Chefs' Table Tours

Join us for a memorable vacation in Tuscany with Chef James Eddington

September 17 – 24, 2022

There are already so many reasons to visit Italy – the history, the wine, the art, the incredible beauty and now there’s one more! Chef James Eddington will be cooking and touring in Tuscany in the fall of 2022 and he wants you to come too…

For one dream-like week you’ll share a 16th century villa overlooking the Chianti hills with a small group of other food-and wine-loving travellers. Daily trips will take you to timeless villages like Siena, Lucca, Cortona and San Gimignano; to treasure-filled Florence; shopping in local markets; winetasting on the Chianti Trail and dining in unforgettable restaurants. You already love the food and wine so next spring see how it was meant to be enjoyed! Come with Chef James to learn why the whole world loves Tuscany.

Home will be a thoughtfully restored 16th century villa in the hills near Florence, and double occupancy is in beautifully decorated rooms with king beds and en suite bathrooms. There are postcard views of the Chianti hills and each morning we’ll walk out into the olive groves that surround the house to soak in the rustic ambiance. Breakfast will be at home and then each morning our own chauffeured bus will take us to a village, a market, an olive mill, a winery and then to lunch to explore the range of Italian cooking.

We’ll tour historic sights and see magnificent scenery, sample the finest wines and local favourites, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants and local trattorias and taste the best gelato in the world. A bit more sightseeing in the afternoon and then it’s home to cook with James or a local chef and relax over our meal in our own dining room or on our own terrace, the perfect way to end a full day.

Does it sound appealing? We hope so, and that you’ll be with us for this memorable trip to one of the world’s loveliest destinations.

For more information call Nancy at 226-973-6082 or email


  • 7 nights accommodation and local transportation 
  • All meals, wine and gratuities 
  • All sightseeing and excursions 
  • All cooking classes with Chef James 
  • Includes all applicable taxes and service charges as of this contract date  
  • 24-hour Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd. Emergency Contact Number while on tour 



  • Insurance has not been included as part of your tour package.  Ellison Travel & Tours strongly recommends the purchase of Manulife Insurance coverage for Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, COVID-19 Travel Plan, Comprehensive Assistance, Health Coverage, Individual Accident Coverage and Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance. Contact us for rates and complete details. 
  • International airfare – Inquire with us about group space 
  • Passport, visas, government processing fees, vaccinations, COVID tests, if required at time of travel 
  • Additional taxes, fuel surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers 
  • Flights, pre/post-tour accommodations, trains, tours etc. through Ellison Travel & Tours
  • Manulife Travel Insurance

$5850CAD per person – double/twin occupancy  


  • Deposit $700 and insurance at time of booking 
  • Balance due June 17, 2022 

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (as accepted in Canada) is required at least 2 weeks prior to travel. If this can not be provided, full cancellation penalties will apply. Passengers will be asked to sign our ‘Commitment to Health’ form and comply with all health & safety protocols for the safety of our passengers as well as individuals in the communities we visit.     

Chef James Eddington

Food is the focus of our trip, and cooking classes with our own chef will be the highlight of your days. You’ll learn the secrets of French cuisine and the culinary techniques and philosophies of Chef James Eddington. You’ll take home a wealth of knowledge and a week’s worth of new recipes, too!

James graduated from Fanshawe College in 1997 and immediately came to Exeter and opened his own restaurant, “Eddington’s of Exeter”, now celebrating 20 years in business. The restaurant is located in the original Carling homestead, built in the 1870s. After two major renovations, an addition of a new dining room and a serene outdoor backyard summer patio, the restaurant has a clean and modern look while maintaining its warm, traditional feel. James is an advocate of serving local food and states “we are so blessed to be living in such an agriculturally rich area of the world”. Although the local food movement is really starting to take off, it has always been the driving force in Eddington’s kitchen. At Eddington’s the menu changes frequently, as each season inspires the delicacies our region has to offer. Chef James was award “top 30 under 30” by the Ontario Hostelry Institute recognized by the Globe and Mail.

In addition to overseeing all aspects of the restaurant, James is also involved in the community. He is a member of the Exeter BIA, sits on the Huron County Economic Development board, as well as an Exeter Director for RTO4 Regional Tourism Board 4 (representing Agra culinary for Huron, Perth, Wellington and Waterloo counties). James has also supported many charities in Huron County and region throughout the years. He has donated many culinary prize packages as silent and live auction items for the Conservation Dinner and the Exeter Hospital Foundation. James has also supported the Huron Women’s Shelter, Taste for Life and helped promote International Women’s Day through the restaurant. On a personal note, James hosted hospitality and tourism students at the restaurant and mentors future chefs at Fanshawe College. Recently Chef Eddington has just purchased a small 25 acre farm along the shores of Lake Huron producing many of the restaurant fruits, vegetables and white beans and now tends his own Honey bees on premise.