Celebrated chef

With this year’s Asia’s50 Best Restaurants awards being held in Bangkok, it seems fitting that David Thompson, the celebrated chef of the host city’s restaurat Nahm andLong Chim in Singapore has been announced as the winner of the 2016Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.

Albeit originally from Australia, David Thompson is considered anhonorary Thai, with his dedication to tracking down centuries-old cookbooksandperfecting the authentic flavours of recipes from his adopted home. Aside from this, his year’s of dedication to the culinary arts have also seen him earna Michelin star within six months of opening his now-defunctLondon outpost of Nahm, and scoring the No. 1 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014 for Nahm at The Metropolitan Hotel by Como. More recently,​Thompson extended his repetoire by openinghis highly-anticipated Singapore restaurant,Long Chim (Thai for “come and taste”), at Marina Bay Sands. Keeping hisfocuses firmly on Thai cuisine, the restaurant serves up a sumptuous selection of tradtionalThai street food with a modern twist.

Speaking about the imminent award,William Drew,group editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants said“Throughout his distinguished career, David Thompson has inspired many with his commitment to authenticity and deep respect for Thailand’s culinary traditions. His efforts to enrich Asia’s culinary scene, revive time-honoured recipes and mentor young chefs make him a worthy winner of the prestigious Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award,”

David Thompsonwill formally receive his award atthe fourth annualAsia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on 29thFebruary2016, hosted at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Find out more about David’s culinary career