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The culinary world is not known for giving female chefs their due and recognition. Indian female chefs, in particular, have been on the back burner (pun intended), thanks to male-dominated workspaces and lack of opportunities in the past. So when chef Garima Arora wins a Michelin star for her restaurant Gaa, and is the first Indian woman to do so, the appreciation garnered is unsurprising.
Arora, 30, has always been hob-nobbing in the kitchen, at least after her brief stint in journalism. She has worked as chef de partie at Noma, learnt techniques at Chef’s Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Dubai and later, really found her feet as sous chef at Gaggan, chef Anand’s eponymous restaurant serving groundbreaking Indian cuisine
Gaa, which was opened in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2017 under Arora’s helm, has already won its first Michelin star by the Michelin Guide Thailand. Unlike at Gaggan, at Gaa, you can expect to be served food influenced by Asia and Europe. As per the restaurant’s website itself, they “tap into techniques from around the world and apply it to locally sourced ingredients to create something uniquely [theirs].”
The tasting menus, serving either 10 or 14 courses show inspiration and technique from India, however, such as pickling and the use of fermented batter. Popular dishes include Unripe jackfruit, roti and pickles as well as crayfish with khakra. For dessert, a betel (paan leaf) takes a sophisticated turn with chocolate. A tasting menu would cost one 2400 baht (approximately ₹ 5,250).
As per the Michelin guide, receiving a star means that guests can expect high-quality cooking and that the restaurant is a worth a stop. We definitely know where to go for dinner when we’re in Bangkok.
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