New food guide ranks top 100 restaurants in the world

NEW YORK, April 5 — A new restaurant guide compiled by food critics from around the world is set to publish this summer and do what other lists have tried to do before: whittle down all the eateries on the planet into a tidy list of the top 100.

The “Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide” guidebook, published by Glam Media, is the latest listicle that singles out the best restaurants in the US, Europe and Asia, based on innovative menus, ambiance and service.

It’s a list that begs comparison with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking which, in little more than a decade, has become an influential and powerful guide that has launched the careers of many a chef and created months-long waiting lists for top-rated eateries.

Positioned as an antithesis to anonymously written critiques such as the Michelin series and crowd-sourced reviews such as Zagat, the Foodie guide is forthright and transparent about the people who’ve made these lofty decisions.

Contributors include former "New York Times" food critic Patricia Wells for France, former "New York Magazine" food critic Gael Greene for the US, and Japan’s first food critic Masuhiro Yamamoto.

Write-ups include colour photographs and insider tips on what to order, the best seat in the house, and when to go.

The 2013 edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, meanwhile, is set to take place April 29 in London, where all eyes will be on Copenhagen restaurant Noma as it tries to pull off its fourth consecutive win in the top spot.

The awards are organised by UK-based trade publication “Restaurant” magazine. The final list is the result of input from 900 food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and what the groups calls other “highly regarded foodies,” who represent 26 regions around the world.

The “Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide” will retail for US$19.95 (RM60) at major retail outlets across the US. — AFP/Relaxnews 


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