The Most Reservation-Worthy Cuisine from Four Continents Selected by the World’s Top Food Critics and Foodie Editors, Including Patricia Wells, Gael Greene, Ruth Reichl and Masuhiro Yamamoto

BRISBANE, CA—August 13, 2013—Mode Media Corporation. (corp.mode.com), a leading vertical social media company with the largest online global reach in lifestyle and the creator of Foodie.com, announced that the print edition of the inaugural Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide (Chronicle Books; $19.99), featuring the most exceptional restaurants from around the globe, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at select retail outlets nationwide such as Rizzoli, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Kitson and more. The guide highlights top dining experiences as selected by top food critics and Foodie editors—including publisher & editor Samir Arora, the Chairman and CEO of Mode Media; former New York Times food writer Patricia Wells; former New York Magazine food critic Gael Greene; former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl; Los Angeles Times’ food critic Jonathan Gold; and Japan’s first food critic, Masuhiro Yamamoto (full critic list below). Unlike anonymously compiled directories or crowd-sourced reviews, Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide is a feast of in-depth restaurant profiles, stunning photography, must-order dishes and critics’ insider tips.

The critics and Foodie editors nominated restaurants that provide an exemplary dining experience, and Foodie editors curated the final list, which includes Paris’ L’Ambroisie, Napa Valley’s The French Laundry, Singapore’s Iggy’s, Kyoto’s Kitcho Arashiyama, Tokyo’s Kyo Aji, and New York City’s Le Bernardin. The full list of global winners is included below and also available to explore at www.foodie.com/foodie100.

Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide represents a new approach to defining the “best” restaurants in the world—one that focuses on food first and foremost—bringing food lovers the most reservation-worthy cuisine from four continents. The décor, service, and drinks program are secondary and only considered as complements to what is on the plate. This format allows for a more diverse and truly outstanding list of the places where true foodies should make a point to dine.

“It just makes sense to determine the best restaurants based on the quality of their food rather than antiquated notions of an outstanding dining experience,” said Patricia Wells. “After all, crystal stemware does not make a restaurant truly exceptional. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide takes a more contemporary stance on restaurant excellence, offering food lovers around the world guidance on where to find the most satisfying meals.”

The Foodie Top 100 Restaurants were nominated by food critics: Patricia Wells (France), Gael Greene (USA), Masuhiro Yamamoto (Japan), Ruth Reichl (USA), Jonathan Gold (USA), Bruno Verjus (France), Alexander Lobrano (France), Charles Campion (United Kingdom), Vir Sanghvi (India), Aun Koh (Singapore/China) Susumu Ohta (Japan), Kundo Koyama (Japan), Mode Media’s Samir Arora (Publisher & Editor), Yuki Yamamura (Japan), with Erika Lenkert (Managing Executive Editor). Foodie’s goal was to select only the most knowledgeable and respected food critics, and create a small, transparent panel of judges. Each critic nominated restaurants from their region, as well as their favorites from other corners of the world. Critics and editors were required to have visited their nominations recently, paid for their meals, and no one could nominate a restaurant they are professionally tied to in any way.

“We are thrilled to release Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide, our first print guidebook and the definitive standard for recognizing the best dining experiences in the world, carefully selected by the world’s most knowledgeable food critics along with our Foodie editors,” said Samir Arora, Mode Media Chairman and CEO.

The Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide guide provides detailed accounts of the most iconic and innovative menus, ambiance, and service and includes bonus lists of the top 100 restaurants in the United States, France, Europe and Asia Pacific. The guide also uses symbols to give serious food lovers insight into each establishment’s offerings, strengths, and specialties. Unique to this guide is recognition of the world’s top ten general managers and maître d’s, as well as the list of the world’s top ten sommeliers. Plus, helpful tips and facts about wine and truffles; a glossary of terms commonly used in Japanese cuisine; an explanation of the farm-to-table relationship; and even a list of newly emerging tastemakers in the restaurant industry including foragers, mixologists and cheese stewards. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide is must-have guide for food lovers everywhere.

Food lovers can visit www.foodie.com/foodie100 to explore all of the award-winning restaurants and join the conversation with foodies worldwide on all things food. With the Top 100 Guides, Mode Media is bringing social discovery of the best- curated content on recipes and restaurants online with Foodie.com, and Foodie apps for iPad and iPhone.

Foodie Top Restaurants Links:

Worldwide: http://www.foodie.com/foodie100

France: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-france

Japan: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-japan

USA: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-usa

Europe, UK and Asia: http://www.foodie.com/collections/foodie-editor/foodie-top-100-europe-uk-asia

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About Mode Media

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 Today, Mode Media is #1 in Lifestyle globally and a Top 10 Media Property—reaching more than 284 million global monthly unique users, as measured by comScore (June ’13). Mode Media is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Munich, London, Paris, Toronto, Mumbai, Pune and Seoul.

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Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide List:

 

FRANCE

PARIS

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

L’Ambroisie

L’Arpège

L’Astrance

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint Germain

Carré des Feuillants

Le Coq Rico

La Dame de Pic

Epicure

Laurent

Pierre Gagnaire

Le Pré Catelan

Restaurant Guy Savoy

Restaurant Jean-François Piège

Rino

Saturne

Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel

La Table d’Aki

Taillevent

yam’Tcha

Ze Kitchen Galerie

 

NORTH

La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-Sous-Montreuil

 

EAST

Flocons de Sel, Megève

 

SOUTH

Auberge du Vieux Puits, Fontjoncouse

Bras, Laguiole

Maison Troisgros, Roanne

Régis et Jacques Marcon, Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid

 

PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE-D’AZUR

Mirazur, Menton

 

Monaco

Le Louis XV

 

JAPAN

TOKYO

Esquisse

Gentoushi Nakada

Ishikawa

Iyuki

Kanda

Kawamura

Kozasa

Kyo Aji

Mikawa Zezankyo

RyuGin

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Sushiso Masa

Sushi Nakamura

Sushi Saito

 

KANAGAWA

Gôra Kadan

 

KYOTO

Gion Sasaki

Hamasaku

Kappo Masuda

Kikunoi Honten

Kinmata

Kitcho Arashiyama

Kodaiji Wakuden

Miyamasou

Mizai

Sakurada

Shuhaku

 

OSAKA

Hajime

Kigawa Asai

 

SOUTH

Kokin Aoyagi, Tokushima

 

UNITED STATES

NEW YORK AREA

Le Bernardin

Blanca, Brooklyn

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

Brushstroke

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn

Daniel

Degustation

Jean-Georges

Kurumazushi

Marea

Masa

Momofuko Ko

Per Se

Soto

 

MIDWEST

Alinea, Chicago

L20, Chicago

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Benu, San Francisco

Chez Panisse, Berkeley

The French Laundry, Yountville

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena

 

EUROPE/UK

UNITED KINGDOM

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London

The Fat Duck, Bray

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford

The Waterside Inn, Bray

 

DENMARK

Noma, Copenhagen

 

GERMANY

Aqua, Wolfsburg

 

AUSTRIA

Steirereck, Vienna

 

ITALY

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, Milan

Le Calandre, Rubano

Osteria Alle Testiere, Venice

Osteria Francescana, Modena

 

SPAIN

Mugaritz, Errenteria

Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

 

ASIA PACIFIC

CHINA

Family Li Imperial Cuisine, Beijing

Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong

Sun Tung Lok, Hong Kong

 

INDIA

Bukhara, New Delhi

Indian Accent, New Delhi

Karavalli, Bangalore

 

SINGAPORE

Iggy’s, Singapore

 

AUSTRALIA

Tetsuya’s, Sydney