Bangkok: 12 Chefs Under 35 to Watch

Garima Arora

These are the young chefs in Bangkok who are kicking down doors, demonstrating leadership, showing creativity and cooking without fear.

I set out to find Bangkok’s bright young things, those with a clear and definitive talent in the kitchen and creative nature that’ll thrust them into the culinary sphere, one day. What I discovered, in fact, was a host of young chefs already there; talent dotted around the city and in many cases, already running their own restaurants and businesses.

In most of the cases, these chefs were still under the age of 30, and had achieved so much; graduating from prestigious culinary institutions, travelling the world for experience in some of the most demanding environments, working and learning under culinary greats, and setting out solo in order to blaze their own trails. The competition in Bangkok is fierce, and with the launch of the Michelin Guide Bangkok last year and restaurants from the capital climbing higher each year on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, it's become a battleground for reward and recognition. Still, none of the chefs I met seemed deterred, but instead, appeared fired-up and driven; open to the challenge.

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