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Experimental cuisine, punk rock chefs and the occasional nod to traditionalism, these are the 10 places jet setting foodies are talking their way into this year.

Copenhagen, Denmark
René Redzepi’s 12-table restaurant is considered by many the best in the world, and its soft-spoken bad-boy chef/owner’s strong sensibilities range from foraging for seasonal vegetables to serving live shrimp. The first bite’s the toughest. (

The Fat Duck
London, England
Settle in for the four-hour,160-pound per person tasting menu at this famed eatery and get transported to a culinary heaven where dishes like jelly of quail with crayfish cream float on to your palate and fade into a flavor-memory that will last for years. (

Sao Paolo, Brazil
Only in Brazil would you find a DJ-turned-chef turning out brilliant (and brightly colored) dishes that landed his restaurant atop the world’s best rankings—not to mention the best in South America. The chef, Atala, draws from the Amazon to add exotic flavors to his French-inspired fare, so you can sip on a pitanga juice or sup on scallops as you wish. (

Chicago, Illinois
New York has Wylie Dufresne and David Chang, but Grant Achatz is the most intriguing of the punk-rock chefs in the U.S. He turns ingredients into mini works of art, then parlays them into high-concept dishes that gratify the eyes before exploding into a new idea of what food should taste like.(

Le Chateaubriand
Paris, France
Paris has two sorts of fine dining now: the white tablecloth traditional variety, and the sort where the tattooed chef and hip young waiters serve mind-bending twists on classic French dishes. Iñake Aizpitarte presides over the kitchen at his bistro in the buzzing 11th arrondissement, emphasizing raw and unusual ingredients to dazzling effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Kinda wish i was a jet settin foodie instead of a regular ol detroit foodie….

  • Edwina @FASHION+ART

    It would be so fab to pay a visit to each one of these outstanding restaurants. What a fine fantasy!

  • Jacob Black

    Alinea is as legit as they come. Best Restaurant in the World.

  • Anonymous

    Lucky living in Chicago and attempting to be a regular @ Alinea. Never ceases to blow your mind no matter how high expectations are.

  • Anonymous

    Any suggestions for Barcelona and Lisbon?

  • Anonymous

    Mr. SC, It’s wonderful when everyones’ dreams come true, are not life’s blessings astounding!!!

  • John Harris JJ

    Im from Chicago so I checked out the menu for Alinea. Ehhem $195 a “plate”. I guess my broke ass will stick to White Castles

  • Angel Gammage

    Since im a secret chef (dont tell anyone cuz they always want my food) i love the fact that your a foodie too! In my life there are only a few things ill fight for my money, my family and my food!

    On tonights menu: Country beef ribs with veggies/collard greens with turkey wings/yams/sugar roasted corn on the cob…… going to bed :)

  • chantal [meta musings]

    Barcelona suggestions would be amazing! Going there in May!!

  • chantal [meta musings]

    Do you have any suggestions for Barcelona? Going there in May!!

  • Anonymous

    I am disappointed that Adour Alain Ducasse is on the list since they serve fois gras which is animal cruelty. I thought you had better taste… VERY disappointed.

  • Nero

    Just ate at binkleys,like Grant Achats, another protoge of Thomas Keller, this retaurant is tucked away in a shopping center in cave creek just north of scottsdale. It was the best meal I have ever had. Jay, if you are really a foodie, you cannot miss out on this place next time your in scottsdale. P.S ask for the foi gras 3 ways, its the best dish I have ever seen/eaten.

  • Nicole

    I wanna see your New York City restaurant list!

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