It’s no surprise celebrity chef Eric Ripert loves seasonal veggies and fruit, but find out which sweet this Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker craves.
Four new restaurants were crowned Five-Star award winners when Forbes Travel Guide announced its 54th annual ratings list today. Hats off to the deserving eateries that blew away the Forbes Travel Guide Inspectors:
The meticulous inspectors scrutinized every detail of the restaurants’ service, décor and, of course, cuisine before awarding them with the illustrious Five Stars. Now, along with just 21 other restaurants in the world, these fine dining spots can proudly boast their new Five-Star title. Our compliments to the chefs.
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It’s a big day for some of our top spa spots. As Forbes Travel Guide releases its 54th annual listing of award-winning properties, we want to give a shoutout to the newest spas joining the Five-Star ranks:
–The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
–OH! Spa, Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
–The Greenbrier Spa in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
–The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Vail in Vail, Colorado
–Kohler Waters Spa, The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin
–The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah
–The Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong in Hong Kong
–The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau in Macau
–The Spa at Mandarin Oriental in Singapore
These Five-Star newbies share the coveted prize with 21 other spas around the world — they were inspector evaluated, passed the test and got extra credit. From Wisconsin to Singapore, we’re looking forward to calming life’s chaos at these newly minted top spas.
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When it comes to chef Alex Stratta’s career, family clearly matters. He’s the fifth generation involved in the culinary industry and found his calling at an early age when he traveled the world with his hotelier father. Stratta has mastered Italian cooking and has the awards to prove it. And though you might think you know the Las Vegas chef from his days as the “Italian Scallion” on Iron Chef USA, get an insightful new view of him from watching Forbes Travel Guide’s Tastemaker video interview. Discover his many tastes and influences — both for cuisine and for life.
If Charlie Trotter is known for one thing and one thing only it is this: He cares deeply for food. It is this passion that propelled the Chicago chef to the forefront of fine dining in America — he’s been on the celebrity chef map longer than almost all of his peers (even those years older). We had the chance to talk with Trotter about his inspirations, his life and, of course, his first-rate food. Watch this video to hear the pioneering, James Beard Award-winning chef dish on what keeps the Tastemaker at the top of his game.
In some corners, José Andrés is known as Spain’s unofficial ambassador to the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. He ushered in the Spanish food boom and made tapas practically required eating in America. The cookbook author, restaurateur and acclaimed chef (he’s snagged multiple James Beard Awards) sat down with us to dish on what inspires him to keep moving, keep creating and keep contributing (he recently started the non-profit World Central Kitchen to feed those in crisis around the globe). View our video to hear what Andrés has to say about life in the kitchen and beyond.