Going to a three-star Michelin restaurant is a huge treat for most people -- it takes a lot of disposable income to be able to afford a meal at any one of the world's top restaurants. But what if you could go to every single three-starred restaurant in the world (that's 109, by the way)? Well, nothing is stopping you -- besides money, of course. But if you find yourself with $275,000 (£182,000) to spare, the website VeryFirstTo (the people behind the trip that toured every UNESCO World Heritage site) in partnership with Holidaysplease will arrange this jet-setting food extravaganza all for you.
On average, travelers will visit a restaurant every other day for six months in 12 countries. Hotel accommodations and airfare are included in the price, along with all reservations.
Let's break this down. VeryFirstTo averages each meal as £250 (about $380) per person, including "house" wine.
FOOD: $380 x 2 (price is per couple) x 109 restaurants = $82,840
HOTEL: The offer is for business class and top hotels, so let's say $250 per night for six months = $45,000
AIRFARE: There are a dozen countries that have three Michelin stars. Nine of them are in Europe, and the other three are the U.S., Japan and China. Taking this into account, let's roughly estimate airfare costs at $20,000 for two.
Technically if you planned this gastro-tastic romp yourself, you'd probably be spending less. But then you'd also have to snag really hard reservations, book a ton of hotels, and navigate airfare. Is this deal a good one? Well, that all depends how much money and spare time you have. We're going to go eat some $2 tacos now.
This post has been updated to include the partnership with Holidaysplease.
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<strong>2012 rank: #23</strong> Chef Joachim Wissler has been voted the best chef in Germany. The restaurant is located inside a hotel.
9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
<strong>2012 rank: #11</strong> Steirereck, a Relais & Chateau property, serves contemporary Austrian cuisine from local farms.
8. Arzak: San Sebastian, Spain
<strong>2012 rank: #8</strong> Last year, Eleni Arzak was named the best female chef by the World's 50 Best committee. She is the fourth generation of the family to head up the restaurant. <em>Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toolmantim/7886592764/" target="_blank">toolmantim</a></em>
7. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal: London
<strong>2012 rank: #9</strong> Heston Blumenthal may have gotten famous from his food at The Fat Duck (which is ranked at #33), but given that "Dinner" only opened in 2011, his eponymous restaurant seems to be doing just fine.
6. D.O.M.: São Paulo, Brazil
<strong>2012 rank: #4</strong> Chef Alex Atala was included in the <a href="http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/alex-atala/" target="_blank">TIME 100 </a>this year. Need more proof of his influence? Rene Redzepi wrote the blurb for TIME.
5. Eleven Madison Park: New York City
<strong>2012 rank: #10</strong> Eleven Madison Park, now owned by chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara (it was formerly part of Union Square Hospitality Group under Danny Meyer), <a href="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/eleven-madison-park-drops-its-minimalist-grid-menu/" target="_blank">reinvented its menu</a> within the past year. The duo's newest cookbook was <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Love-New-York-Cuisine-Ingredients/dp/1607744406" target="_blank">just released</a>. This is the highest-ranked U.S. restaurant.
4. Mugaritz: Errenteria, Spain
<strong>2012 rank: #3</strong> Mugaritz has been on the "World's Best" radar for some time now. The restaurant suffered a devastating fire in 2010 but was able to reopen. Last year, the restaurant came out with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/06/mugaritz-cookbook_n_1478012.html" target="_blank">beautiful cookbook</a>.
3. Osteria Francescana: Modena, Italy
<strong>2012 rank: #3</strong> Massimo Bottura is known throughout Italy and the world for his skillful adaptation of traditional Emilia-Romagna food.
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1. El Celler de Can Roca: Girona, Spain
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