If you’re a passionate food lover, you’ve probably heard of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the leading guide that ranks restaurants internationally with an awards ceremony and a list each year. You might have noticed in our Instagram bios or in our social media posts that we sometimes mention that we are 50 Best TasteHunters. If you are wondering, “What is a Taste Hunter?” You’re not alone! We get asked this question a lot, so wanted to demystify what it means to be a TasteHunter and answer some of the frequently asked questions. 50 Best has hand-selected “TasteHunters” (a.k.a. digital brand ambassadors) to represent them around the globe. TasteHunters are food bloggers (with an emphasis on fine dining), who are passionate about food, travel, chefs, and industry issues such as food waste, sustainability, diversity, and equality. Since we are based in Copenhagen, we are TasteHunters for the Nordic region (Scandinavia, specifically!), but we also try to visit as many restaurants and bars on The World’s 50 Best lists as possible during our travels. This means we’ve visited lots of the world’s best restaurants while traveling in London, Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong, Macau, New York City, Mexico City, and beyond. We’ve made it a goal to visit as many of these bucket list restaurants as possible, from Noma to Eleven Madison Park to Osteria Francescana to El Celler de Can Roca.
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What is a TasteHunter?
A TasteHunter is a food and travel aficionado, social media influencer, and digital brand ambassador for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, hand-picked by the organization. We promote our best restaurant experiences around the world on our social media accounts and spread the word about exciting industry news and events. We also do take-overs on The World’s 50 Best Instagram and Facebook channels. We attend and cover the events hosted by 50 Best annually, including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, and 50 Best Talks, and we post about them on our social media channels.
Do You Vote on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?
NO! Because we are TasteHunters, we can not vote on the list. The voters are anonymous, they are 50% male and 50% female, and at least 25% of the voters are rotated every year in order to keep the list fresh. There are 1,000 industry experts who vote on The World’s 50 Best list every year – they are chefs and restaurateurs, food writers, and well-traveled gourmets. For more information on how the voting works, click here.
Are You Paid by The World’s 50 Best?
NO! This is an unpaid position. We are also never paid by any restaurants in exchange for promotion on our channels (this is not just in regards to 50 Best, this is a general policy for us). If you are curious about how we make a living as bloggers, check out this blog post.
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Does The World’s 50 Best Cover Your Restaurant and Travel Expenses?
No! The World’s 50 Best does not pay for any restaurant meals or travel expenses. All flights, hotels, and meals are always covered by us. We also have a policy of never asking a restaurant for a free meal, and 50 Best expects this of all the other TasteHunters as well.
How Can I Become a TasteHunter?
If you are a food blogger who loves food and travel, you could definitely be a TasteHunter one day! Take pictures of your restaurant visits, share them on social media, and tag @theworlds50best account frequently and you’re off to a good start. (Note: only one TasteHunter is allowed per region, so it definitely helps to be based in a location where there aren’t any TasteHunters! For example, there haven’t been any TasteHunters in South America or Africa yet…)
Who Are the Current TasteHunters?
The World’s 50 Best evaluates the group of TasteHunters every year. Here is the current list of TasteHunters, give them a follow!
- Amelie Vincent @thefoodalist based in Brussels, Belgium
- Anders Husa @andershusa and Kaitlin Orr @carnivorr based in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Cheryl Tiu @chertiu based in Manila, Philippines and Miami, USA
- Doris Sun @cocktailfiles based in Vancouver, Canada
- I-Hua Lim @msihua and Aaron Tan @zeboy based in Melbourne, Australia
- Kat Odell @kat_odell based in Chicago, USA
- Matthew Bradley @sophisticatedfoodie based in Singapore
- Ruxandra and Gabriel Gavrilescu @amusebouche_ro based in Bucharest, Romania
- Sihan Lee @thedrinkseeker based in Loire Valley, France
- Theresa Aves and Michael Chorr @theneverfull based in Toronto, Canada
What’s your favorite restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list? Let us know in a comment below!