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Use your Marriott points to score an intimate master class with a famous chef

Sept. 17, 2019
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Use your Marriott points to score an intimate master class with a famous chef
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If you've ever wanted to take a masterclass from a chef at a famous Michelin-starred restaurant, Marriott Bonvoy Moments is offering a golden opportunity. Actually, eight golden opportunities.

On Tuesday, Marriott announced a series of eight new culinary Marriott Bonvoy Moments that give members a chance to bid for these unique experiences located throughout Europe. Bidding is open now for the first six events, with bids currently as low at 85,000 Marriott points.

RELATED: Learn all about Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Packages include a minimum two-night stay for two people in a nearby Marriott hotel plus a "unique multi-course dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant and a chef masterclass or meet and greet." On top of that, some Bonvoy Moments include additional "unique local experiences" such as a chocolate workshop, a private market tour, exclusive Vineyard or wine cellar tours.

All available culinary Marriott Bonvoy Moments can be found on this page, while the new series of Michelin-rated Masterclass Moments are found here.

Let's take a closer look at the first six events available to bid on now.

Es Fum with Chef Miguel Navarro

  • Location: St Regis Mardavall in Mallorca, Spain
  • Event date: October 12-14
  • Bidding ends: October 1
  • Current lowest bid: 85,000 points
  • Packages available: 3

Tour and shop for ingredients at the Mercado de Santa Catalina, and receive a private tour of an olive oil cellar. Your journey also includes a full tasting dinner experience at the Michelin-starred restaurant Es Fum, and a two-night stay in a Junior Suite at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort.

M.B & Kabuki with Chef Martín Berasategui

  • Location: The Ritz‐Carlton, Abama in Tenerife, Spain
  • Event date: October 27-30
  • Bidding ends: October 7
  • Current lowest bid: 150,000 points
  • Packages available: 4

Attend a cooking Masterclass with Chef Martín Berasategui and a cocktail workshop. Your journey also includes tasting menu experiences and wine pairings at the Michelin-starred restaurants, M.B and Kabuki. With your three-night stay in a Deluxe Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, you'll also receive daily breakfast, a traditional couples' massage and a private buggy during your stay.

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Marqués de Riscal with Chef Francis Paniego

Attend a cooking Masterclass and a Tapas tour, and visit wine cellars and wineries. Your journey also includes a full dinner experience at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Marqués de Riscal, and a meet and greet with Chef Francis Paniego. Stay at both Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastián and Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego.

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La Barra de Carles Abellan with Chef Carles Abellán & Enoteca Paco Pérez with Chef Paco Pérez

  • Location: W Barcelona & Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain
  • Event date: November 15-17
  • Bidding ends: October 7
  • Current lowest bid: 150,000 points
  • Packages available: 4

Attend a meet and greet with Chef Paco Pérez and Chef Carles Abellán and learn what inspires both award-winning chefs. Your journey also includes a private tour of the vineyard from a personal guide, a tapas dinner at La Barra and a multi-course Catalan dinner at the Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca Paco Pérez. And stay in a Deluxe Room at the iconic Hotel Arts Barcelona.

Bayview with Chef Michel Roth

  • Location: Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Event date: November 22-24
  • Bidding ends: October 7
  • Current lowest bid: 150,000 points
  • Packages available: 4

Attend a cooking Masterclass with Chef Michel Roth and a chocolate workshop and tasting. Visit a wine cellar for an exclusive tasting. Your journey also includes tasting menu dinners at both Arabesque and Bayview restaurants and a two-night stay in a Junior Suite at the President Wilson, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva.

AQUA with Chef Sven Elverfeld

  • Location: The Ritz‐Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Event date: December 3-5
  • Bidding ends: October 7
  • Current lowest bid: 150,000 points
  • Packages available: 4

Start your journey with a VIP Tour of the Volkswagen factory grounds, followed by a four-course Imperial Caviar Dinner with Dom Pérignon pairing at the Volkswagen Autostadt. Attend a cooking workshop with Chef Sven Elverfeld. Your journey also includes a nine-course tasting dinner at the Michelin-starred AQUA Restaurant and a two-night Suite stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.

Restore your Marriott Bonvoy balance

If using your Marriott points on these incredible experiences depletes your Marriott Bonvoy balance, you can build it back up for your next vacation -- or Marriott Bonvoy Moment event -- by applying for the following cards:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card: Earn 125,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants within the first six months of card membership. Offer ends 5/12/2021. Terms Apply
  • Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card: Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 5/12/21. Terms apply.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card: Earn 50,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

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  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees