The 2018 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards take place on March 27th
After three years in Singapore, and two years in Bangkok, the region’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs are set to swap their chef whites for their best suits and travel to Macau for the 2018 edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. All will be revealed on the 27th of March, and no doubt some surprises are in store for this year’s gathering of global gourmands.
The 2018 awards presentation will take place at Macau’s Wynn Palace Cotai, as Wynn is the official venue partner. Macau boasts its own eclectic food scene, with an array of cultural and culinary influences—from Chinese to Portuguese to Macanese—making it an ideal destination choice for this year’s gala event. In fact, Macau is home to two of the restaurants ranked in the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Jade Dragon at No.32; and The Tasting Room at No.39.
The list itself 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 the past five years, Thailand has been well represented in the list, and with Bangkok’s own Gaggan restaurant clinching the No.1 spot three years in a row (2015-2017), this city has truly become a fine dining, foodie mecca. Last year there were nine Bangkok-based eateries in the top 50, including: Nahm (No.5); Sühring (No.13); Bo.lan (No.19); Issaya Siamese Club (No.21); Eat Me (No.31); The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn (No.36); Le Du (No.37), and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Bangkok’s branch of the French chef’s worldwide chain (No.40).
This year all eyes will be on Macau to see if superstar chef Gaggan Anand can continue his winning streak and claim an unprecedented four years in a row in the top spot. It will also be interesting to see who stays on the list, who will join the list for the first time, and who will be named in the additional awards categories such as the ‘Chefs’ Choice Award’, and the ‘Highest Climber Award’. One special category winner who has already been announced is the recipient of the 2018 Asia’s Best Female Chef award. The award is sponsored by Elit Vodka, and on February 6th it was revealed that Chef Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun from Paste restaurant—right here in Bangkok—is to be crowned this year’s winner.
The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 programme will also include a brand new edition of #50BestTalks to be held on Monday, March 26th. This informative panel discussion will bring together the most influential chefs from the region to discuss current food topics and emerging trends.
By Bruce Scott