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Phaidon and OpenTable Bring Access to World’s Best Chefs

Partnership includes two key initiatives: online access to chef-tabbed restaurants and singular dining experiences in four cities

October 2, 2019

Phaidon, leading publisher of the creative arts, is partnering with OpenTable, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations, to bring two books to life: Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants and the forthcoming Signature Dishes That Matter. The multi-faceted partnership includes a digital experience and an in-restaurant dinner series.

Where Chefs Eat Online Experience

Who better to recommend a restaurant than a chef? Inspired by Phaidon’s bestselling guide, Where Chefs Eat , diners will now be able to reserve tables and dine at restaurants selected by the world’s best chefs on 4 continents, across 8 countries and 26 cities only on OpenTable. Where Chefs Eat is the true insider’s guide to the best places to eat around the world, from breakfast spots to high-end restaurants. The 352 restaurant guide includes favorites from Tokyo to Los Angeles, Mexico City to Berlin, and New York to Hong Kong, and is now fully accessible on OpenTable.

The Signature Dishes Dinner Series

On October 23 Phaidon will publish Signature Dishes That Matter, a global celebration of restaurant dishes that have defined the course of culinary history, told through iconic dishes from the past 300 years. The landmark cookbook features over 240 dishes and nearly 200 recipes, making it a fascinating cultural history of dining out. Short texts provide the origin stories on dishes like Peach Melba, Pizza Margherita, Caesar Salad, and Black Cod with Miso.

Phaidon and OpenTable are partnering with restaurants across the United States to offer diners an opportunity to taste signature dishes prepared by the leading chefs in the country. The four-city dinner series will take place this fall in tandem with the publication of Signature Dishes That Matter. Each dinner will feature a menu inspired by Signature Dishes That Matter; diners will leave the restaurant with a copy of the book. Tickets are priced between $115–$175.

Participating restaurants include:

Monday, October 21

DB Bistro, New York, NY

Chef Daniel Boulud will prepare a three-course dinner at his contemporary French restaurant.

$175 including a beverage selection

Monday, October 28

Boka, Chicago, IL

Chef’s Lee Wolen and Nina Compton will prepare a five-course dinner at the seasonal American restaurant.

$160 plus $45 optional beverage pairing

Tuesday, November 5

Compére Lapin, New Orleans, LA

Chef Nina Compton will prepare a four-course dinner at her Caribbean and New Orleans inspired eatery.


Wednesday, November 13

Zuni Café, San Francisco, CA

Chef Gilbert Pilgram will prepare a three-course dinner at this California inspired restaurant.

$115 beverages not included