The list of “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018” was unveiled this evening (March 27) in Macao, at a gala event at Wynn Palace. Top chefs and restaurateurs from Macao and across Asia were the stars of the ceremony that gathered around 600 guests to announce the highly anticipated annual ranking of the fifty most influential restaurants in Asia and present several special awards. Organized with the support of Macao the Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the city hosted the world famous gourmet award for the first time, as one of the highlight events of “2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy”, following Macao's designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
Asia’s culinary community gathered in Macao to witness the announcement of the highly anticipated ranking of Asia’s most influential restaurants for 2018
MGTO Director says “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” brought the opportunity to showcase the dynamic restaurant scene and food culture of Macao as a city of gastronomy to top chefs across the region
Chefs and restaurateurs ranked at “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018” celebrate after the announcement
Speaking at the occasion, MGTO Director, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, highlighted: “As a Creative City of Gastronomy, we are committed to promote creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development, seeking exchange, innovation, cross-field collaborations, cheering traditions and training the next generations of culinary talent. We could not look for better examples for learning and inspiration than the work of the acclaimed chefs and successful restaurateurs gathered here tonight.” She also noted that “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and awards ceremony has brought Macao to the limelight of the gastronomy community in the region and we appreciate this opportunity to showcase our destination to chefs and restaurateurs from across the region, in particular the dynamic restaurant scene and food culture in our city.”
Managing Director of “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants”, Tim Brooke-Webb, commented: “We are delighted to have staged our event programme in Macao for the first time in 2018. We chose to bring this best-in-class gourmet platform to the region in order to showcase its fast-expanding gastronomic portfolio, as well as celebrate outstanding talent from across Asia. Macao’s rich history is reflected in the diverse food culture and vibrant restaurant scene that has been evident to visitors from across the world in recent days. We very much look forward to returning to Macao for the 2019 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.”
Multicultural and multinational list of chefs and restaurants awarded
The number one “Best Restaurant in Asia 2018” was, for the fourth consecutive year, the progressive Indian cuisine restaurant Gaggan, in Bangkok, by chef Gaggan Anand. One restaurant from Macao (Jade Dragon) was included on “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018”, in a list that fully displayed the multicultural and multinational talent of the dining industry in the region.
Aside from the disclosing of the results for “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018”, ten special awards were also presented at the occasion, including Chefs’ Choice Award, Sustainable Restaurant Award, Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, One to Watch Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.
Macao had one restaurant in the list of “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018” in the first four years of the Asian edition (Robuchon au Dôme), and last year two local restaurants were ranked on the regional list (Jade Dragon and The Tasting Room).
“Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list is voted by a 300-member committee, whose members include food writers, chefs, restaurateurs and gourmands from across the region. Members base their decisions upon their dining experiences of the past 18 months to list their favorite restaurants.
Top chefs conduct exchanges and experience Macao as a city of gastronomy
During their stay in Macao, star-chefs shared their stories and discussed the trends in the industry at a gastronomic conference and demonstration, the “50BestTalks”, themed around the idea of “Exploring Identity” in Asian cuisine, held yesterday (March 26) at Wynn Macau. “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” went to the Institute for Tourism Studies on the same day to conduct a questions and answers session between an acclaimed chef and students. That same evening, visiting chefs and restaurateurs networked among themselves and with local ones at a Chefs’ Feast at the Military Club, with a menu that included Macanese food prepared with the support of IFT.
In addition, acclaimed chefs toured this morning (March 27) some of the most popular wet markets in the city, guided by local chefs, to learn about the local food and ingredients, exploring Macao’s culture as a city of gastronomy, as well as strolled around the city’s east-meets-west heritage, for a more in-depth experience in the destination.
“Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards ceremony returns to Macao in 2019
Last November, organizers and MGTO announced in Macao that the city will serve as host destination for the awards presentation ceremony and other related activities in 2018 and 2019. The hosting of the prestigious award ceremony will provide Macao with the opportunity to interact with some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the region, showcase the city’s dynamic restaurant scene and its projects as a newly designated UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, as Macao paves the way to transform itself into a world centre of tourism and leisure.
Launched in 2013, “Asia's 50 Best Restaurants” list is the regional version of the famous list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, published by William Reed Business Media since 2002. Prior to Macao, “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards presentation ceremony was held in Singapore and Bangkok for three and two years, respectively. The ceremony for the announcement brings each year Asia’s culinary community together, celebrating the prominent achievements and foresights of experts in the field and important trends in the industry in the region.