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At the MICHELIN Star Revelation Ceremony, which also marked the official release of the MICHELIN Guide Thailand 2023 edition, Michelin unveiled recipients of the prestigious MICHELIN Star, the MICHELIN Green Star, the MICHELIN Young Chef Award, the MICHELIN Service Award, plus two special awards introduced for the first time in the newest edition of Thailand’s guide: the MICHELIN Opening of the Year Award, and the MICHELIN Sommelier Award.
Featured in the sixth local edition are 441 dining venues – including 6 Two-MICHELIN Star establishments (all retaining their status), 29 One-MICHELIN Star, 189 Bib Gourmand, and 217 other recommended entries. New additions to the MICHELIN Guide include 5 in the One-MICHELIN Star list (4 newcomers and 1 promotion), and 59 in the Bib Gourmand list (53 newcomers and 6 promotions), together with another 54 in the Guide’s recommended selection. Out of 111 new entries, 69 are from four cities representing Thailand’s Northeast or “Isan” region (Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani), newly covered in the 2023 edition.
“After struggling with the pandemic for a couple of years, Thailand’s culinary and hospitality landscapes have seen new openings around the country. In the restaurant sector, many new fine-dining restaurants have opened – not only with local chefs focusing heavily on their culinary roots, thus offering a variety of cuisines: Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Isan, authentic Thai, modern Thai, and so on; but also with big investors and world-famous chefs. Our MICHELIN Guide inspectors are very much excited to see Thailand’s culinary sector flourishing,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
“The increased number of entries in the newest edition of The MICHELIN Guide Thailand is partly a testament of restaurateurs’ achievement in striving to rise above challenges, and partly a result of our coverage expansion to Northeastern Thailand – or ‘Isan’ – the largest region of Thailand, which has a rich history, as well as exquisite geography and natural resources. We believe that extending the scope of the MICHELIN Guide to this region will make people discover and understand more about Isan cuisine, as well as help boost travels to the region. With the newest MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, we hope to contribute to the post-pandemic recovery of both the culinary and the hospitality industries.”
5 New Entries (4 Newcomers & 1 Promotion) Joining the ‘One-MICHELIN Star’ List
In the 2023 MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition, the Two-MICHELIN Star listing remains identical with 6 entries – namely, Chef’s Table, Le Normandie by Alain Roux, Mezzaluna, R-Haan, Sorn, and Sühring. The One-MICHELIN Star selection welcomes 5 new entries, all located in Bangkok, namely: Baan Tepa, a contemporary Thai restaurant offering a beautifully presented tasting menu, made with seasonal ingredients sourced from sustainable producers and from the restaurant’s backyard; Haoma, an Indian restaurant using sustainable, seasonal, local ingredients sourced from farmers, breeders, fisherfolk, and from its own garden, to create delicious, beautifully plated Indian dishes in à-la-carte and seasonal tasting menus (including a vegetarian one); Maison Dunand, a contemporary French restaurant offering a tasting menu inspired by the chef’s Alpine origins, childhood trips to Brittany, and glittering international culinary journey; Potong, a Thai-Chinese restaurant where tradition meets novelty, offering a progressive 20-course set menu that is infused with storytelling and hits its peak with dry-aged duck breast; and Signature, a French restaurant promoted from the previous MICHELIN Guide Thailand edition’s recommended selection, offering classic French flavors using imported herbs and edible flowers that evoke their terroir, through the Flower Bouquet set menus that rotate depending on the season.
2 New Additions Bringing the Total of MICHELIN Green Star Venues to 3
Joining PRU, the One-MICHELIN Star restaurant in Phuket, which retains its MICHELIN Green Star for the third consecutive year, are Haoma – an Indian restaurant in Bangkok entering the One-MICHELIN Star list for the first time this year – breeding fish in rainwater collected throughout the year for its own aquaponics farm and for recycling, using Nordaq water systems for guests to consume and, during the pandemic, starting a farm in Bangkok to raise chicken, goats, and cows for use in its ever-evolving menus; and Jampa, a newcomer on the MICHELIN Guide’s recommended list for Phuket that strives to educate guests on the benefits of eating fresh and local – serving contemporary European dishes using herbs and vegetables from its own organic farm, seafood sourced from the island’s fishermen, as well as nutritious, balanced ingredients contributing to a healthier diet.
2023 MICHELIN Thailand Young Chef Award:
Mr. Davide Garavaglia from Côte by Mauro Colagreco
Italian Chef Davide Garavaglia brings the cooking philosophy of Chef Mauro Colagreco from the Mediterranean to the Chao Phraya, working hand-in-hand with Chef Marc Vasseur. After working at D’O – a Two-MICHELIN Star restaurant under Chef Davide Oldani in Milan, and later on at Sketch – a Three-MICHELIN Star restaurant under Chef Pierre Gagnaire in London, Mr. Garavaglia then joined Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur in 2015 where he played a major part in the restaurant’s Three-MICHELIN Star achievement.
2023 MICHELIN Thailand Service Award:
Mr. Uthit Songtho from Baan Phraya
Uthit Songtho, the restaurant manager, showed impressive Thai-style hospitality with The Mandarin Oriental’s high standards. During the service, he was friendly, polite and authentic. Mr. Songtho himself warmly welcomed the guests as they stepped down from the boat and bid them farewell at the pier when they left. He also provided detailed information regarding the restaurant’s history, the chef’s background, information about the dishes and Thai food in general, and always asked for feedback about the dishes.
2 New Special Awards for the First Time in Thailand
2023 MICHELIN Thailand Opening of the Year Award:
Ms. Pichaya "Pam" Soontornyanakij from Potong
The MICHELIN Opening of the Year Award is awarded to a chef, host, or restaurant manager, for the successful opening of a dining venue in the past 12 months, with a creative tasting concept and approach to cuisine, and with an impact on the local gastronomic scene.
As the first recipient of this special award in Thailand, Chef Pam is recognized for her successful opening of the restaurant Potong, in the heart of Chinatown. She has renovated her family’s ancestral building which used to be a pharmacy, in spite of trying times during Covid-19. It was the first restaurant of its kind to serve innovative/progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine in Thailand, with a 20-course Tasting Menu, whereby each dish embodies the 5-Element philosophy of “Salt, Acid, Spice, Texture, and Maillard Reaction”.
2023 MICHELIN Thailand Sommelier Award:
Mr. Guillaume Perdigues from Mezzaluna
The MICHELIN Sommelier Award is granted in recognition of a sommelier’s expertise in recommending a food and wine pairing to enhance the customer experience.
Mr. Perdigues, Thailand’s first winner of the award, is very passionate and knowledgeable about wine. He is a professional sommelier, who takes great pleasure in advising guests – based on their personal tastes and food choices – on wine selection and food pairing. With a gentle but welcoming attitude in serving wine, he engaged well with his guests, and loved to share wine knowledge during his service.
The full restaurant selection for Thailand is available for free on the MICHELIN Guide website and app. They join the MICHELIN Guide selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Thailand and throughout the world.
Every hotel in the Guide is chosen for its extraordinary style, service, and personality — with options for all budgets — and each hotel can be booked directly through the MICHELIN Guide website and app. The selection for Thailand features the country's most spectacular hotels, including luxury boutique trailblazers such as Amanpuri, sustainability pioneers such as Rayavadee, standouts from our “Plus” collection such as The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon, and treetop pool villa wonderlands such as Keemala.
The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy. Now it’s setting a new standard for hotels. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website, or download the free app for iOS and Android, to discover every restaurant in the selection and book an unforgettable hotel.
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