Asian chefs look to Asia's 50 Best Restaurant awards as avenue for global recognition
When Yoshihiro Narisawa, chef-owner of top-ranking restaurant Les Creations de Narisawa in Tokyo went on stage to receive top honours being number one on the inaugural Asia's 50 Best Restaurant list, he received applause from the 550-strong crowd and a standing ovation from his fellow chefs.
Not surprising, considering that two hours before the award ceremony started at the Sands Grand Ballroom at Marina Bay Sands, many chefs were looking out for chef Narisawa and hoping to get a photo with him.
Humbled by his achievement, he said in Japanese via an interpreter: "I am surprised, but nothing changes in the restaurant. We continue to do our best for customers.
"This doesn't happen in one day; Japanese dining has continued to grow over the years and our strong dining culture has led to this day."