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December 9, 2015

Asia: Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Unfazed by Singapore Michelin Guide

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Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which will be held in Bangkok next year after being staged in Singapore for the past three years, said the move had nothing to do with Michelin’s announcement of launching a guide in Singapore.

William Drew, group editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said the intention had always been to move the event to different host countries across the region, although sources speculated it was probably due to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) cutting back its support as it had the Michelin Guide in mind.

A new willing partner, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, sees the awards ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants taking place on February 29 at the W Hotel Bangkok. Drew is unfazed by Singapore’s Michelin Guide, saying: “Since its launch in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has established itself as the ultimate reference point for gastronomy across the continent, celebrating great restaurants and great chefs and providing a unique guide to the finest dining destinations.

“We will continue to build our presence and profile in Asia, using our panel of over 300 independent expert voters from every corner of the region.”

While hoteliers and restaurateurs in Singapore welcome the guide, they too do not expect its entry in the second half of next year to add fire to an already sizzling dining scene.

Said Beppe de Vito, owner of a string of restaurants in Singapore including Aura at the National Gallery, said: “It is definitely a positive thing to finally have Michelin in Singapore, especially since none of the other local guides have ever been able to offer similar professional reviews.

“Personally I doubt it will change anything as Singapore’s dining scene has been steadily improving over the past 10 years, and especially since the arrival of the two casinos.

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