Surprises should always come in twos. Like being voted No17 on the Restaurant magazine’s annual list of top 50 restaurants in the world recently announced at the historic Guildhall in London on April 28, 2014. And also being given an award for the Highest New Entry. Shooting up from No. 66 last year to No 17 this year, Gaggan, the Bangkok chef-driven restaurant inspired by
Indian flavours, joined the ranks of Osteria Francescana, The Ledbury, and Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, all highest new entries through the years.
Asked what he felt about his placement in the world rankings, Chef Gaggan Anand said, “Let’s all sing because I’m happy the Pharrell William’s way. But it is also very important for us to be humble, focused and not be carried away by this success.” Earlier this year in Singapore, Gaggan moved to the No 3 spot on the annual list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, moving up an impressive seven places from last year’s No.
10 ranking, “We at Gaggan would like to dedicate this award to everyone who encouraged us along the way, supported us and thought we deserved it. I’d also like to thank Team Gaggan, whose teamwork and devotion made this all possible,” said Chef Gaggan.
Both lists are compiled and organised by Restaurant magazine and its publisher William Reed Media. Launched in 2002 by the magazine the list is widely anticipated each year and is voted on by a group of more than 900 international members of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy which include food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘foodies’. Using science and technology, Chef Gaggan boldly went where no one had dared, taking Indian cuisine to
new heights with his progressive reinterpretations of traditional Indian recipes and making his eponymous restaurant the top culinary destination in Bangkok.