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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
Taught to cook by his grandmother, Mukhin takes inspiration from her traditional family recipes, and uses only Russian ingredients to create spectacular dishes that captivate diners with their new and exciting flavours.
His pioneering approach has earned him a coveted place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third year running, but Mukhin is adamant he doesn’t do it for for the glory.
“It’s about inspiration. It’s not a job - it’s a way of life,” he says.
Indeed, Mukhin’s desire to constantly raise the bar is compatible with the ethos of the Lexus ES - where performance and high-end craft form a perfect union.
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FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
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.
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.
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Forge your own path
chapter 4: Elevating Taste
There is never any fear or hesitation in Barroso’s approach; rather, he embraces the daring impetus to do something that hasn’t ever been done before.
New ingredients, new methods, new perspectives: in consistently elevating taste, the only thing Barroso avoids is choosing the conventional path.
Tradition always underpins Barroso’s work. “You need tradition in order to innovate,” he explains, voice edged with passion.
The Lexus LX allows him access to new possibilities. Barroso’s food is about finding the balance in a blend of varied flavours, letting each ingredient enhance the others.
“No element is dissonant – and yet they must be different.” It’s an approach that allows every individual aspect to shine, and at the same time, creating a sum that is greater than its parts.
It’s something that mirrors the ethos of the Lexus LS flagship sedan, too–Barroso’s ride of choice during his recent stint at Intersect by Lexus in New York: using the strength of single elements to create a unique experience, powerful in and of itself.
LC Morphic Blue Limited Edition and ES F Sport variants are not currently available for purchase in Australia.