About the Gourmands

Susan Gillato, CTC – owner

Travel is the true love of my life.  The affair started 40 years ago in 1974 with a high school tour of Europe – five countries in eight days – and I was hooked.

During more than 25 years in the travel industry, working for travel industry power-houses Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Travel Services and Neiman Marcus Travel Services, I have been lucky to indulge my passion for travel and food.  Whether it was a picnic of lentil salad and goat cheese in Provence, burek in Croatia, or shepherd’s pie in Ireland. I can truly say that traveling the globe has provided me with unforgettable culinary experiences.

My love of creating unique and unforgettable journeys for savvy travelers has led me to co-found Global Gourmands with Claudia Royston.  Our abilities mesh perfectly and enable us to provide the best in products and delivery from start to finish.  Email or call to find out how Global Gourmands can show you a whole new world.

Susan India


Claudia Royston – owner

My life has been about traveling and the wonderful experiences I’ve had along the way.  Born in the US to British parents, I spent summer months at our home in England and traveled around Europe with my family.  I have been doing this on and off since I was six months old.

Throughout my travels, culinary experiences have always been the gateway to understanding where I am – the culture, the traditions and the current trends.  This was especially true while living in Munich for three years and traveling all over Eastern Europe.

On my way back to the US, I “stopped over” to work in London for seven years.  During this time I managed a hotel and later became the marketing manager for a map publisher.  Back in the US, I worked on United Airlines’ MileagePlus program at an agency and later at Abercrombie & Kent, also in marketing.  At A&K, I learned about luxury travel and what kinds of experiences make a trip into an inspiring journey.

Global Gourmands has given me the chance to share my passion for travel, food and culture and hopefully inspire fellow travelers who have seen much of the world but now want to take a closer look.  Email or call to find out how Global Gourmands can enrich your next vacation.

Pont du Gard

Pam Hester – Air Specialist

Pam is a master air travel planner, specializing in VIP, entertainment and corporate travel, and has been in the industry for 30 years.  Pam takes care of travel plans from door-to-door and has planned air travel for individuals and groups up to 500!

Pam has an exceptional reputation with airlines that enable her to resolve many difficult travel issues.  She is respected by clients and industry professionals alike and has maintained a reputation of excellence and professionalism over her three-decade career.

Pam is dedicated to impeccable service, attention to detail and efficiency from start to finish, treating all her clients as if they were her only clients. Pam’s office is located in the town of Woodland Hills, CA and can be reached at 818-730-2016 or


*Global Gourmands is an affiliate of the Travel Society, a Virtuoso member.

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