A few newcomers among the familiar faces at this year’s Michelin Star Revelation event.
On the morning of Wednesday, December 16th, the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River hosted the Michelin Star Revelation event, where the Michelin-starred restaurants of the 2021 edition of Thailand’s Michelin Guide were officially announced.
The one-star selection welcomes two new entrants, starting with Blue by Alain Ducasse, the French contemporary restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Wilfrid Hocquet. Offering diners a chance to savour world-class dishes, using top quality ingredients and classic French cooking techniques, this is a major win for the 41-year-old chef and his dedicated team. Also receiving its first star is Cadence by Dan Bark, an innovative restaurant that brings together Western and Asian cuisine in modern and innovative dishes. Joining the one-star line-up, promoted from its previous Michelin Plate standing, is Sushi Masato, a sushi bar serving omakase menus in an intimate Chef’s table setting.
There were a total of 19 restaurants who maintained their one-Michelin-star rating, bringing the total one-star count to 22. As for the two-Michelin-starred venues, Chef’s Table, Vincent Thierry’s French contemporary restaurant at lebua at State Tower, was the only restaurant promoted from one-star to two-star status. Together with the five restaurants who retained their two-star distinction, the number of two-star restaurants in the 2021 guide now numbers six in total.
This year, Michelin also introduced three new award categories, recognizing singular accomplishments within the industry. The one-Michelin-starred PRU restaurant, at Trisara in Phuket, became Thailand’s first restaurant to earn the Michelin Green Star, and Chef Jim Ophorst was on hand to accept the prize. Meanwhile, Thailand’s first Young Chef Award was presented to Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn, Chef de Cuisine of Saawaan (Bangkok), while the 2021 Michelin Guide Service Award was won by Guillaume Barray, General Manager of Chef’s Table (Bangkok).
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of Michelin Guides, addressed the assembled press, chefs, and VIPs via a pre-recorded video message. “This edition was prepared in 2020 – a year full of challenges, but also a year of innovation and creativity,” he said. “The selection thus reflects the courage and resilience of chefs that have given their best to face this unprecedented crisis. During this tough period, the desire of our Michelin Guide team to keep on encouraging and supporting Thailand’s culinary scene is even stronger than ever.”
The complete selection of The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Phang-Nga 2021 is now available in a bilingual digital edition (Thai and English) as a print version, available at leading bookstores for THB 650 from December 23rd, 2020, and in an online edition on the website: guide.michelin.com/th/en