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BEST IN ASIA


have such a diversity of cooking stars and cuisines within the list, from Gaggan’s molecular cuisine to David Thompson’s authentic traditional Thai cuisine. It is extremely important that we reflect the depth and diversity of cuisines across Asia, whatever style they are. We don’t favour one or the other, we just ask them to vote and someone comes out on top.”


The voting process changed for


this year’s list. In the past two years, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list was tallied from global votes from the 900-plus members of The Diner’s Club World 50 Best Restaurants Academy. This year, the results came from 300 voters residing throughout Asia. Drew explains the implications of this change: “A regional vote will better showcase the diverse restaurant scene across Asia, reflecting the tastes and opinions of experts based on the continent itself.” The change in voting has yielded the new entries and representation from more countries. Tony Boy Escalante, chef-owner of the 12-year- old restaurant Antonio’s in the Philippines, said: “I’m elated. I’m very inspired. I think we’re on the way to having more Filipino chefs on the list.”


The diversity Drew speaks of is evident in the spread of countries on the list: China leads with 16 restaurants, Singapore has 10, Japan eight, Thailand five, Korea three, India three, Sri Lanka two, and there are one each from Taiwan, Cambodia and the Philippines. Drew also points out: “This year, 70% of the restaurants on the list are helmed by Asian chefs.” Prior to the awards, an international food summit was held in Singapore, entitled “The New Modern: 2015 and Beyond”. Presentations included Janice Wong’s “Pastry Play”; Yannick Alléno’s take on the future of French cuisine; Peruvian chefs Gastón Acurio, Virgilio Martínez Véliz, Rafael Piqueras and Mitsuharu Tsumura and their fresh cultural identity; Gaggan Anand’s


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Above: This year’s winners line up. Left: Gaggan Anand and his team celebrarte; Below: Vicky Lau takes the plaudits


The top 10 1


Gaggan


Bangkok, Thailand 2


Narisawa Tokyo, Japan


Ultraviolet Shanghai, China


3


Nihonryori Ryugin Tokyo, Japan


4


Restaurant André Singapore


5 Amber 6


Hong Kong, China 7


Nahm


8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana


Bangkok, Thailand 8


Hong Kong, China 9


Waku Ghin Singapore


Jungsik Seoul, Korea


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avant-garde cuisine in Asia; and Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Will Guidara on the birth of a new dining experience. The stellar line- up of foreign chefs also conducted masterclasses alongside Singapore-based chefs. Special awards were also presented to Vicky


Lau, chef-owner of Tate Dining Room & Bar in Hong Kong as the Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef 2015; the Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award to Tetsuya Wakuda, chef- owner of Tetsuya and Waku Ghin, for his innovative culinary career. Anand believes the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is a good thing. It celebrates Asian food and it motivates chefs. For Anand, securing the top spot in Asia is the motivation to tackle his next project, a food laboratory, which opens in six months. As Asian cultures evolve, so do their cuisines.


Anand, born in India but cooking progressive Indian cuisine in the heart of Bangkok, exemplifies this diversity in Asian cuisine. His restaurant taking the top spot sends a signal that Asia is ready to celebrate the depth, complexity and diversity of its cuisine.


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