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Published on : Friday, April 1, 2016
The fourth annual awards to celebrate Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has placed progressive Indian Restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok in the top spot for the second consecutive year while recognising three other Bangkok dining establishments in the top 25. After debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 at No. 17, Gaggan rose to No. 10 last year on the global list and No. 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants putting a feather each in Thailand’s cap and India’s.
Other winners that did Thailand proud include Nahm at No. 8, Issaya Siamese Club, rising 20 places to No. 19, and Eat Me at No. 23. In addition, David Thompson, the celebrated chef of Nahm in Bangkok and Long Chim in Singapore, has been named the 2016 recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is voted by members of The Diners Club® Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 300 leaders in the restaurant and culinary industries throughout Asia.
Held on 29 February, 2016, at the W Bangkok Hotel before an audience of Asia’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs and industry VIPs, the awards ceremony was testament to Bangkok’s popularity as the capital of culinary excellence.
The significance role the awards play in celebrating the best of the best in the Asian restaurant scene was also recognised by the host country Thailand through the presence of high-ranking officials including the Deputy Prime Minister H.E. General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, as well as TAT’s executives.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event H.E. Kobkarn said, “We are very pleased that the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant awards ceremony is hosted in Bangkok, which certainly helps enhance the city’s popularity as a diverse gastronomic destination in Asia.”