Visibly shocked and with tears in his eyes, the Indian chef, known for his creative, modern take on Indian flavours, was welcomed on stage to massive applause. It’s the second year in a row he's won the award of Best Restaurant in Asia and Best Restaurant in Thailand. Asked to deliver a speech the chef struggled to get his words out, commenting about other gurus he has looked up to as a young chef, many of them who he has joined on the list, he mustered just a few words: “Winning at home is the sweetest”.
In second position was Narisawa in Tokyo retaining the same spot from 2015 and Restaurant André in Singapore was in third.
Other notable mentions:
The Lifetime Achievement award went to David Thompson from the Nahm restaurant in Bangkok which placed 8th on the 2016 list.
The Chef’s Choice Award went to Paul Pairet while the best Pastry Chef award went to Cheryl Koh.
In total there were 13 countries represented on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 with 10 new entries in total. Indonesia was featured on the list for the first time with Locavore at number 49.