East Coast Wine Trail

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East Coast Wine Trail

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Thai cuisine gets global recognition


One of the reasons Thailand is my favourite Asian destination is the food; fresh, spicy, salty and delicious.

My personal preference is for street food, or cafes frequented by the locals, but Thailand can also do fine dining for those who want it.  

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed recent additions to the country's growing stable of Michelin-starred restaurants, with two new entrants and two given an additional star as part of the 28 total Michelin stars awarded.

These were included in the fourth edition of The Michelin Guide in Thailand, which features 299 dining establishments inclusive of six two-star, 22 one-star, 106 Bib Gourmand, and 165 Michelin Plate eateries. 

The new guide covers restaurants in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang Nga, with TAT looking to expand coverage to more areas in the country by 2021 under a five-year agreement with Michelin.

Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said: “I do believe the food sector is, and always will be, a key to the tourism industry's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Diners now know more about authentic and innovative Thai cuisine, and Thai chefs are now on par with their international counterparts. The Michelin Guide has helped us spread this message to the global arena, as well as continue being top-of-mind for world travellers.”

Pru, a Phuket restaurant that has its own organic farm and sources its ingredients locally, was awarded the Michelin Green Star for its eco-friendly and sustainable operation. 

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