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Thursday 9 November 2017

Culinary accolades pour in for Macao

Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong are regarded as Asia's three most-prominent gourmet capitals but now Macao is ready to be added to that list. 

The Wynn Palace Cotai in Macao has been named as the venue for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2018 and 2019. 

“After three years in Singapore and two in Bangkok, we are thrilled to announce Macao will be the host destination for the sixth and seventh editions of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants," said group editor William Drew. 

"Macao’s rich history is reflected in the diverse food culture and vibrant restaurant scene.”
In 2017, the annual list saw 12 different countries represented, including 10 new entries in total. Bangkok restaurant Gaggan was named The Best Restaurant in Asia for a record-breaking third time in succession.

The 2018 festivities, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Aqua Panna, will also include a new edition of #50BestTalks, a one-day forum that will bring together Asia’s top chefs and culinary leaders to discuss regional gastronomy and emerging food trends.
Macanese cuisine: African chicken  
The announcement came just days after UNESCO announced the inclusion of Macao in its latest list of “Creative Cities” for its gastronomy. 

The endorsement is seen as worldwide recognition of Macao and its more than 400-year old culinary legacy - said to be the world’s earliest form of fusion food. The enclave has influences from China to Portugal and India. 

In 2017, Macao was home to two of the restaurants in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Jade Dragon at No.32 and The Tasting Room at No.39.
“Such endorsement will also provide a favourable platform for food traditions to continuously thrive,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand.
“This is exciting news for Macao and its cultural importance to gastronomy, and to everyone involved in the creation of the many mouth-watering menus and dining options offered throughout the former Portuguese enclave,” she said. 
Other Creative Cities of Gastronomy include: Chengdu and Shunde (China), Belém and Florianopolis (Brazil), Popayán (Colombia), Rasht (Iran), Parma (Italy), Zahlé (Lebanon), Ensenada (Mexico), Bergen (Norway), Jeonju (South Korea), Tsuruoka (Japan), Dénia and Burgos (Spain), Östersund (Sweden), Phuket (Thailand), Gaziantep (Turkey) and Tucson (USA).
Macao was among eight cities to be newly designated. The others were Alba (Italy), Buenaventura (Colombia), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Hatay (Turkey), Panama City (Panama), Paraty (Brazil) and San Antonio (USA).

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