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Leading US food blog votes Budapest among world’s most unsung gastro destinations

A panel of 250 chefs and experts has just named Budapest among the world’s top ten undiscovered culinary hubs. Gastro blog Chef’s Pencil placed the Hungarian capital second behind Cape Town, also offering the proviso that cities such as Paris and Rome are already a given in terms of their gastronomic excellence.

Based in New York, Chef’s Pencil was established a decade ago by Paul Hegeman, who has headed up some of the world’s top kitchens, to share culinary ideas and recipes.

Pooling the collective knowledge of 250 fellow experts around the globe, Chef’s Pencil has just created its top list of cities whose gastronomic prowess is relatively underrated elsewhere.

Of the ten, they considered Budapest the world’s second-most significant, just after Cape Town but ahead of the likes of San Sebastián, Naples, Chicago and Hong Kong.

The article goes on to outline the history of Hungarian gastronomy and suggest a number of famous local dishes that can be sampled here, such as goulash and fish soup.

At the same time, they point out that Budapest's gastronomy has long been more than just about goulash and peppers, citing our Michelin-starred, fine-dining destinations Babel and Costes. They also highlight Salt, and its pioneering concept of cuisine by foraging.


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