We' ve already met the man who can claim to be the only person in the world to have dined at every 3-Michelin starred restaurant, next up we meet the next champion global diner tackling the World's 50 Best Restaurant list, with victory in sight.
Paul Grinbergis the marathon dining man that has dined in an incredible 99 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants and extended51-100 list. His target being to eat at each and every restaurant on the 2017 list before the new 2018 list is announced, in a matter of weeks.
Obviously the ambitious Californian spends a lot of time away from home, managing to rack up a world class restaurant every few days in order to meet his tight deadline. He's also clearly a man that doesn't do things by half either. Flying 12 hours for a dinner, taking in 20 Michelin stars in a weekend, and two dinners in one night come naturally to a man who takes his exercise just as seriously.
As to his most memorable experiences? Suprisingly, none of the restaurants feature in the top 10. He tells the team at World's 50 Best that Le Calandre, Italy (no. 29), Paul Pairet's Ultraviolet in Shanghai (no.41) and Alinea in Chicago (no.21) (here are the edible helium balloons which still have smiling) count among his three most memorable restaurants. However, the self confessed "sushi nut" could also quite happily see himself becoming a regular at Mitsuharu Tsumura's Maido in Lima, Peru.
With the countdown on to the release of the 2018 list, he's on a tight deadline to put the final jewel in his crown. Despite recruiting 16 people to try help him in his quest to reserve a table at Sushi Sato, he still doesn't have a booking. Can you help me get into Sushi Saito he pleads on his instagram page?
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