The world's top 500 food experiences - ranked! We asked the planet's top chefs, food writers and our food-obsessed authors to name their favorite, most authentic gastronomic encounters. The result is a journey to Mozambique for piri-piri chicken, Japan for bullet train bento boxes, San Sebastian pintxos bars, and a further 497 of the most exciting eateries anywhere on Earth.
Ultimate Eats is the follow-up to our bestselling Ultimate Travel and is a must-own bucket list for foodies and those who love to travel. You'll discover the planet's most thrilling and famous culinary experiences, the culture behind each one, what makes them so special, and why the experience is so much more than what's in the plate, bowl or glass in front of you.
How many have you tried and what's your number one?
With contributions from Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons, José Andrés, Curtis Stone, Eric Ripert, Florence Fabricant, Ben Shewry, Dan Hunter, Monica Galetti, and many more.
- Laksa, Malaysia
- Grilled octopus, Greece
- Smorrebrod, Denmark
- Ceviche, Peru
- Po boy, USA
- Steak tartare, France
- Bibimbap, Korea
- Dim Sum, Hong Kong
- Reindeer Stew, Finland
- Jerked chicken, Jamaica
- Asado, Argentina
- Shakshuka, Israel
- Pho, Vietnam
- Wildfoods Festival, New Zealand
- The Fat Duck restaurant, UK
- Tokyo sushi counters, Japan
- Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Italy
- Adelaide Central Market, Australia
- Grilled fish, Seychelles
- Irish stew
- New York Reuben delis, USA
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