Starting in 2023, Culin-Air Gastronomical Tours specialises in international gastronomic discovery tours for food professionals and advanced food travellers. We create mind-blowing memories by bringing you to the finest culinary heritage at exclusive gourmet hot spots with a story in every bite. In this blog we share our own experiences in traveling the world of culinary heritage. But first,

A brief introduction to our passionate journey

We are Roy Voogd and Ingrid Stijsiger, partners in life and passionate about good food and inspirational arts and cultures. Together we travel the world in search of local culinary heritage that tells the stories of a culture. To bring you to gourmet hot spots that even the extremest foodie give new memories that will last a lifetime.

Roy is choral conductor, marketeer and life-time hobby chef. Ingrid is opera singer, vocal coach and spiritual coach. Our story of Culin-Air started when Roy sold his marketing and communications agency in 2016 after 22 years of inspirational creative art direction. As author and photographer of this blog, I love to invite you to travel with us in our new and passionate journey of food, art and culture.

Roy Voogd

I decided to fill the second half of my working life with my three passions. As a professional choral conductor, music is one of them. I have always kept my practice as a choral conductor active after my conservatory education. Besides that, cooking and gastronomy in general has also been a passion all my life. And my third passion is travelling. When I am in another country, I always get very excited by all the new impulses a new culture has to offer. I want to see, hear, taste, smell, feel what a culture has to offer. What moves the people there.

To fulfil my third passion, I decided to combine and share my first two passions in travelling around culinary and cultural heritage. In 2019, I start to prepare Culin-Air Incentive Travel. But corona delayed the first introduction with more the two years. The entire travel business came to a standstill and collapsed. Travelling became almost impossible and, with all the forced quarantine measures, was no longer something you did for fun either.

But sitting still is not quite my thing and so I started to explore the travel world, which turned out to be much more complex. So I visited international travel conferences and trade fairs to find inspiration and, of course, built new memories to share on the socials.

From Culin-Air, we travel the world in search of the hot spots for extreme foodies and experienced international food travellers. From European destinations like the Italian Food Valley to gastronomic Spanish paradises to intercontinental tours to the culinary hearts of Asia, Africa, Australia and the America’s. And all with only one goal: to bring you to international influensive culinary heritage and leading gastronomic developments with great global influence.

The first programmes are starting to take shape. In 2023, we will start with mouthwatering pilots. They will be unique journeys. Tours that all explore the triangle of arts/culture, culinary heritage and gastronomic development. In our firm belief, the only way to experience good food and truly understand its regional culinary heritage.

In this food and travel blog, I will take you on our adventures to share our experiences with you. In the hope that we can inspire you with my stories.

So come with us and let’s create new memories!