Chefs, restaurateurs, international media and gastronomes descended on Bangkok last month for the annual food Oscars: Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2016. We compiled our favourite Instagram shots to capture the essence of the event. Enjoy!
1. The 50 Best family
Chef Gaggan Anand from Gaggan (No.1 on the list) feels the international love...
2. Pre-party bites
Gennady Jozefavichus, Special Correspondent for Condé Nast Traveller Russia, took this snap at the pre-awards garden party at Issaya Siamese Club (No.19 on the list).
Our social media ambassador, The Foodalist, couldn't resist jumping into this snap with all the Japanese chefs.
Chocolate dessert at the Chefs' Feast, courtesy of Andrés Lara, Cacao Barry's Regional Chef for Asia Pacific.
And for dessert, deep fried chocolate coconut and pandan ice cream featuring @cacaobarryofficial Alunga chocolate in passion fruit and orange blossom curd covered in dehydrated chocolate shade with Cacao Barry Inaya chocolate and a chocolate crumb made with Cacao Barry cocoa powder! #chocolate #dessert #pudding #sweettooth #Asias50Best #Asia #foodOscars @theneverendingsummer #CacaoBarry #foodporn #colourful #candy #edibleflowers #Bangkok #Thailand
5. Chef collage
How many can you name?
6. A feast fit for a king at Nahm
Stylized streetfood at Nahm. 😋🍡🍢With #Asias50Best Lifetime Achievement awardee David Thompson in the kitchen 🔪 and #agodalover @nicomarco and the lovely @ninadp8 my side 😘 CAN get streetfood anywhere in Bangkok, can ONLY get streetfood as David Thompson does it at Nahm 💯👌🏼#margauxliciousbangkok #sulitsagupit #latepost @theworlds50best
7. A fish-eye view
The Asia's 50 Best winners on stage.
8. Feel the Philippines love!
9. Pre-awards nibbles
Rashmi Uday Singh, 50 Best Academy Chair for India, Central Asia & Subcontinent, made this collage of the food offering at the awards.
10. Team Bangkok
Chefs Tim Butler of Eat Me (No.23); Gaggan Anand of Gaggan (No.1); Prin Polsuk of Nahm (No.8) and Ian Kittichai of Issaya Siamese Club (No.19).
11. Tippling Club love
A successful night and a successful year for chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club (=No.31) and his partner Chloe.
Chef Shinobu Namae of L’Effervescence (No.16).
First timer from Fukuoka, Japan: Chef Takeshi Fukuyama of La Maison De La Nature Goh (=No.31).
14. Japan's Best Chef cooks naan breads
Chef Narisawa-san of Narisawa (No.2) oversees the naan bread station at Gaggan's After Party.
15. Meanwhile, over in Tokyo...
Sushi Saito (No.26)'s Chef Takashi Saito was working too hard to attend the awards, but he sent us this special shout out.
鮨さいとう Asia's 50 Best の No. 26 です〜 おめでとうございます！ 私の心の中はいつもNo.1 です〜 (さいとうさんの寿司と笑顔は一番良く効く薬です〜！) #asias50best just announced Saito san to be #26 of the best 50 restaurant in Asia. Although Saito san is invited but he is working hard tonight for his customers. Even I am still sick I am so not going to miss his appointment, my 19th visit to Sushi Saito. And here Saito san thanks everyone for the support in live video! Saito san, in my mind, you are always #1! (And your sushi and smiling face is my best medicine)
Thank you from the team behind Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2016: Group Managing Director Charles Reed, Hospitality Managing Director Tim Brooke-Webb, 50 Best Director Hélène Pietrini, Head of Global Partnerships Vasu Read, Senior Events Manager Maria Olite, Group Editor William Drew, Content Editor Laura Price and Social Media Manager Emer Schlosser, and our Asia Academy Chairs: Boris Yu, Evelyn Chen, Mason Florence, Rashmi Uday Singh, Susan Jung and Takanori Nakamura.