What are Joe Bastianich’s favorite cities to visit?
Lately, I’ve been loving Hong Kong because we’re opening restaurants there, and I’ve been spending a lot of time there. I love the Chinese and the culture; it’s an amazing place. I spent two weeks in Hong Kong, and I was just blown away. You just realize the magnitude and history of the Chinese food culture. It’s really kind of mind-blowing. It’s pretty cliché, but I’ve always loved Paris. I went to Hawaii for the first time last year, which was kind of mind-blowing. On the Big Island, I went to Kona. Kona has the best of everything. You feel like you’re on another planet with all of the Polynesian culture; meanwhile you’re right there in the good old United States of America. As far as nature goes, it’s a very mystical place. It’s very powerful.