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I was watching "A Cook's Tour" last night and I was engrossed the whole show. This is what I would like to do after I graduate from J&W. I truly respect Anthony Bourdain, he is going out on the edge of the culinary world sampling various cultures foods and cusuine(sp?). What better way to learn about a people and their culture then to sit at the table with them and eat what they eat. Food is the one thing that everyone in the world has in common and what better way to "break the ice" then to eat with people you dont know. I have also watched Bobby Flay's show, but I don't care for it. When I've watched the show and hes on with another chef, I get the feeling from the way he talks and acts towards them that he is looking down on them and I feel he shows absolutely zero respect.
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To me, everything described above points to "culinary tourism". If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck....

Culinary tourism is an important new travel industry niche. As F&B professionals, we often overlook that many of the people eating in our restaurants may actually be tourists. In fact, did they drive two hours just to eat at that new restaurant? Did they follow a "celebrity chef" on a circuit, like high-schoolers have done with rock bands?

I'd be interested in hearing commentary on the culinary tourism niche.

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