Given its embossed cover, black and white pages and mustard cloth bookmark, it could have been an old edition of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days from your great uncle’s bookshelf. But skimming through Where Chefs Eat, you’ll find this book to be neither a masterpiece from times gone by, nor a traditional restaurant guide.
These 700 pages resulted from a telling observation made on the restaurant scene of late: chefs are no longer just eating in their own kitchens after hours and in between service. Rather, they are some of the busiest diners and most knowledgeable restaurant patrons today, as they trawl eateries all over the world to gain inspiration from their peers and feed their passion for food.
As such, this hefty tome is about sharing reliable and personal recommendations from over 400 of the world’s leading chefs – from Massimo Bottura (restaurant) and Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck, London), locals Andrew McConnell Cutler & Co, The Builders Arms, Golden Fields and Dan Hunter (The Royal Mail, Dunkeld, Victoria), to Rene Redzepi (NOMA, Copenhagen) and Yoshihiro Narisawa (Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo).
In Where Chefs Eat, you will find all the usual information about the venue you’re interested in (think opening hours, reservation policy, price range and cuisine) supplemented by short reviews from food writer Joe Warwick. But it’s the tips from the chefs, indicating the reasons why restaurant is their pick, which make all the difference.
The book is divided into continents so restaurants can be selected based on their location, with quotes from the chefs and neat maps scattered throughout.
Dealing with thousands of eateries, Where Chefs Eat offers an inimitable guide to dining of all kinds, from breakfast and snacks, to late night eateries, local favourites and even those restaurants the chefs wished they’d opened themselves.
Where Chefs Eat is available at good bookstores, and as an App for iPhone and iPad.