Gastronomy in Thailand
Running to the stars
By Catherine Vanesse
21 April, 2017
After Hong Kong-Macao, Japan, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore, Bangkok should soon have its Michelin guide, devoted to the best culinary addresses of the capital.
During a press conference held at Phaya Thai Palace on 21st April, Michelin and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have officially announced their partnership for the release of Bangkok selection of The MICHELIN Guide for the next five years.
The selection of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok 2018 will be unveiled in the second half of 2017 in a bilingual edition (Thai and English). “Bangkok stands out as one of the culinary capitals of the world, with amazing cuisines from various types of dining establishments –be it fine-dining restaurants, trendy eateries, and street food hawkers. Our MICHELIN inspectors are already visiting some places for the 2019 edition of the guide” explains Lionel Dantiacq, President and Managing Director –East Asia and Australia, of the Michelin Group.
Initially, the red guide should focus only on Bangkok, later, the guide could eventually cover the whole cuisine of the country, from Chiang Mai to Isan through the islands.
The Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul adds, “it is a great honor for Thailand, we really believe that Thailand has a real culinary culture that the guide can put forward and help make the country a destination of quality.”
With the recent announcement by the BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) to remove street food from certain neighborhoods, journalists have not hesitated to ask the relevance of the presence of this street food in a guide if this one could disappear. The Minister of Tourism and Sports has explained: “Street food is an integral part of Thailand, it will not disappear, it will always be present, but stricter rules, about hygiene, will be applied”.
Since its launch in France in 1900 by the eponymous French tire company, the prestigious red-covered guide has been a restaurant bible for foodies who seek exceptional dining experiences. A Bangkok Michelin guide should, in parallel to the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, bring the kingdom among the great gastronomic destinations. In any case, from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to Savelberg, via Nahm or Gaggan, the pretenders to the precious stars are numerous here!