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Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favourite Restaurants [Hardcover]

Joe Warwick , Hillary Armstrong , Oliver Thring , Clodagh Kinsella , Phaidon Editors
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Book Description

2 Jan 2013
Forget the restaurant guides compiled by a panel of mysterious experts, this guide is by the real insiders: more than 400 of the world's leading chefs. Listing their favourite places to eat from neighbourhood eateries to high-end restaurants, Where Chefs Eat, is the ultimate guide to the world's best food. With entertaining reviews the book should appeal to restaurant-goers and food lovers worldwide.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (2 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714865419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714865416
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 7.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'international, invaluable' Evening Standard 'the choices are not obvious [...]: back streets as well as high streets are covered. ... Usefully, it indicates a price, dress code and who goes there.' The Times 'We've been trying to get hold of food writer Joe Warwick's little black book of chefs' favourite food spot for years - no need to now, as he's done the legwork for us in this cool guide.' Jamie (Oliver) magazine 'Who better to turn to for restaurant recommendations than the world's greatest chefs? Some 400 weighed in for this refreshing antidote to the tyranny of Yelp.' The Wall Street Journal '...a huge benefit for hungry tourists and locals alike...' The Huffington Post 'In an age where dining guides depend on either user reviews (Yelp) or anonymous ones (Michelin), this new book from Phaidon goes right to the source...' San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Joe Warwick is a London-based food writer, restaurant critic and experienced author of restaurant guides. He wrote The Hedonist's Guide to Eat London, which lists the 150 best London restaurants selected by critics, sommeliers, chefs, suppliers and maitre d's, and is the publisher of restaurant trade fanzine Galley Slave. Joe started the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards and as such is well respected and connected within the restaurant world.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better 9 Jan 2013
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Where Chef's Eat is a guide to restaurants from around the world that has been recommended by famous and respected chefs. Over 400 chefs are listed at the front with their backgrounds (including their own restaurant) and their recommendations. Each sections is relatively brief.
The guide is then split into different geographical locations with recommendations in each area. If its a city then there is a map of that area as well (not a very useful map to be honest). The recommendations are categorised as follows
Breakfast - self explanatory
Late Night - for late opening and hunger pangs
Regular Neighbourhood - Round the corner from the chef and good for regular eating
Local Favourite - The best in town
Bargain - Food on a budget
High End - Special occasion eating with a high price tag
Wish I'd Opened - The places the chef's wish they had opened
Worth The Travel - This is really worth seeking out and going to (not always in remote places either)

I like this guide as it isn't too heavily centred on any geographic area (for instance I have found a few for my trip to Bali this summer). However, the listings don't give enough information at times (how much is expensive?) and not all listings have a write up (some have a line from the chef and other have nothing at all). There is usually a phone number or website so you can get around that. Also it can be a little difficult to navigate at times. There are indexes for each area and type of food which is useful though.

I am pleased I bought this and its very useful if you travel. Obviously it may become out of date quite quickly which is a concern. But for me its a good reference and I will definitely be checking out a few of the listings either here in the UK or on my travels.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and fun but its difficult to use 8 Jan 2013
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Super quirky.. with recommendations which you may not see in your usual guides.I'm sure i'll be using it,a lot, since you shouldnt be able to get better restaurant recommendations. BUT

Its a great idea .. but handled so badly by the publisher. It has the feel of a piece of work rushed out for a deadline. The problem? Its referencing... Say i'm going to Nantes in France.. and would like to see if there's any restaurants suggested... you cant.. Its index is done by restaurant and then by titles, such as "worth travelling for" by country!!!!! not city... So then you have to go back to the main text and look through the whole of the French section (ex Paris) to see if there's any recommended in Nantes.. And there wasnt... Its also really badly set out.. nothing stands out and its printed on poor quality "blotting paper" ..which if taken outside your house will be in pieces in the first breeze, (mine has already had 2 pages come loose and i've only had it 24hrs!) the total opposite in presentation to the once great Michelin Guides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit random 7 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I read about places I know, agree a bit, disagree a bit more. If it is so for places I don't know, I will not take the recommendations too seriously. On the other hand, it can be an inspiration for reading about your next destination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware not for Foodies! 17 Nov 2013
By ulysses
Format:Hardcover
I made the mistake of buying the book and the iPhone app. as my foodie enthusiasm knows no bounds. The major mistake is that this book recommends some restaurants that are really not worthy of being mentioned in a food guide especially one that purports to follow the advice of professional cooks. i base this on having tried a few restaurants in London, Florence, Zurich and Barcelona. The second flaw is that outside of places like London it is very thin and fails to uncover gems that foodies know about. In Switzerland for instance it is practically useless at knowing where to go. Personally I think recommending a 3 star restaurant that is simply described as expensive is ridiculous in that 'expensive' turns out to be about $400 per head - I fail to see how any chef would afford to go there unless he was some celeb and even then... My copy will be on Amazon Marketplace in a few clicks
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling quality of the content 19 Feb 2013
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I ordered this book despite some bad reviews as I wanted to familiarise myself with the content. The book has very little informative value except for such location as London & UK. The remaining countries are presented poorly; chosen places are by far not the places for true food lovers. I have travelled much and researched this area and can honestly say that the recommendations given in this book are not always for the "hidden" food gems, or not for the gems at all! When given an evaluation for what the restaurant is famous for or recommended for, most of the time the author writes "worth the travel". What kind of information is that? Indexing is very poor too: you can only search for places by page. But If you want to know about the places in a given city, then you need to refer to the index in the beginning of the book where some countries are grouped in chapters... I do not recomend this book to any serious food lovers and travellers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a foodie! 17 May 2013
By missh87
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I purchased this book as a gift for a friend who loves eating out and travelling the world. This book is amazing and I now want it for myself! It is great quality and looks lovely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice... but could be better explaining details 9 April 2014
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Nice guide, could be better explaining details about the restaurants (and lot's of times doesn't do nothing, just the ordinary informations, no description).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It is just that great-looking!
Really like the design and that's why I bought it in a first place. About the content: it’s like the cover says, where chefs like to eat in different places of the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenseri
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to all the best places to eat!
This guide literally covers everything to consider when choosing a place to eat. Great for inspiration and an honest guide!
Published 1 month ago by Julie Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Around the World
This is a really good book - but I wasn't aware is was International!!!

It has about 24 pages for London/UK but as it's about 6/8 recommendations per page I think it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Chefs eat
Again another present which was much appreciated and welcomed by the receipient, who will be travelling the world seeking out the recommendations.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Food Guide
We have had such fun enjoying food from all over the world and in places we would never have thought of going to. Just want to keep it a secret !!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Anthea
1.0 out of 5 stars poor book
not worth the paper it on!! would recommend that this book is given a very wide birth unless you are really bored
Published 12 months ago by S. P. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK
ITS REALLY A GOOD BOOK, ALL THE RESTAURANTS IT RECOMMEND ARE JUST FABULOUS. AND IT REALLY GOT A LOT INFORMATION INSIDE, NOT JUST FEW RESTAURANTS BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD !
Published 12 months ago by JUNJIE CHEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Some tip!
It is a good book with many elegant and expensive restaurants! Personally i thing that the list could have been larger...
Published 13 months ago by Ross
3.0 out of 5 stars No bad
Interesting read. It's a shame there was not more in depth information on the restaurants. Less Restaurants and more words.
Published 13 months ago by G. J. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for food lovers
If you want a present to impress any food loving friend, this is it. If you want a book to find out where chefs eat and why? Get this. You will not regret it.
Published 13 months ago by spikeyd101
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