Menu Innovator Features

Menu Innovator is a menu analysis system that provides unbiased culinary data to innovate new food strategies, setting the stage for widespread sustained success.


The Most Influential Chefs & Restaurants in Today’s Culinary World

How can you compete if you don’t know who you’re competing against? Big data tracks thousands of restaurants. Menu Innovator uses algorithms to target and focus this data to showcase only the chefs and restaurants that are changing the way we eat. Each year, we qualify 100 restaurants (10 restaurants from 10 different cuisines) to be featured in our Top 100 guide. This is an accomplishment in itself – only an estimated 10% of who we review make it into the guide. Gain access to our Top 100 guide and stay current on the latest and greatest in the culinary industry.

  • Algorithm selects only the most impactful chefs
  • Ten restaurants, ten cuisines, equally weighted
  • Cuisines include: New American, French, Eclectic, Latin, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, Seafood, Steakhouse, and Southern

Menu Tracking & Analysis Tool for Profitable Innovation

Our patented database tracks and analyzes every menu item, ingredient, and even preparation method to highlight the most popular and profitable menu items in the culinary world. Our data post sorts through this data for you to show what each dish or ingredient has in common, ensuring a successful combination every time. Let us save you time and energy while delivering unbiased data in an easy-to-read format that enhances your menu and product development.

  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Entrees
  • Sides
  • Soups
  • Desserts
  • Proteins
  • Ingredients
  • Sauces
  • Spices
  • Preparation Methods

“20 in 20:” Culinary & Trade Magazine Highlights

Keeping up with the latest culinary trends is extremely time-consuming – and you don’t have any time to spare. With Menu Innovator’s Media Spotlights, we do the reading for you. Every culinary topic, every cuisine, and every chef delivered once a month to your inbox. A complete summary that covers the flavor of the day, ingredient call-outs, chefs, restaurants, and Culinary Buzz. This information is crosslinked to our menu data to provide a complete picture of the culinary landscape.

  • Twenty hours of reading in twenty minutes
  • Delivered monthly, directly to you
  • Includes annual compilation of the ten macro trends from print

Menu & Product Essentials for Every Style of Cuisine

Innovation in food follows a horizontal path. It’s not revolutionary change, but slow evolutionary improvements. If you’re too early, customers won’t understand; too late and you’re a follower, not a leader. Our Menu Essentials is the only tool kit you’ll need to develop innovative food with mass appeal. All of the data, restaurants, menu items, direction of food, and print media all come together each year to show you which products, which ingredients, and the best market timing.

  • Menu recommendations and executive summary
  • Direction for current and future menu must-haves
  • Specifically timed for maximum success

The Keys to Unlocking
Food Innovation.

We’ve been helping chefs and businesses develop innovative and appealing food for 15 years. We don’t sell advertising, and we don’t collect your personal data. We just provide the most comprehensive menu and food analytics system out there.

$50,000 of menu analytics & insights - yours for just $400/year.