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Chapter 1: Defining Taste
Emma Gao is putting Chinese wine on the global map.
On the first day of the annual autumn wine harvest, Lexus and Vogue embarked on a roadtrip to northeastern China to meet the country’s breakthrough independent winemaker.
In the Lexus LC*, Gao drives through her family estate of Silver Heights in Ningxia Hui, where she grows the grapes for her now-famous wine that is challenging the status quo to compete with the world’s greatest estates.
Like the Lexus LC, Gao is forging a new path, surpassing all expectations to create a wine unlike any other that has come before - especially in China.
“The image of Chinese wine is mass produced, [it] is fast without much care,” Gao explains.
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Chapter 2: Preservation Through Reinvention
After working his way up through the ranks of Moscow’s restaurant scene, Mukhin is now head chef at the White Rabbit, a restaurant he says is “magical” for the way in which it delights diners with experimental dishes (think garlic-infused desserts and Russian bread made from birch bark), and its decorative Lewis Carroll-inspired interiors.
Hailing from a small town at the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, Mukhin says he was drawn to Moscow to make his own mark on Russian cuisine.
“I wanted to find a different style, I wanted to find my style,” he says.
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chapter 3: Exploring Taste
Prolific young chef Miles Thompson is famous for revitalising one of America’s most iconic restaurants, Michael’s Santa Monica. Now, however, he is embarking on something new.
Chapter 3 of Journeys in Taste follows Thompson in the all-new Lexus UX* as he travels across Los Angeles to source ingredients for his new culinary project - a traditional Jewish appetizing shop, but with a modern twist informed by the diversity of the city.
“Jewish food is by no means flashy...the food I cook is comforting and soulful, and reminds you of the feeling of being at home”, Thompson says.
With his mother’s family of Jewish heritage, and his father’s family of black African American heritage, it’s clear that Thompson’s desire to create a hybrid culinary experience comes from a very personal place. What’s more, it’s obvious that Thompson loves living in Los Angeles for the very fact that so many ingredients are so readily accessible.
“If you are willing to get into your car and drive...you could find any ingredient from anywhere in the world,” he says.
Of his philosophy towards cooking, Thompson says every single ingredient he uses needs to be “vocal”.
“My general approach to cooking is to pick out ingredients and find the most expressive way to utilise them.”
Much like the UX, Thompson is forging his own path by taking elements from tradition, yet reinterpreting them for modern tastes.
“I love understanding and making things that are in a traditional manner. But then I like turning it on its head,” he says.
Read the full story on GQ.com.au
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