Indian woman chef's restaurant in Bangkok awarded Michelin star

Indian woman chef's restaurant in Bangkok awarded Michelin star
Published: 14 November 2018 - 3:08 a.m.
By: Sarakshi Rai

Chef Garima Arora’s GAA in Bangkok is the first restaurant headed by an Indian woman chef to be awarded the coveted Michelin star in The Michelin Guide Thailand 2019.

The restaurant has been open for a year-and-a-half, with a menu inspired by both Indian and Thai cuisine. Arora, an alumni of Cordon Bleu in Paris, has worked with well-known industry names like Gordon Ramsay and Gaggan Anand. She also interned at Noma in Copenhagen and later spent over two years at the restaurant as a chef de partie learning from René Redzepi.

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The GAA menu includes dishes like chilled soup of guava, roselle, fermented mulberries, blue swimmer crab with long peppercorn and macadamia milk, and organic burnt coconut sugar ice cream.

She also made an appearance in season two of the hit Netflix show Chef's Table, in an episode which featured Gaggan Anand.

Arora grew up in Mumbai and began her career as a journalist before making her foray into the culinary world.


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