In her newsletter, Gwyneth Paltrow surveys a host of big names from the restaurant world on their three most impressive dining experiences. Ferran Adria name-drops his brother's tapas bar, while Amanda Hesser simply opts for El Bulli and the French Laundry ("like being at an 18th century ball"). Mario Batali waxes poetic about Pearl Oyster Bar in New York, his sister's place in Seattle, and the time he may or may not have dined with a bum in Thailand: "In the park across the street from the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok ... A man built a fire right there on the street and I had fabulous skewers in the middle of the park." [GOOP]
Best Meals of Their Lives
If you buy something from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.
Share this story
Here Are the 2023 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Finalists
The full list of nominees
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Saffron
The world’s most expensive spice can be an everyday ingredient — if you know how to use it