For this edition of Travel Geeks: Rush Hour, a collaboration between National Geographic Traveller Food and the Macao Government Tourism Office, we’re doing things a little differently. We’ll still have an expert panel ready to be quizzed on all things Macao — but we’ll also be treating you to a delicious tasting menu of a starter, main course and dessert (and wine!) at Carousel, in Marylebone, London, while delving into the region’s rich culinary scene with every bite. A unique fusion of European and Asian flavours makes Macao a hotspot for the discerning foodie — whether it’s the Portuguese favourite bacalhau (salted cod); dim sum, one of Southern China’s most-loved foods; or the quintessentially Macanese minchi (pork and beef with potatoes).
Where’s the best spot for Macanese street food? What if you fancy a night of fine dining? Is it just as tasty if you’re vegetarian? Grab a ticket, arrive hungry and make sure you have an appetite for inspiration for a Macanese escapade!
Don’t miss the stunning photography exhibition on Macao at the event, on display from 8-10 October at Next Door at Carousel. And you’ll also be in with the chance to win a pair of tickets for any Carousel residency* up to 31 December 2018.
Jonathan Phang, TV chef and cookbook author
After three decades of working in the fashion industry as an a agent and as a judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, Jonathan followed his passion and embarked on a new career as a TV chef and cookbook author. His most recent show, Gourmet Trains, is currently airing on the Travel Channel.
Sue Whitehead, Macao Government Tourism Office UK Representative
With over 30 years’ experience in travel and tourism, Sue became the UK Representative for the Macao Government Tourism Office in 2008. Prior to this, she was regional director Europe, Middle East & Africa for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and marketing director of two of the UK’s largest hotel groups.
Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller Food
Jo is an experienced journalist and a less experienced, but enthusiastic, standup comedian. She loves obscure European cities, brutalist architecture and Eurovision. She ate her way around Macao recently and developed an unhealthy obsession with custard tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery — other tarts don’t quite measure up.
Farida Zeynalova, assistant editor, National Geographic Traveller Food
Assistant editor Farida will be presiding over the evening, adding her own tips and tales along the way. She’s passionate about Azerbaijan, Eurovision and all things Hispanic.
When: WednesdayWhere: Next Door at Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
Tickets: £10 — includes a three-course tasting menu with wine
*Subject to availability. Tickets are awarded after a prize draw on the evening for those in attendance. The prize is 2x £39.50 set menus (drinks, extra courses and service would be charged on top). The prize must be redeemed by the person who wins it. Not for resale.