The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards will make its comeback for the fourth time on Feb. 29 next year in Bangkok, Thailand. The event will follow three successful years in Singapore since its launch in 2013.
A spin-off of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the awards recognize 50 most innovative restaurants across Asia by way of inclusion in the highly-followed list published by William Reed Media Group.
The annual list is a snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 300 restaurant industry experts — food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-regarded foodies — in the continent.
These experts will be placed in panels representing each Asian region, from Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, which will cast their votes.
“Given that this list is based on personal experiences, it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honorable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat across Asia,” a statement by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants organizer explained.
Internationally famous for its spicy dishes such as tom yum kung and green curry, Thailand was chosen to host the awards ceremony next year due to its growing influence in the continent’s culinary scene.
This is evident, among others, by two restaurants claiming the top spot on the list within the past two years. Back in 2014, David Thompson’s Nahm, considered one of the world’s finest Thai restaurant, ranked number one.
More recently, chef Gaggan Anand also landed on the same spot for the 2015 list. In his eponymous restaurant, Anand reinterprets classic Indian dishes with modernity and flair — among his signature dishes is chargrilled Indian cottage cheese sandwich and chutney bubbles.
“Thailand has long been recognized for its rich culinary history and traditional street food culture. In recent years, the country’s vibrant restaurant scene has matured, welcoming world-class establishments serving a variety of international cuisines,” said William Drew, the group editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Drew also added that Thailand is fast establishing itself as one of Asia’s key gastronomic hubs, a view echoed by the country’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.
“[The event] will prominently feature and position Thailand as a multifaceted fine dining destination where visitors are treated to an unimaginable array of cuisine options prepared by renowned chefs and backed by our warm Thai hospitality,” the minister said in a statement.
For more information, visit the event’s official website.