About us

Who we are and what we do

Brasil Food Safaris

The Brasil Food Safaris travels to exclusive places focusing on local gastronomy. We choose destinations with cultural relevance and we make the ingredients and cooking techniques the main attraction.

Our itineraries include practical classes with local cooks, visits to markets for ingredients learning and shopping, visits to touristic monuments and local communities, and dining in restaurants of renowned chefs. The program is designed focused on the common interest of the participants: the gastronomy.

We are dedicated to provide the best travel experience for each participant.

A little more about us:

Hello, my name is Paulo Machado, I have Master degree in Hospitality, founder of the Paulo Machado Food Research Institute in Campo Grande (MS) and presenter of the TV show "Comitiva de Sabores".

I studied and worked in restaurants in Europe and Brazil. I teach gastronomy classes and have already held Brazilian Cooking Festivals in more than 15 countries. In 2015 I received the Dólmã Prize of best chef of the kitchen in the national category. Since 2013 I have promoted #foodsafaris to incredible destinations in Brazil and abroad in partnership with Bravo Expeditions. Currently, I subscribe the column "Terra Estrangeira" in the Brazilian magazine Menu, specialized in gastronomy.

Hi, I'm Pollianna Thomé, graduated in Tourism and Master in Cultural Geography. I am a cook trained by Senac and currently teach classes in gastronomy courses. I am a member of the tour operator Bravo Brazil Expeditions, which together with the Paulo Machado Institute created the Food Safaris. I love traveling and my passion in organizing and conducting the Food Safaris is to contribute to the gastronomy appreciation of the places we visit.

How everything started:

The project to promote gastronomic trips was born in the Pantanal region of Brazil. We both have special affection for this region and it was where we developed our academic research, each one in its area of study. Visits to the Pantanal are focused on showing the nature and wildlife, the cultural heritage is not always noticed by tourists.

Behind the conserved natural environment of the Pantanal there is a population with cultural peculiarities that developed sustainable techniques of survival, many of them linked to the food production and consumption. After listing the main gastronomic rituals, we promoted the first trip to the Pantanal, valuing the food heritage of the Pantanal.

The experience was so certain that we started developing new routes to other destinations. Embark on this adventure with us!