Chef Garima’s restaurant, GAA, featured in the recently released Michelin’s guide to Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga for 2019
In a rare honour, Indian chef Garima Arora has become the first Indian woman to get a Michelin star for her restaurant in Bangkok. Her restaurant, GAA, was featured in the recently released Michelin’s guide to Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga for 2019.
Born in Mumbai, Garima is an alumnus of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. She studied in Mumbai’s Jai Hind College and is a former journalist. After having worked with culinary stalwarts like Gordon Ramsay, Gaggan Anand and René Redzepi, she set up GAA in 2017.
GAA is also the only restaurant in Bangkok run by an Indian woman and is also the first of its kind.
In an interview to Forbes India, Garima said that getting the Michelin star was a “huge stamp of approval” for her and her team.
Garima added that her father, who would travel extensively and then cook exotic dishes he savoured there for his family, has been a huge influence on her.
She also talked about how the Indian cooking technique of pickling has influenced her, and how she liked to pack strong and unusual flavours, which makes the food interactive and makes the style of eating a familiar, collective one.
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