 2am at The Deck at Island Gardens. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner, and an after party. Tickets are $6,000 per person and can be purchased HERE.