Inspiration behind Asia's 50 Best Restaurants
William Drew: "The inspiration behind Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, which was five years ago, was to celebrate, discover and showcase more Asian restaurants, through that more diverse Asian cuisines, because we realized that Asia, obviously a huge continent, has so many different styles of food and food cultures going on and for much of the world that wasn't as well known as it might be."
The World's 50 Best Restaurants. Since we had a certain number of Asian restaurants but then we knew there were many, many more that deserved to be celebrated. So we launched, in 2013, Asia's 50 Best Restaurants because there was nothing that was doing the whole of Asia, bring the whole of Asia together promoting that celebration and collaboration. And over the years, we built up a strong presence or a strong media following which is really gratifying and fantastic."
We're trying to do more and more events such as this 50 Best Talks which is not just about the ranking of the restaurants…
Anton Diaz: Yes.
William Drew: …important though as that is. That's almost though a means of promoting more understanding of different cultures and cuisines, more diversity and more collaboration between chefs and different countries.
So in one sense, we've love taking ideas from all around the continent, and in another sense, there's a lot of people going back to their roots and rediscovering the traditional food of their country. The two can exist together.