Chef Chris "CJ" Jacobson may be best known for competing on Top Chef, including winning Top Chef Duels. He's also the chef at Girasol in Los Angeles, where he cooks hyper-seasonal New American food, and is working on a new restaurant with Lettuce Entertain You.
I haven’t been on vacation for more than four days in a row in the last 15 years, so I was stoked to get a trip through Latin America on Crystal Cruises for winning Top Chef Duels. I finished my cruise in Cartagena and spent a couple of days there before heading to Bogotá, which is a really beautiful city. There are two Four Seasons hotels opening (the Four Seasons Casa Medina is now open) and the people there helped me out with an awesome guide. What a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s almost 9,000 feet up, so you get tired walking around and the average temperature is between 55 and 70 degrees all year.
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