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Over the past year, we've had a lot of time to fantasize about future vacations and reprioritize our travel wish list. While we still have a ways to go before we're freely jet-setting around the globe again, there's no harm in daydreaming about it. If you're the kind of traveler who books dinner reservations before you even look at hotels, we've got just the thing for you. We asked some of the world's best chefs to share their favorite underrated food cities – the kind of places that are brimming with phenomenal restaurants, super-fresh seafood and lively night markets. They delivered tenfold, with a checklist of lesser-known foodie locales around the world, from a seaside state in India to a trio of Italian underdogs. Add these delicious destinations to your travel wish list, then start plotting out your meals accordingly.
Craving more insider insight from the world's best chefs? You're in the right place. Talk to the Chef! is a new weekly food series that will tap into the minds of culinary leaders around the globe. The conversation changes just as often, and we'll chat with chefs about everything from podcasts and kitchen equipment to travel and trends.