Bangkok is taking over from Singapore the hosting of the prestigious ” Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” award ceremony in 2016.
‘After three years of being hosted in Singapore, It was time to move. With some of Asia Pacific top restaurants located in Bangkok, Thailand appeared as a logical choice. Bangkok is indeed a world class city for gastronomy”, highlighted in his introduction speech William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will then be hosted in 2016 and 2017 in Bangkok, the fourth edition of the annual awards ceremony being already scheduled on 29th February 2016. The region’s most respected chefs and influential restaurateurs, together with leading industry figures and international media, will gather for the announcement of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
As evidence of Thailand’s growing influence on the region’s culinary scene, Bangkok restaurants have claimed the No.1 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the last two years. David Thompson’s Nahm took top honours in 2014 while
Gaggan Anand’s eponymous restaurant secured the No.1 spot in 2015. Along with Gaggan and Nahm, the 2015 list also featured the Bangkok-based restaurants Eat Me (No.25), Bo.lan (No.37) and Issaya Siamese Club (No.39).
For Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, the fact to host the prestigious event is considered as a honour.
“Thai have truly a rich culinary culture and love to share it with visitors. Supporting such an event is consistent with the national agenda to promote Thainess, Thai culture, and, in particular, Thai cuisine to the world. It helps to strengthen the country’s strong brand image and differentiate us from other
countries. But also by having visitors enjoying our Thai food and products, it helps our farmers upcountry to sell their products and help them benefiting from the wealth that tourism brings”, explained the Minister.
“We think that such an event is promoting Thailand as a quality destination”, declared Sugree Sithivanich, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
William Drew highlighted that Thailand has seen in recent years its vibrant restaurant scene maturing. “The Kingdom welcomes
world-class establishments serving a variety of international cuisines. Thailand is consequently fast establishing itself as one of Asia’s key gastronomic hubs, making it the ideal
country to host the 2016 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
Since launching in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has become the most trusted and credible guide to the best places to eat around the region. In 2015, changes to the voting process were introduced to reflect the opinions of over 300 voters
spread throughout Asia and better showcase the diversity of Asia’s culinary scene.
The 300 voting team are each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene and is divided into six voting regions: India & Subcontinent; South-East
Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China & Korea; Japan. The divisions are designed to represent the Asian restaurant scene as fairly as possible at the current time.
The panel is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘foodies’. For the 2016 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner to ensure that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process are respected.