About Us

Foodie&Tours is a service created by foodies for foodies.

The globe-trotters among us know that there is a wide array of wonderful cuisines out there, just waiting to be explored. We understand how difficult it can be to choose from all the options out there. Our goal is to show the most authentic gastronomical experiences through our 6 categories: Food Walks, Cooking Classes, Wine Tastings, Culinary Tours, Tailor Made and Eat with Locals. We help gourmet travelers get off the beaten path to discover traditional cuisines and uncover hidden gems in the company of our Foodie&Tours Destination Ambassadors and passionate local guides brimming with local knowledge. Through our culinary tours and activities, you will not only be able to savor fantastic dishes, but also learn about the history, culture and people behind popular local flavors.

Our team of foodie insiders has compiled a handpicked collection of the best gastronomic experiences in each of our top 100 international foodie destinations. Don't waste precious time searching and filtering! We present your new bucket list of the world's top culinary destinations.

Find out more on our About Us blog page.

The team

Hugo Palomar - CEO & Founder

Hugo Palomar

CEO & Founder

With twenty years of experience in both the Tourism and Gastronomy industries, Hugo has developed a great eye for business, a nose for talent and a taste for exquisite food. He studied Tourism at ESADE and his last business venture was at ByHours.com. Sharing superior quality gastronomic experiences is his passion. He founded Foodie&Tours as a way to help traveling food lovers find authentic, one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. As CEO and Founder, he brought us all together for this project. In his free time Hugo indulges in his love of watersports, including stand up paddle and sailing in the Mediterranean Sea.

Enric Elvira Riera - Coder & Co-founder

Enric Elvira Riera

Coder & Co-founder

Enric is our experienced Co-Founder, Partner and Backend Developer of Foodie&Tours, originally from the cold Pyrenees Mountains. He currently spends his time enjoying all kinds of biltong in Johannesburg, but still missing Catalan fuet sausage. He was part of the Spanish cross-country ski team (yes, it exists!), and these days he challenges himself by running long distance races around South Africa. When he is not coding for our platform, he is eating something delicious while listening to italo disco and synthwave.

Diego Gil - Channel Manager

Diego Gil

Channel Manager

With background knowdlege in the tourism industry, Diego has Studied at the Swiss University of Hotel Managment Les Roches and has a degree in ESADE in Tourism Management. Most of his career has been developed in 5 star Hotels in Spain and Europe and specialized as Revenue Manager with previous experience in E-commerce and Guest service. He is also Destination Ambassador in Foodie&Tours Córdoba.

Andrés Benito - B2B Sales Manager

Andrés Benito

B2B Sales Manager

Andrés grew up in Barcelona where he studied a bachelor degree in Tourism. He moved to London after finishing his studies and worked in different jobs related to tourism and hospitality. Having gained experience in the hotels industry back in Spain, Andrés moved to Sweden where he took a Masters in Destination Development Management. After returning again to Spain he worked in a reputable Spanish DMC before starting his project in Foodie & Tours. Besides his knowledge about operations and tourism intermediation industry he is also a Foodie himself, as he has spent long periods working in the restaurant his family runs in Barcelona.

Mireia Pascual - Destination Ambassador Trainer

Mireia Pascual

Destination Ambassador Trainer

After working in world-renowned restaurants elBulli and El Celler de Can Roca, Mireia focused her talents on wine as a Specialist at Vila Viniteca. Mireia is a multi-faceted entrepeneur – gastronomic assessor, food tour guide and private sommelier. A dedicated foodie and Partner at Foodie&Tours, she manages the Barcelona Destination and carries out practical training of new Destination Ambassadors. Born in Girona and living in Barcelona, Mireia has everything it takes to offer gourmet travelers the perfect food experience!

Juan Peist - Frontend Developer

Juan Peist

Frontend Developer

Barbecue aficionado and whiskey lover, Juan is our talented CTO and Front-End Developer. His past experiences include Desigual and Doubleyou. He is a Partner and Co-Founder of the Foodie&Tours project, also responsible for overseeing all technical, design and usability aspects of the platform, making IT fit perfectly in each area. Besides being a masterful coder, he's also a triple ironman finisher and a lover of bikes.

Lili Kocsis - Content Editor

Lili Kocsis

Web Content Creator & Marketing Assistant

It was her passion for food and wine that led Lili to her role as Social Media Coordinator for a wine company in Argentina and Hong Kong, Manager of gourmet market Dean & DeLuca in Washington D.C., and resident journalist of a wine club in Spain's DOQ Priorat. Lili has also contributed a chapter on Hungarian American cooking to Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia, published in 2015. She joined the Foodie&Tours team to produce content for the company's webpage and social media platforms. In her spare time Lili runs her own website (ThatBestBite.com), in which she chronicles the delicious dishes she has tasted around the world: from the beef goulash of her Hungarian homeland to her favorite lahmacun in Instanbul.