The Asia's 50 Best Restaurants have been announced with this year's accolades going to Cantonese venue The Chairman and Chef Kwok Keung Tung. The Chairman blends traditional cuisine skills shaped carefully with sourced seasonal ingredients to create new contemporary Cantonese dishes.
In second place was Singapore's Odette, described by The 50 Best as A modern homage to French gastronomy using umami-rich Asian ingredients, led by French chef Julien Royer. Having spent the last two years in top spot, Royer moved down into second while remaining recognised for his food that incorporates the highest quality products from specialist artisans across the world – from Europe to Asia and Australia.
Completing the top 3 is Den, Tokyo, with Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa's fondness of the framework of kaiseki, Japan's hyper-seasonal dining tradition, shining through. The full top 10 is listed below.
1. The Chairman, Hong Kong
2. Odette, Singapore
3. Den, Tokyo
4. Le Du, Bangkok
5. Gaggan Anand, Bangkok
6. Sühring, Bangkok
7. Florilège, Tokyo
8. La Cime, Osaka
9. Narisawa, Tokyo
10. Mingles, Seoul
Other individual accolades were awarded, including the Chefs' Choice Award, One To Watch, Hospitality Award and more. The winners were:
Chefs' Choice Award - Mingoo Kang, of Mingles, Seoul
One To Watch Award - Meta, Singapore
Icon Award - 76-year-old Supinya Junsuta of Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, who has been cooking on hawker stalls now for over 50 years with huge praise
Art of Hospitality Award - Vea, Hong Kong
Asia's Best Female Chef - DeAille Tam of Obscura, Shanghai
Asia's Best Pastry Chef - Angela Lai of Taïrroir, Taipei
See all individual award winners and more here.
Image featured is a dish from The Chairman.