Peg’s Travels for The International Kitchen

December 16, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
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One of the perks of working at The International Kitchen, besides getting to obsess about food every day with the rest of the staff, is getting to travel to wonderful places for site inspections, chef meetings, educational tours, and trade shows. Over the past 11 years, I’ve had ample time to explore many of the destinations we offer.

To close off our week dedicated to our top travel memories, here are a few pictures from some of my travels during my years at The International Kitchen!

Mediterranean Cooking Experience cooking vacation
I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to our best-selling cooking vacation on the Amalfi Coast several times, and each time has been fantastic. This was from my first trip, back in 2005, when I accompanied a group of 14 women on one of our WOW® “Women Only Weeks.”

Mediterranean Cooking Experience cooking vacation
Here I’m a little older, but still enjoying the same wonderful itinerary on the Amalfi Coast. In 2007 the entire office staff of The International Kitchen traveled to Italy to do site inspections of some of our best selling programs.

See more of our top travel memories.

I’ve also had a wonderful time traveling with my husband for work. We’ve visited Lombardy (Milan, Lake Como), Piedmont, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sicily together. Here we are pictured, left to right: enjoying one of my favorite meals ever at a small restaurant in Nieve, Piedmont; relaxing in Erice, Sicily; Charles looking out at the grand canal in Venice.

Read about some of our unforgettable meals. 

Lunch in Piedmont Cafe in Sicily Venice Grand Canal

My husband longs to go to Spain, maybe next year! But here are some of my favorite memories from my trip to Spain in 2007: watching the sun rise over the olive groves while cooking in Andalusia; making paella in Catania; visiting Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Discover a paella recipe and learn about paella and wine pairings.

Olive groves in Spain Making paella Windows of the Sagrada Familia at sunset in Barcelona, visited on a culinary tour of Spain

I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to France many times for work, and it remains one of my favorite destinations. I lived in Italy for several years, so it always seems like home to me—France is exciting and exotic by comparison! Here I am, left to right, top to bottom: meeting the Berards of Cooking Passport to Provence during a 2005 trip; in Rocamadour in 2005 during a trade show; doing a food and garden familiarization tour in Provence in 2006 (in which I got to lunch at what would later become Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s Chateau!); enjoying a stopover in Paris after traveling to Provence to oversee the filming of a cooking segment for an Australian cooking program at one of our cooking vacation destinations.

Read more about our top travel experiences.

Meeting the Berard family in Provence Rocamadour, France

Peg during Provence garden tour Outside the Louvre

Check out our video “Thankful for Travel” featuring some of Peg’s favorite travel memories:

Do you travel for work? Do you enjoy it? What were your favorite meals? And what are some of your favorite travel memories, either for work or for pleasure? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Read about my very first trip to Italy.

By Peg Kern

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