Exactly a month ago from today… without much preparation or prior announcement whatsover, I flew to Berlin, Germany upon the gracious invitation of world-renowned household appliances brand Miele.
This German-based brand has always stood for the very best: premium quality, outstanding durability and leading technology. So without even thinking twice about it, I immediately said YES to their invitation!
This trip happened immediately right after the big 3-day launch of Taste by Grace Home in Artefino. So you can just imagine how dead tired I was in my flight that I literally zonked out the minute I took my seat in the plane!
Fast forward to our arrival… and upon checking in our hotel, the Grand Hyatt Berlin was decorated with Miele signs to welcome its guests from all over the world!
And when I walked inside my well-appointed room, a packet containing an invitation and other gifts greeted me!
The day I arrived in Berlin was also the same day the big event was going to happen! My flight arrived at 7am and the invitation was at 11am — but pick up time at the hotel lobby was at 10:50am. So I literally panicked the whole time!
So as soon as I got in my room, I took a quick shower and dressed up. No time to rest, no time to unpack, no time for anything — but run!!
When I got down to the lobby of our hotel, I saw all the other guests from different countries and from varying industries from all over the world. And then I immediately spotted the red Miele bus waiting for us right outside!
My panic immediately turned into excitement — and this was when it reality hit me that yes I am now in Berlin — and yes, I am now here with Miele!
And boy was I so glad to see another Filipino guest joining this event : food writer and columnist Margaux Salcedo!
And then we were soon dropped off in the “secret venue”, the Bolle Festsäle. At this point, we still didn’t know where we were, what to expect and what’s going to happen next!
We got inside the historical building which was converted into the event’s venue. We were then led to a photo wall to have our “headshots” taken. Then we were led into a dark but well-lit room — a room already filled with other guests, photographers, and waiters waiting to serve us a cold glass of champagne and canapés! (And remember that this was happening at 11am!)
As soon as I walked in, I was so surprised to see my name Grace Baja, The Spoiled Mummy, Philippines, flashing on the wall as I entered!
What an amazing feeling! This made me feel so proud to represent the Philippines in Berlin!
There were a lot of Miele displays around the area that proved to be picture-worthy too… just like this wall that showed the history of the brand which started all the way in 1899!
Everyone was just filled with so much excitement and anticipation as we were led from one room to the other. And as you can see here, everyone was on their phones — documenting the spectacle that was happening all around us!
One of the highlights was when we entered a room that seemed like a tunnel filled with flashing lights, colors and sounds…
And then the actual program started!
We were welcomed by : Dr Reinhard Zinkann (Executive Director and Co-Proprietor), Dr. Markus Miele (Executive Director and Co-Proprietor), and Dr. Axel Kniehl (Executive Director – Marketing and Sales).
What an amazing welcoming team — no less than the owners themselves in front of us!
And yes, talk about a grand entrance… and yet this was just the beginning!
A large illuminated stage beckoned and the guests were divided into groups, in different dining tables, and surprise, surprise — with each table having their own personal chef!
What happened next was a different kind of revolution… So stay tuned for part 2!
In the meantime… I leave you with this short video I made about this amazing, world-class premier of the world’s smartest oven, one that is set to revolutionize the cooking world : The Miele Dialog Oven!
Double click on the video below to watch it in full!
I am proud to be affiliated with the world-renowned brand Miele known for excellence and integrity. Read about my last post here when I was presented as the brand’s Ambassador.
To read the continuation of this event, click here.
For more information the Miele Dialog Oven, click this link here.