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Official Launch of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural awards ceremony to celebrate Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and organised by William Reed Business Media, will be held on 25 February 2013 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants programme, will recognise the region’s growing culinary diversity and quality, in line with global culinary trends.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants represents an annual review and convergence of opinion from restaurant industry experts. It is recognised globally as the most trusted arbiter and authority on global dining.

Drawing on the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will provide a credible and trusted list that is dedicated to the restaurant industry in Asia and voted for by peers and luminaries from the culinary profession.

William Drew, William Reed Business Media, said of the new list:

“Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, we are excited to announce the date of the first ever awards ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. This launch champions the significant and continued growth of the industry in Asia, and provides the restaurants with international peer reviews, recommendation and profile. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will celebrate the gastronomic delights of Asia. We have no doubt that the list will be a must-have accessory for the increasing number of loyal followers to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”

Fabio degli Esposti, International Business Unit Director – Italian Brands of San Pellegrino Nestle Waters, said:

“S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, the fine dining waters that bring the taste of Italian lifestyle to the world’s best tables, are happy to support the first edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. We consider Asia’s culinary scene very important and ready to capture the food enthusiasts’ attention at an international level, therefore we are proud to help The World’s 50 Best to turn the spotlight on Asia.”

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands, said:

“We are honoured that Marina Bay Sands has been chosen as the venue for the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in February 2013. Asia’s appetite for good food is unmatched and we’re pleased to play our part in the launch event.”

How Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List is compiled:

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is created from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, each selected for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own panel of 36 members including a chairperson to head it up. The panel is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘foodies’, each of whom has seven votes. Of the seven votes, at least three must be used to recognise restaurants outside of the voters’ region. At least 10 panelists from each region change each year. None of the employees of any of the sponsors associated with the awards, including the main sponsor, votes or has any influence over the results.

Votes for restaurants in the following countries in Asia, cast during the voting period for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, will result in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants: Bangladesh, Burma/ Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Individual Awards Categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Female Chef Award
Chefs’ Choice Award
Best Pastry Chef
Individual country awards
The Best Restaurant in Asia
One to Watch
Chef’s Favourites:

As part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants programme, the chefs’ from the stellar restaurants who have made it onto the list itself will recommend their personal favourite eateries. From fine dining establishments to hawker stalls, the list will be published online alongside Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list following the awards ceremony on 25 February 2013.

The celebrated chefs’ choices will be supplemented by recommendations from those who eat out the most, namely select members of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting academy.

Asia’s Best Dinner:

Hosted by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s Best Dinner will take place on

24 February 2013 and will be prepared by four guest chefs based in Asia who appear in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2012. The dinner will feature a paired degustation menu at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore for an exclusive audience of 120 people.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Professional Workshops:

On 24 and 25 February 2013 at the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, celebrated chefs will demonstrate their culinary expertise at two, half-day session workshops. Workshop guests will be treated to gastronomic sampling plates as well as in depth discussion sessions on Asian cuisine, heritage, culture, aspiration and identity. Chefs will share insider knowledge on how to blend traditional and modern cuisine, and will discuss the reinvention of street food for a contemporary kitchen and modern palate.

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Results:

Following the awards ceremony on 25 February 2013, the results of the awards will be published live at

Notes to Editors:

This release is also available in the following languages:
English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. The official language of the press office is English.

About William Reed Business Media:

William Reedhasbeen organising The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2002 and the Awards since 2003. The company now launches Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes, and producing the list.

About our main sponsor:
S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main sponsors of the awards. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Manifesto:
Organised by Restaurant magazine, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes “best” is left to the judgment of these trusted and well-travelled gourmets. There is no pre-determined checklist of criteria; for example an interesting experience in a simple establishment, where exceptional innovation was discovered, could be judged better than a more opulent meal from a widely feted restaurant team.

The results are a simple computation of votes. Given that this well-constructed list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe.

SOURCE Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants

Written by asiafreshnews

October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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