The kind you hire to be shown around. There seem to be many of these “food guides” around, especially in Asia. It can be local food bloggers or a food tour business.
Have you ever hired one? Food programmes’ researchers often hire these guides, you must have noticed it surely. I have not hired one but would not rule it out either. The main reason being I enjoy researching things myself and exploring at my own pace alone (food tours are sometimes done in a group setting).
A few years back I saw Dunlop’s food tour’s details and price and thought about my trips to China. There’s no way I would pay 5k* for such a tour but the Americans seemed to love the experience. (*if I remember correctly that was the price)
Tour/guide or not?
(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
I’ve done a couple of food tours and enjoyed both. One was standard tour round Miami’s Little Havana. The other was a Cape Malay one in Cape Town that included a visit to someone’s house where we made roti and chutney.
Like you, I probably wouldnt hire one. But maybe I would. We’re thinking of a trip to India in the next couple of years. It’ll be an escorted tour that, obviously wouldnt focus on the food. But if we got a day off touring and I could find someone who take me round, say, the best street food places, that’s be great.
I’ve never taken one from a paid professional. I have designed and led them a few times in NYC, and have an old friend from college I haven’t seen in awhile who does that as part of his current career, specializing in Queens, NYC.
I have eaten with and done a food crawl with Fuchsia Dunlop in Flushing NYC many years ago, and I bet her tours in China are fantastic, albeit expensive.
I have heavily researched and put together food based itineraries for trips all over the world for myself, and really enjoyed them. I’m currently researching two trips to seek parts of my culinary and cultural heritage. Hungary (Austria-Hungary and Magyar), and the Buccino in Campania, Salerno, Italy.
SCK, not really. It’s a “worthless” country. Only 1 guide book has done it but lumped the country together with its equally worthless neighbours or the entire region. There have only been about 2 updates of the book since 2004. I might get the book if I want to return in the future.
JMF, with your extensive knowledge of foods and wines you could always work as a guide as a side job, no?
Would you mind posting a (detailed) “trip report” of sorts when you return? I’m very interested in Hungary and Austria.
Have you seen this fantastic book? You probably have.
I saw that book somewhere in the past year or so, part of a series. Any good? I heard some countries/countries were covered well, and other not so much.
I don’t know when I’ll be heading on my next trip.
I could probably work as a guide if someone offered me the job. It would be fun. Back around 15 years ago I was the psychologist on a cruise chip based education abroad program with a university, and besides my counseling, I taught global cuisine and culture seminars. Basically what to expect in food and culture for each port as we approached. The ship went around the world each semester with stops for 3-7 days in around apx. 14 ports. I led several food/culture related trips I designed. A lot of work.