Gourmands in search of the world’s most extraordinary offerings have their own version of a bucket list, crossing off highly praised restaurants—many of which have to be booked months in advance—as they traverse the world. One of the biggest influences in creating such a tally is the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurantsguide. Since its inception in 2002, the rankings have pointed people to fine dining establishments around the globe, leading them to chefs who are, according to the organization, the most exciting minds in gastronomy.
This year’s iteration was announced today in Bilbao, a city located in Spain’s Basque Country. The region is a mecca for tasting menus, but is equally adored for its pintxos, bite-size snacks that are ordered at a bar and far more accessible than their white tablecloth counterparts. In the spirit of celebrating such culinary destinations, and to get the skinny on where to nosh on delectable food, we’ve asked the newly inaugurated best chefs of the world to share their favorite cities for food.