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Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: Good Meals Come in Threes

Sheila J. Gibson

Viking feeds your appetite for learning and cooking with this three-day, three-city, three-chef package for you and five of your friends. The first stop is the Viking Culinary Arts Center in Garden City, N.Y., where popular Food Network chef Bobby Flay will teach your group how to grill with fiery flair on a 53-inch Viking gas grill. After class, Flay will host you at Mesa Grill, his Manhattan restaurant, where you and your friends will dine on a specially prepared tasting menu. After graduating from the grill, your party will fly to the Viking Culinary Arts Center in Dallas, where Dean Fearing will school you in the finer points of Southwestern-style cooking and then favor you with another tasting menu at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Finally, you will jet to the Viking Culinary Arts Center in Atlanta, where Alton Brown, host of the Food Network’s Good Eats, will improve your overall approach to cooking through useful tips and techniques. Following the lesson, Brown will host a private meal for your party on the set of his show. Each of you will also receive a set of Viking cookware and utensils to equip you for years of delicious postgraduate study.

Price: $185,000 (for six people).
Contact: Jane Crump, Viking Range Corp., 662.451.4140, jcrump@vikingrange.com

The dates of each city visit will be scheduled at the conveniences of the buyer and the chef. The price is based on six-person classes, meals, and luxury accommodations, and includes limousine service and use of the Viking corporate jet.

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