16 TV Chefs On Their Favorite Food Cities

16 TV Chefs On Their Favorite Food Cities

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We asked these well-traveled chefs to tell us their favorite food destination. Here are their answers. Read more: www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/tv-chefs-favorite-food-cities

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    "In Santorini, I love the wine, tomatoes, and seafood. In Venice, Italy, I love the negroni and spritz cocktails, incredible seafood, and seasonal produce markets. In Bologna, I love the mortadella and pastas. In Barcelona, Spain, there’s Cal Pep. In Healdsburg, California, there’s DaVero and Loretta Keller's cabin—these guys have cooked some of the best meals of my life.” —Zoi Antonitsas, Top Chef 
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    “My favorite food city has got to be either Austin or Nashville, for sure. Anything south of the Mason-Dixon Line is good for me, because I’m from the South and we are happy people down there.” —Tim Love, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth 
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    “Kyoto is amazing from the low to the high end, just the spectrum of food there—it’s pretty spectacular if you like it. And I love the Japanese-style restaurants that just focus on one ingredient, one thing, and do it for “x” amount of generations.”  —Paul Qui, Qui Restaurant and East Side King, Austin
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    “San Sebastian, Spain.” —Michelle Bernstein, Michy’s, Miami 
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    “Vancouver, Canada, because it has some of the best Asian food in the world. It’s like multi, multi-generational noodle and kanji houses. It’s just the best. It’s affordable. It’s accessible. And it’s got the cleanest Chinatown I’ve ever seen.” —Michel Nischan, CEO, Wholesome Wave
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    “New York City. I love that we constantly keep pushing it. There is like this intense dialogue between customers and chefs, just piling on top of each other, constantly arguing in a good way. Push and pull. The dynamic—it’s exactly that.” —Marcus Samuelsson, author, Yes, Chef; Red Rooster, New York City 
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    “I’d have to say, a couple of months ago I was in Tokyo for the first time in about 10 years, and I can’t imagine eating any better food than in Tokyo. I think from Italian to Japanese to anything, the passion and the pride that they take in that city—there’s nothing like it. It’s phenomenal.” —Ken Oringer, Toro, Boston and New York City 
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    “Barcelona. There is such an amazing mix of restaurants and markets, you can eat classic Spanish tapas at places like Cal Pep or Bar Pinotxo in the Mercado de La  Boqueria, and the next day go to Tickets by Albert Adria and have an experience with touches of El Bulli.” —Katie Button, Curate, Asheville, NC
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    “I’m caught between New York City and Barcelona. New York is home, and it’s the most diversified city in the world, I think. But there’s something about Spain, man—the simplicity and boldness of flavors; it keeps me coming back every year.” —Johnny Iuzzini, author, Dessert FourPlay and Sugar Rush
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    “Favorite food city has to be Lisbon, because of its diversity and its ever-changing dining scene. It’s respective of the classics, but also it’s constantly evolving.” —George Mendes, Aldea, New York City 
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    “Tokyo or New Orleans.” —Gail Simmons, “Top Chef;” author, Talking With My Mouth Full 
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    “New York! It has the best of everything. But if I could go eat anywhere in the world, it would be Japan.” —Claudine Pepin, author, Kids Cook French
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