Gaggan Holds on to the Top Spot at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards


An Awards Ceremony to recognize the Best Restaurants in Asia


Bangkok’s W Hotel was the place to be for chefs, restaurateurs and the media on the evening of February 21st, as S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna sponsored the 50 Best Restaurants in Asia Awards Ceremony for 2017.

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The W Hotel hosted the event.

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All of the evening’s winners posed for the media.

Chefs and restaurateurs came from all over Asia gathered to see who would walk away with the coveted number one restaurant in Asia award. As it turned out, Bangkok’s own Gaggan continued to reign supreme. This makes the third year in a row that the restaurant, which serves progressive Indian cuisine, has outshone every other restaurant on the Asian continent.

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Gaggan was the winner of the top award for the 3rd year in a row.

Thailand also shared the top ranking along with China, Japan and Singapore, in having the largest amount of restaurants in the top 50 with 9 entries in the rankings.

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Individual Efforts Also Recognized

The awards ceremony also recognized those individuals within the restaurant industry who have made noteworthy contributions to the Asian culinary scene by awarding chefs in eight categories for their outstanding work. Three of the categories were especially important to all chefs around the Asian region.

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May Chow accepts the award for the Best Female chef in Asia for her work at the Little Bao restaurants.

Asia’s Best Female Chef was awarded to May Chow who has consistently shown her mastery of the art of cooking at the ‘Little Bao’ restaurants located in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

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The Chef’s Choice award went to Dave Pynt from Singapore’s Burnt Ends Restaurant.

The Chef’s Choice award is also prized by chefs as it is awarded by a jury of their peers. This year the award went to Dave Pynt from the ‘Burnt Ends’ restaurant in Singapore.

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The Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award went to the incomparable Chef Umberto Bombana.

The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award is another award that recognizes outstanding chefs who have made the mastery of cooking their life’s work. The prestigious award was bestowed upon Chef Umberto Bombana who continues to delight patrons of his 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombano and Opera Bombano restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Beijing.

Celebrating the Diversity of Asian Cuisine

Asia has long been recognized for the color, spice and diversity of its culinary traditions. This awards ceremony was a celebration of these ongoing traditions and a well-deserved recognition of those chefs and restaurateurs who continue to re-define and push the boundaries of the culinary arts.

Chefs and restaurateurs from all over the Asian continent gathered to celebrate.

Every restaurant listed in the top fifty deserves to have pride in their recognition; achieving the top fifty ranking means that they’ve become recognized out of tens of thousands of restaurants from Sri Lanka to Japan. They’ve all joined the “best of the best” and proven that they deserve the recognition that they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

There was plenty of great food and fine wine to help the celebration. (From left to right) Kirby Repolido, Creative Director of the iTravel Channel and Gwen Cheong, Senior PR Manager, Treasury Wine Estates.
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