By Freya Ensbey.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016, sponsored by S.Pellegrino
& Acqua Panna.
The New Year will bring a fresh crop of talents from within Asia’s
culinary scene, coming together for the inaugural awards night and announcement
of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2017.
Supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, this year’s
prestigious ceremony will be hosted in the city of Bangkok to unveil the 2017
list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, attracting the region’s most renowned Chefs,
industry VIPs and international media.
Since launching in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has
become arguably the most trusted and credible guide to the best places to dine
around the region. Last year’s 2016 list welcomed 10 new entries and showcased
successors from across 13 Asian countries.
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants,
says that following the success of the 2016 event, they are thrilled to return
to Thailand for the fifth edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
"Given the country’s rich culinary history, unique Thai
hospitality and vibrant restaurant scene, Thailand is rightly regarded as one
of the most celebrated food capitals of the world and an ideal host country for
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, " said Drew.
Thailand’s prominence in Asia’s culinary scene continues to grow.
For the last three years, Bangkok restaurants have claimed the number 1 placing
on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Our very own David Thompson’s Nahm took
top honours in 2014, while Gaggan Anand’s restaurant, Gaggan secured the top
placing in 2015 and again last year. Along with Gaggan and Nahm, the 2016 list
also featured the Bangkok-based restaurants Eat Me, ranking 23rd, and
Issaya Siamese Club in 19th place.
H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports
of Thailand, believes that when visitors enjoy a quality dining experience in
Thailand, it means they have enjoyed a meal from the best quality Thai farm products,
in a creative ambiance, with exemplary service.
"We want the world to experience and enjoy the flavours of
the Thai nation, and for international Chefs to either come to Thailand or
remain in their home kitchens to whip up amazing dishes with fresh and tasty
Thai ingredients,” said Wattanavrangkul.
William Reed Business Media has seen the success of several
top lists in their stable, also publishing the prestigious World’s 50 Best
Restaurants launched in 2002 and the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants first
released in 2013, creating a fierce following and now giving inspiration for
Asian restaurants to strive for.
The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best
Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant
industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s
restaurant scene. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and
critics, Chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded gastronomes. Members list
their top 7 choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant
experiences of the previous 18 months.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is scheduled to be announced in
Bangkok on the 21st of February 2017 with an invitation only
attendance to the event, keep up to date with the results by visiting http://www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/.