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Posted by Melanie Nayer  April 15, 2013 09:08 AM

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Ever wondered where Chef Daniel Boulud likes to dine in New York? Or what chocolatier Katrina Markoff craves with her desserts? Or, what spices mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim hides in his hidden cocktails?, the online ratings site for Forbes Travel Guide, recently named their top 40 "Tastemakers" to watch in 2013, and the list will have you salivating for more.

What's a Tastemaker, you wonder? These are the people who make travel a little more delicious. They are your favorite chefs, bartenders, pastry perfectionists, sommeliers and all things epicurean. They are also the ones who create the atmosphere and environment that you enjoy - from barstools to lighting and flatware. They are the ones responsible for wishing you were back at your favorite restaurant, bar or hotel.

Who are some of these Tastemakers?
You might not know the name Marcia Kilgore at first pass, but you've probably visited one of her many spas. Kilgore is the found of the luxury spa company Bliss, and just recently launched her newest footwear business, FitFlop.

Tony Chi is the man behind some of the best dressed hotels and restaurants in the world, including Park Hyatt Shanghai, Spago at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colo. and Andaz 5th Avenue in New York.

Chef Daniel Boulud is best known for his restaurants bearing some iteration of his name, but do you know where he likes to dine in New York City when he's not in his own kitchen? invited these luminaries, and hundreds more, to join their community of travel experts, in an effort to help them build out the most dynamic resource for travel information online.

You can read more about the Tastemakers from around the globe on

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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