Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, has announced that, following two great years in Bangkok, Macao will host the 2018 and 2019 editions of its prestigious awards and associated event program. On Tuesday 27th March 2018, the region’s most respected chefs and influential restaurateurs, together with leading industry figures and international media, will gather at Wynn Palace Cotai for the announcement of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list and special awards.

In 2017 a record nine Bangkok restaurants made the list, including Gaggan, which was #1 on Asia’s 50 Best for the third year in a row.

27th March 2018 at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao 

The new destination for the 2018 and 2019 awards ceremonies was recently announced at a media conference hosted by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Macao Government Tourism Office at Wynn Palace, the event venue. Attendees included local restaurateurs, industry VIPs and media as well as regional chefs, including Richard Ekkebus, Shinobu Namae and May Chow.

The organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants have chosen to bring this best-in-class gourmet platform to Macao in order to showcase its fast-expanding gastronomic portfolio, as well as celebrate outstanding talent from across Asia.

William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “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, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Macao’s rich history is reflected in the diverse food culture and vibrant restaurant scene. ”

In 2017, the annual list – a snapshot of expert opinions and prevailing restaurant trends – saw 12 different countries represented, including 10 new entries in total. The festivities came to a crescendo with Bangkok restaurant Gaggan named The Best Restaurant in Asia for a record-breaking third time in succession.

Building on the success of previous years, the 2018 program will include a new edition of #50BestTalks. Scheduled for Monday 26th March 2018, the one-day forum will bring together Asia’s most influential chefs and culinary leaders to discuss regional gastronomy and emerging food trends.

Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office, says: “What a great honour it is for Macao to stage Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards for the first time. I look forward to welcoming Asia’s great community of chefs and taking the opportunity to offer participants a taste of our destination. Macao has all the ingredients to provide an inspiring backdrop to this prestigious event given our dynamic and diverse gastronomy scene, ranging from food stalls to high-end restaurants. The event will also be an excellent occasion to celebrate Macao’s inclusion in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy.”

The gala awards ceremony to announce Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, along with the #50BestTalks event, will be held at Wynn Palace Cotai, the Official Venue Partner and the second luxury integrated resort in Macao from international resort developer Wynn Resorts. “It is our great honour that Wynn has been chosen as the official venue partner for the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 and 2019 awards. We are very excited to have this opportunity to celebrate Macao as one of Asia’s key gastronomic destinations,” said Kristoffer Luczak, Executive Vice President, Food & Beverage.

Clement Vachon, International Relations & Events Manager for S.Pellegrino, said: “We have been the main sponsor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since its first edition in 2013 and seen this event evolve year by year, becoming among the most trusted and credible references to the best places to eat around the region. We are proud to be a part of this, for its contribution to the growth of the fine dining industry in Asia, and we look forward to two more years of a productive and successful partnership and collaboration in supporting the best of gastronomy.”

The 2017 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, featured 10 new entries and included special awards such as Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, Chefs’ Choice Award, the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award and Asia’s Best Female Chef.

The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.