Food Lover Tour founder
I’m Matthieu Floret, a native Parisian residing in Barcelona since 2007 for the second time, after having completed an MBA at the prestigious EADA business school between 2000 and 2001. Motivated by my dream of having my own company since 2006, although more focused on marketing and new technologies, I never lost faith in tourism and entertainment which are amongst Spain’s most promising sectors.
As a true French “bon vivant”, a lover of good food since my childhood, I managed to bring together my three great loves with Food Lover Tour: eating, drinking and entertaining. And so the company came about in 2013 with a very simple but attractive premise: to eat where the locals eat.
Success came quickly, within less than one year Food Lover Tour managed to scale the heights to the number 1 ranking on TripAdvisor, not just as one of the best gastronomic tours but one of the best Barcelona activities. Thanks to the excellent quality of the food being offered, the good company and knowledge provided by the guides, and the beyond reproach service of the restaurants, bars and taverns included in our tours, Food Lover Tour became a reference in terms of good food.
Food Lover Tour Madrid
My name is Raúl Martín, born and raised in Madrid, Spain. I have a degree in Advertising, Comunication and Marketing. I worked as an Account Executive and Copy Creative in several advertising companies, as well as an advertising teacher.
I traveled around 17 countries in Europe, North Africa and 6 countries in Latin America, living in many of these.
Since I was a child, ‘I did not eat anything’, I was born with an enoooooooormous talent to distinguish the excellent from the good, and you can imagine how much I made my poor mother suffer. Luckily for her, when I met the cuisine and the flavours of Madrid, I began to travel, and there, my palate continued to enjoy and learn. The pleasant surprises that I was finding made me go on and on. Until the day where I finally could turn my hobby into my profession.
Gastronomic fairs like Madrid Fusion, the International Gourmet Fair or tourist attractions like FITUR…are marked in my calendar as a must. True festivals for my senses.
Now I am lucky to be able to live from my passion and to share with you all this learning, with Food Lover Tour Madrid the result of more than 20 years of gastronomic investigation. During our walking tour you will taste my true ‘golden nuggets’ and learn about the history of this city born in the 9th century.
Life between wines and tapas of amazing flavours, emotions… a fulfilled life.
Food Lover Tour Seville
Born and raised in Verdun (France), I left my hometown to go study marketing and business in the University of Nancy (France). Upon completing my studies, I decided it was the best time to discover new things, so I packed my bags and took the plane for the first time to live in Dublin (Ireland) for one year. Dublin wsa another world for me but it was so much fun. This is where I met my wife, who is from Seville (“what a terrible place to live” I thought at the time and suddenly, without even realizing it, here I am living in Seville! Sun, beaches and inexpensive tapas and drinks, I don’t need much more to start enjoying the simple and inspiring way of life the south of Spain is famous for.
During the last 13 years, living in Seville, I discovered some amazing food and traditions built around the local gastronomy. Here, food is a master piece and sharing good food with friends and family is almost sacred. It took me a while to realise I could spend my life eating, so I worked in many different industries, from the tourism industry to the software industry. Although I enjoyed what I did, I always had the feeling that the best was yet to come. When I heard what this crazy French guy, Matthieu Floret was doing in Barcelona, I immediately knew I was destined to bring Food Lover Tour to Seville.
In 2015 I started Food Lover Tour Seville and I immediately observed the satisfaction it brought to our guests. The city has it all, it is the typical post card from Spain, the classical southern city with thousands of years of history. It is also a place where you can feel at home with friendly people and a great choice of places to stay. Finally, it is the ultimate kingdom of TAPAS with a variety of flavours and drinks that can hardly be beaten.
This is where I live and where I want to spend many more years to come. Let me take you wandering through these streets where the TAPAS is king!
JEAN PIERRE VALA
Food Lover Tour Malaga
Born in Paris, near Montmartre, since very young my Spanish mother often asked me: Jean pierre, come here to help your mama cook!…I studied at the European business school, and in order to gain international experience, I participated in study abroad programs in London and Madrid.
Then I left Paris to work in Spain as seller for one of the most prestigious winemakers of the world: Bodegas Miguel Torres: a winemaker built through the effort of five generations. This company has been recognized as the most admired wine brand in the world by leading British magazines.
My job responsibilities was of course selling Spanish wines, brandies and French champagnes but also discovering the top gastronomical spots…Mix work and passion in a local area: what else! Then this company who celebrates life and cares for the earth offered me a new position as Spain Brand Manager. Waow!! In charge of promoting French Champagnes and spirits all over the Iberian Peninsula! Living foody experiences and tasting Spanish wines, such another amazing step!
However, I quickly felt I was missing something: I needed to develop my own business project dream. Therefore, we created Euroconvention Company with a French partner. We organized seminars, walking tours and foodies gala evenings in Spain! Why all my life experiences are linked with food and wines!?? Jean Pierre, come here to help mama cook!…Home is where the heart is…
Finally, considering my insatiable culinary curiosity, I decided to convert my life’s passion into my own business with Food Lover Tour.
To be in the Food Lover Tour Team means: “Variety is the spice of life”. We are crazy of lovely human and gastronomic adventures.
It will be a pleasure to share my interest in Malaga’s gastronomy, wines and culture with you in an unusual and delightful foodies walking tour!
Food Lover Tour Lisboa
Like the Portuguese cuisine, Thomas and Oriane have influencese from all over the world! They have traveled extensively and spent several years living in Sao Paulo, Montreal, Stockholm, Brussels, Paris, Lausanne, California, and are now happily settled in Lisbon.
(Great) Food is perhaps the red line tying all of these places together. Thomas, currently working on a novel, has written over 800 restaurant descriptions for the Fork in French, Dutch and English. He has worked in (almost as many) restaurants in Belgium, and performed stand up comedy in the Couscous Comedy Club in Montreal!
Oriane, now focusing on her artistic practice and Otoco, the project space she co-founded with Thomas in Lisbon, previously studied hospitality business and consequently worked in numerous hotels and restaurants in the US, Brazil, and Paris.
What we most enjoy about our life in Lisbon are all the tasty, charming and unexpected places to eat, together with the windy streets that lead to them! We look forward to taking you to our favourite neighbourhood and sharing the fascinating stories of this beautiful city.
Since its creation, Food Lover Tour has had more than 15 collaborators.
Tours are conducted in: English, Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Romanian.
More than 10,000 happy customers to date!
We offer seven types of tours: Tapas Lover Tour, Picoteo Lover Tour, Gourmet Lover Tour, Wine Lover Tour, Sweets Lover Tour, Foodball Lover Tour and Market Lover Tour.
More than 1,000 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Food Lover Tour operates in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Malaga, Granada, Lisbon and Porto.