Meet the 2024 Global Tastemakers Judging Panel

Meet the judges who helped select the best bars, restaurants, cruises, hotels, airlines, and more in Food & Wine's 2024 Global Tastemaker Awards.

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We collaborated with more than 180 food and travel journalists across the globe and received votes for their favorite culinary destinations, including restaurants and bars, cities, hotels, airports, airlines, and cruises. We then entrusted those results to an expert panel of judges to rank each category’s winners. In many categories, we’ve included a Plus One, hand-selected by our experts, to shout out more culinary destinations we don’t want our readers to miss. See all the winners at

Panel of judges

Meet our international panel of food- and drink-obsessed travelers.

Brandon Berkson: The author and travel journalist with a long background in the hospitality industry is the CEO of Hotels Above Par.

Anya von Bremzen: Cookbook author and James Beard Award–winning food and travel writer who spends her time between Istanbul and NYC.

Katie Chang: Food and travel writer contributing to Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, Vogue, and more.

Dan Q. Dao: Saigon-based culture and travel writer contributing to Food & Wine, The New York Times, and Texas Monthly.

Kate Dingwall: A working wine professional and writer contributing to Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Alexis Doctolero: The former vice president at has worked in the spirits and hospitality industry for over a decade.

Nicholas Gill: Food writer and cookbook author who co-wrote The Latin American Cookbook with Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez.

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon: Caribbean travel expert, TV host, and contributor to brands such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Canada’s Globe and Mail.

Laura Itzkowitz: Travel and food journalist based in Rome contributing to Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Brad Japhe: Spirits expert and travel writer contributing to Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, The L.A. Times, and Bloomberg.

Jeff Jenkins: Award-winning travel journalist, National Geographic host, founder of Chubby Diaries, and cofounder of the Black Travel Alliance.

Sarah Khan: Award-winning freelance travel writer who has reported from seven continents for Food & Wine, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Jen Murphy: Based in Colorado and Hawaii, Murphy is a travel writer, academic, and editor contributing to Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and Travel + Leisure.

David Prior: Longtime travel writer and cofounder and CEO of Prior, an experiential travel company.

Corina Quinn: The travel editor and writer was the former digital travel editor of Travel + Leisure.

Janice Wald Henderson: Cookbook author and award-winning cruise and travel journalist contributing to Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, MSN, and Yahoo.

Tyler Zielinski: London-based cocktail and spirits writer and bar and brand consultant contributing to Food & Wine,, Fast Company, and Bloomberg

F&W editors

Hunter Lewis, editor in chief; Federico De Cesare Viola, editor in chief, Food & Wine Italia; Melanie Hansche, deputy editor; Sean Flynn, senior editorial director; Ashley Day, associate editorial director; Stacey Leasca, senior travel and news editor and writer; Kat Kinsman, executive features editor; Dylan Garret, associate editorial director, drinks; Oset Babür-Winter, senior drinks editor.

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