Book a seat at the table of the top chefs set to add savour to food and wine festivals around the world.
From 4-8 August some of Britain's finest chefs, including Michael Caines of Gidleigh Park, will converge on The Vineyard at Stockcross, Stockcross, Newbury (01635 528770; the-vineyard.co.uk), for the hotel's fourth annual Chef's Table festival.
Between 18 and 21 November, Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar, Philip Howard and Nicolas le Bec will hold cookery demonstrations and cook a gala five-course dinner at the inaugural Raffles Food, Wine & Art Experience, Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City, Dubai (00 971 4324 8888; dubai.raffles.com).
Chefs Greg Doyle and Grant King of top Sydney restaurant Pier will be among the guest chefs cooking from 3-6 September at the Masters of Food and Wine, Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (00 84 8 824 1234; mfwsaigon.com).
Some of the world's greatest chefs, including Nobu Matsuhisa and Joël Robuchon, will prepare the Grand Tasting Dinner at Spago, 176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles (001 310 385 0880; wolfgangpuck.com), on 28 September, the climax to the American Wine & Food Festival (001 310 574 3663; awff.org).
On 24 August, as part of the Copenhagen Cooking festival (copenhagen cooking.com), you can taste dishes, free, from top restaurants in Denmark and Sweden, including Noma and Kong Hans Kaelder at The Royal Play House, Sankt Annae Plads 36, Copenhagen (011 45 33 69 69 69; kglteater.dk).