Umberto Bombana, the Italian chef behind the highly acclaimed 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana restaurant in Hong Kong is the winner of the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, it has been announced.
The chef will receive the award at the ceremony in Bangkok on 21 February, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, and live-streamed on Fine Dining Lovers.
Bombana, originally from Bergamo in Northern Italy, spent nearly a decade cooking in Los Angeles before making the move to Hong Kong in 1993. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana was the first Italian restaurant outside of Italy to gain three Michelin stars. Watch Bombana discussing the award and his love of truffle in the video below.
Two other awards have already been announced: May Chow has been named as Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017, while the Toc Toc restaurant in Seoul, headed by chef Kim Dae-Chun, is Asia’s One to Watch.
Don’t forget to live-stream all the action from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants from 8pm local time (1pm GMT) on 21 February 2017.