The Miele Guide, the restaurant guide for Asia, has named Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul as the sixth best restaurant in all of Asia. This is the highest showing for any restaurant in Korea. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve been a judge since the inception of the guide, but my opinions are just evaluated for the Korea section, not all of Asia.

Quoting the Miele Guide’s press release, “Pride in Asia’s cultures is also a common thread seen in 2013’s Top 20 list – though progressive restaurants prevail, behind their modern façades they are often rooted in centuries-old Asian culinary history.”

That’s certainly true of PG Seoul. Out of Pierre Gagnaire’s extra-France outposts, the Seoul restaurant strives the most to use local Korean ingredients, like in the Jeju menu I tried last year.

Congratulations, Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul. Not only is this a great accomplishment for you. It’s a shining moment for Seoul’s dining scene.

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Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canada, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan.Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide.He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.
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