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National Geographic's "World Best Food Markets" - what was the rating method? (split from Ontario board)

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What hasn't been answered yet is, what was NatGeo's methodology? How did SLM rank higher than London's Borough Market or New York's Union Square Greenmarket? They just threw out a top 10 list which may well have been drawn at random for all we know -- the editors came up with a consensus top 10 and then drew by lot. How do you know?

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    1. It's clearly a subjective opinion by a reputable organization. There's no absolutes involved in this. Like any beauty contest, the winner may not be everyone's choice. You can choose to take it seriously or not. I just think this ranking is really neat and I'm happy for the SLM and Toronto. When I travel abroad in the next year, I can say I'm from Toronto, home of the #1 rated food market in the world, as rated by NG no less....and that's a fact.

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      1. re: T Long

        SO true. Also cool is the long list of examples you can share as to why it deserves such recognition.

        When you think about it, everytime a visitor asks CH where to go, there are many here who first recommend SLM!

        I love too how the farmers and workers who keep SLM vibrant earned this recognition. They deserve it!

        1. re: T Long

          Surely there was a methodology and I think it's fair game to ask for it. When Consumer Reports ranks cars and other consumer products you know how they did it. When Zagat Survey, Michelin, etc ranks restaurants you know how they did it. Hell, even Toronto Life gives SOME explanation as to how they award stars in their magazine. We aren't getting that here. And without it, the ranking lacks legitimacy. It's bogus.

          Like the guy who wins a boxing match where the fix was in...

        2. Is there an established methodology for rating food markets?

          5.5, 5.7, 5.2, 5.3 , and a 6 from the Russian judge!

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          1. re: hal2010

            Unless the Russian judge has made a side deal with the French judge...LOL

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