Bangkok’s fine dining restaurant Gaa has received its first Michelin star, thereby making Executive Chef Garima Arora the first Indian woman chef to have a restaurant awarded this honour.

The announcement was made at Bangkok’s Park Hyatt hotel, wherein restaurants across Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-Nga, in Thailand were given accolades.

Commenting on this victory, Garima Arora said, “I’m incredibly humbled and so proud that Restaurant Gaa has been recognized by the esteemed Michelin Guide. It’s such a coveted accolade a restaurant can be granted, and I am delighted that the dedicated efforts of my wonderful team have been recognized by this highly-regarded organization.”

Restaurant Gaa features a perfect blend of Indian and Thai culture. The team here tries to explore new ways to transform local ingredients into something more contemporary.

Chef Garima has worked alongside many world-renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay in 2011 and René Redzepi from 2013 to 2015. To further strengthen her culinary skills, she relocated to Bangkok in 2015, to join the Gaggan restaurant group.