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Alexandra Cheney

Jean-Georges Vongerichten on Cultivating a Global Empire

By Alexandra Cheney

Hailed as the chef who reinvented French cuisine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten sat down with Alexandra Cheney to ruminate on sustainable eating, meticulousness and why there’s more to fine dining than Michelin stars. There’s a finite precision to everything in Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s orbit. Some of it reflects his upbringing: He was raised in a two-story house dating to the 1780s with his […]

McLaren Speedtail: The Customizable Hypercar

By Alexandra Cheney

Words like sleek, stunning and extraordinary come easily to the lips of those viewing Speedtail, McLaren’s low-drag, 1,035-horsepower, gas-electric hybrid powertrain Ultimate Series vehicle. Its list of lengthy superlatives include: first-ever Hyper-GT and most aerodynamically efficient, perfectly symmetrical and fastest-accelerating McLaren. A proclamation: The Speedtail is a testament to the current and future technological accomplishments at McLaren. Speedtail clocks zero […]

The Most Impressive SUVs on the Road

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Utility vehicles continue to gain momentum as the world’s favored family car, so automobile manufacturers remain resolute in diversifying the sector. A trio of first drives demonstrate the breadth and depth of possibility; from impressive off-road capabilities to bespoke refinements, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Bentley are on a mission to […]

First Drive: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The hills are alive with the sound of 900 newton meters of torque. A curt pop-pop-pop of the exhaust gives way to a throaty rumble as Aston Martin’s new flagship 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera settles into its Alpine atmosphere. On the Austrian border some 2,297 ft above sea level in […]

Aston Martin DBS

The Pure McLaren Arctic Experience

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The sunlight at the top of the world penetrates the clouds much like a polar icebreaker relentlessly cuts through the frozen ocean. At 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, zero degrees Celsius feels balmy. There’s not a breath of wind. The crystalline landscape appears petrified, that is, until […]

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to San Diego

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Originally inhabited by the Kumeyaay Native Americans, San Diego violently changed hands  several times throughout history; first by colonizing Spaniards in 1774, then by Mexicans in 1821 during the Mexican War of Independence and finally by early American settlers in 1848, after Alta California joined the United States thanks […]

The Three Ultimate Tow Vehicles

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum At its core, Cadillac calls Escalade an SUV with the capacities of a full-size truck. Its new 10-speed automatic transmission with a 7.39 gear ratio spread apportions the engine to run at a lower rpm on the highway, adjusting shift points in a manner similar […]

Ian Callum on the Discipline of Design

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. As director of design for Jaguar, IanCallum is the first in and last out of every vehicle the manufacturer creates. Shaping the brand’s aesthetic for the last two decades earned Callum five honorary doctorates, aswell as recognizable status as a titan of design in the motoring world. On the […]

The New Era of Customized Luxury Travel Trailers

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Explore with complete freedom and flexibility; no pilot, predetermined destination or schedule is necessary. A new era of customized, purpose-built travel trailers from Living Vehicle, Airstream and Land Ark allow you to traverse the world with the luxuries of home and on your own terms. Land Ark Drake In […]

Canyon Carver: The Vanderhall Venice Autocycle

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Vanderhall MotorWorks’ three-wheeled autocycle is vintage for the modern era. Cruising the balmy Southern California canyons, windswept and three-wheeled, the Vanderhall Venice radiates a distinct air of cool in a valley of cloudless skies. Part of that may be due to its lack of a roof, but the rest, […]