A few of the highlights…

Asia’s 50 Best

The biggest news: restaurant NAHM in Bangkok, headed up by Chef David Thompson, has bumped last year’s No.1, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa of Les Créations de Narisawa restaurant in Tokyo, off the top spot! NAHM was also named Best Restaurant in Thailand, an impressive feat, considering NAHM opened just four years ago, in 2010. At NAHM, chef David celebrates the bold flavours of authentic Thai cuisine by reviving and reinterpreting century-old recipes.

Those who received special awards include:

Chinese chef Ivan Li from Family Li Imperial Cuisine restaurant in Shanghai (No. 46 on the list), who was awarded with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivan is dedicated to using traditional recipes and methods, handed down by his forebears. His cuttlefish dish (pictured) is a testimony to his dedication to using the time-honoured recipes that his family has preserved for four generations. 

Taiwan’s female chef of the moment, Lanshu Chen, from Le Moût Restaurant was named Veuve Clicquot’s Asia’s Best Female Chef 2014.

Asia’s new One to Watch – an award sponsored by Peroni – is restaurant Tenku Ryugin in Hong Kong, China, headed up by chef Hideaki Sato.

André Chiang of Restaurant Andre in Singapore, received this year’s Chef’s Choice Award.

…and taking Asia’s pastry scene by storm one beautiful gold-leaf creation at a time, is this year’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry: Janice Wong from 2am dessertbar in Singapore. 

For more details on which restaurants made this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, visit www.theworlds50best.com/asia/en/

Michelin Guide France 2014

The biggest news: restaurant Assiette Champenoise in Reims, headed up by chef Arnaud Lallement has just become the latest three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France! Get your reservations in quick…

But while chef Arnaud and his team will, no doubt, be celebrating their new accolade, master of French cuisine, chef Alain Ducasse will be commiserating his loss as his Paris-based restaurant, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – previously one of France’s three star venues – has been removed from this year’s guide following its closure in August 2013. We await the news of its reopening…

France’s new 2-Michelin-starred restaurants are:

La Villa Madie, Cassis

La Table du Connétable, Chantilly

Le Kintessence, Courchevel 1850

Le Chambard, Kaysersberg

Il Cortile, Mulhouse

Akrame, Paris 16ème

Guides go on sale Friday 28 February, so get in quick to avoid disappointment…