Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards returns to Thailand in 2017
Following the successful move to Thailand in 2016, the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony returns to Bangkok in 2017. Now celebrating its fifth year, the prestigious event, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will take place on Tuesday, February 21st.
Hosted with the support of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the annual event gathers the region’s most renowned chefs, industry VIPs, and international media.
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. The 2016 list welcomed 10 new entries, and showcased the best dining experiences in 13 Asian countries, more than ever before.
The 2017 programme will also include the #50BestTalks event on February 20th, a combination of local food discovery and interactive chef demonstrations that explores regional food trends and local Thai cooking techniques. This one-day curated forum will feature some of Asia’s most influential culinary leaders, including chefs from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
“After the success of the 2016 event, we’re thrilled to return to Thailand,” remarked William Drew, Group Editor 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.”
As Thailand’s prominence in Asia’s culinary scene continues to grow, so too do the number of Thailand restaurants appearing in the winner’s circle. For the last three years, Bangkok restaurants have claimed the No.1 spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. David Thompson’s Nahm took top honours in 2014, while Gaggan Anand’s eponymously named restaurant Gaggan secured the No.1 spot in 2015 and again last year. Along with these two veteran contenders, the 2016 list also featured the Bangkok-based restaurants Eat Me (No.23), and Issaya Siamese Club (No.19).
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 choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules. For instance: all votes are strictly confidential before the list announcement; panelists are required to vote for seven restaurants, at least three of which must be outside their own country; voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate within the previous 18 months; voters are not permitted to vote for restaurants they own or have a financial interest in; and the nominations must be made for the restaurant, not for the restaurateur or the chef.
For the 2017 edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is once again working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. The adjudication by Deloitte ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are protected.
The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is owned and published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. The company is entirely responsible for the organization of the awards, the voting system and the list.
Meanwhile the main sponsors continue to be S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world, while other sponsors include: Diners Club International (sponsor of ‘The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award); Asia Miele (sponsor of the ‘One To Watch Award’); and the W Hotel Bangkok, the official hotel and venue partner.
To follow this year’s results live as they unfold, stay connected with one of these four social media channels:
Twitter: @TheWorlds50Best #Asias50Best
YouTube: Worlds50Best channel