Travel Weekly’s annual roundtable with the top U.S. travel editors included chef Daniel Boulud this year, which shook things up nicely


Chef Daniel Boulud, owner of namesake New York City restaurants Daniel and Cafe Boulud, among multiple top-quality establishments around the world, not only hosted but joined Travel Weekly’s 13th annual discussion on travel trends and bugaboos, with some toe-curling political correctness topicality thrown in. (Our own Bob Guccione, Jr. rather bluntly took a hammer to that…)


Also joining Travel Weekly‘s Editor in Chief and moderator Arnie Weissmann were Amy Virshup of The New York Times travel section, Jacqueline Gifford of Travel + Leisure, Julia Cosgrove of Afar and George Stone of National Geographic Traveler.


The conversation flowed around actually eating Boulud’s extraordinary food (no wonder they invited him), on subjects such as the most interesting new places in the world, the inventiveness of Peruvian cuisine, the troubles of in-flight cooking and the challenges of making great food on a cruise ship, plus the heated exchange on immersing oneself in local cultures, and the global societal significance of meeting Mickey Mouse. Yeah, really.





“I think of travel journalism as a unique and separate form of journalism, different from newspaper journalism. It involves the frailties of memory. It involves the openness of emotion and certain aspects that are very human.”


— George Stone, editor in chief National Geographic Traveler








Steve Hockstein photography Harvard Studio