Odette from Singapore has been crowned the Best Restaurant in Asia at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony held at Wynn Palace in Macao today with jubilant chefJulian Royercollecting the award:
"On behalf of my amazing team, thank you everyone for your support. In 2018, we soared to new heights and this fantastic achievement will spur us on for even more amazing things in 2019. It is an honour and a privilege to be able to do what we do, we will not stop pushing for bigger and better."
Following an unbeatable four years at the top, Gaggan in Bangkok remains on the medal podium, in second place, and was also named as the Best Restaurant in Thailand. Third place went to Den in Tokyo.
Elsewhere there was movement on the list with Belon in Hong Kong moving up an incredible 25 positions, also being named the winner of the Highest Climber Award 2019. There were also 10 new additions to the 2019 list, including Highest New Entry, Gaa restaurant in Bangkok (No. 16), a debut entry from Malaysia (Dewakan, No.46) and a new restaurant in the Philippines (Toyo Eatery, No.43).
Japan now has the most restaurants on the list with a record 12 entries followed by Hong Kong with nine restaurants and Thailand with eight.
Several awards were also presented during the ceremony. The Chefs' Choice Award went to a chef with a "sense of fun, positive and committed attitude" Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den in Tokyo.
Japanese chef Seiji Yamamotowas the inaugural winner of the American Express Icon Award: in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry.
Garima Arora, executive chef and founder of Gaa in Bangkok, won the title of elitTM Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019, while JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan, was picked as the 2019 Miele One To Watch. The best pastry chef was presented to Fabrizio Fiorani from Il Ristorante by Luca Fantin.
the full list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2019
1. OdetteSingapore | Best Restaurant in Singapore and Best Restaurant in Asia
2. Gaggan Bangkok (Thailand) | Best Restaurant in Thailand
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