FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc. Assembles World-Class CulinaryTeam

FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc., the owners of polished
upscale casual dining brands BRIO Tuscan GrilleTM and
BRAVO Cucina ItalianaTM, today announced it has
assembled a world-class culinary team dedicated to offering the Italian
Mediterranean Way of Dining. The company will significantly improve the
quality and sustainability of its ingredients; the simplicity
and authenticity of its Italian recipes; the
freshness and amazing taste of its food; and in so doing, also provide
food that is better-for-you and better-for-the-environment. This is
consistent with FoodFirst Global’s mission of providing Good Food for
the PlanetTM.

The company has named John Imbriolo, a dynamic and innovative Italian
Chef and accomplished Restaurant Executive, to lead the culinary team
as Chief Culinary Officer. Imbriolo will work closely with
Owner-Partner, Chairman and CEO, Brad Blum as well as Chief Operations
Officer, Bob Mock, who will also head up Training. Together, this team
will make it their priority to provide high quality Italian
Mediterranean food that is consistent and tastes amazing each time a
guest visits one of the company’s 110 restaurants.

“We are on a mission,” said Brad Blum, owner-partner, Chairman &
CEO of FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc. “FoodFirst is the name of
our new company for a reason. Our entire organization,
including importantly our partners at GP Investments, is aligned and
passionate about having the best food in all of Italian casual dining.
What I truly love is helping people do things they didn’t believe were
possible— and doing it as a team to delight our guests,” Blum emphasized.

“To accomplish this lofty goal, GP and Brad are investing significant
resources into our restaurant business,” said Antonio
Bonchristiano, Vice Chairman of FoodFirst Global Restaurants and CEO of
GP Investments. “As a new private company, we are extremely
excited that our actions suddenly put the company in a strong financial
position with significantly lower debt and an infusion of equity capital
to invest properly in our food, our people and our brands.”

The culinary team at FoodFirst Global Restaurants will include a roster
of seasoned restaurant executives and virtuosos in the kitchen who are
passionate about providing Good Food for the Planet. The team includes:

Blum summarized, “This expanded culinary team is highly-energized to
bring about major positive change to both the BRIO and BRAVO brands for
FoodFirst Global Restaurants. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves
and working hard with this talented group of innovators to provide much
better tasting food as well as a much more enjoyable overall guest

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About FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc.

FoodFirst Global Restaurants, Inc.™ is a collaboration between
restaurateur/owner-partner Brad Blum and GP Investments, Ltd. At
FoodFirst Global Restaurants, we are building a platform to own a
variety of brands and businesses. The mission for each of these brands
and businesses is to provide Good Food for the Planet. We are passionate
about good food, know good food, enjoy good food, and are dedicated to
always improving upon and consistently providing good food. For more
information, visit

About Good Food for the Planet

Good Food for the PlanetTM is a philosophy created by
Brad Blum with five defining pillars for the way restaurant food should
be: 1. Exceptionally GOOD tasting; 2. Remarkably GOOD for you; 3. You
feel GOOD afterwards; 4. A GOOD everyday value; 5. GOOD for the

About BRIO and BRAVO

BRIO Tuscan Grille™ and BRAVO! Cucina Italiana™ have been positioned as
multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the food quality,
service, ambiance and design elements reminiscent of fine dining
restaurants, but at a value typically offered by casual dining
establishments. Fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian
cooking methods are combined with attentive service in an attractive,
open and lively atmosphere. The group strives to be the best Italian
restaurant company in America by focusing on providing its guests with a
consistently excellent dining experience.

About GP Investments, Ltd.

GP Investments, Ltd. is a leading alternative investment firm. Since its
founding in 1993, GP Investments has raised $5 billion from investors
worldwide and has completed investments in more than 50 companies and
has executed over 20 equity capital market transactions. GP Investments
has a consistent and disciplined investment strategy targeting
established companies that have the potential to grow and be more
efficient and profitable by becoming leaders in their industries. Since
2006, GP Investments has been listed on the Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3
S.A. – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão) under the ticker symbol GPIV33 and on the
Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The firm currently has offices in São Paulo,
London, New York, and Bermuda. For more information, visit

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