Asia’s best female chef 2019 announced

by: Angie Kwon, Editor
06 Mar 2019

Garima Arora was recently recognised as Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2019, with an award to be presented at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards being held later in the month in Macau. Arora is the executive chef and owner of Gaa in Bangkok, a modern tasting menu restaurant with a focus on traditional Indian recipes.

Diners have a choice between a 10 or 14-course tasting menu, which changes according to the locally available ingredients of the season. Although rooted by traditional Indian cuisine techniques, Arora takes a variety of different ingredients and inspirations from Thai cuisine and culture. In this way, she merges the two as she explores the various connections between India and Thailand, including language, food, culture, and history.

A former journalist, Arora is formally trained and has worked at a number of prestigious cutting edge restaurants, before branching out on her own, including Gaggan (currently No1 in Asia on the Asia 50 Best list) and Noma.

Last year with Gaa winning one star, Arora became known as the first Indian female chef to win a Michelin star, and is now joining the exclusive best chef list. A rising star for sure.