Joan Roca, Ashley Palmer-Watts and Peter Gilmore Extend Their Botanical Research

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GLOBAL: On the 29th February 2016, the world’s best chefs visit Northern Thailand, as part of 50 Best Explores, to uncover the gastronomic riches and traditions of Thailand’s world famous cuisine.

Travelling to the King of Thailand’s rural and agricultural initiative, The Royal Project, are Joan Roca, Chef-owner of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list; Ashley Palmer-Watts, Executive Chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, No.7 on the list; and Peter Gilmore, Executive Chef of Quay in Sydney, No.58 in the world ranking.

Accompanied by leading chefs from Thailand, Chef Chumpol Jangprai, Iron Chef of Thailand, Chef Nooror Somany Steppe of The Blue Elephant and Chef Nan Bunyasaranand of Little Beast, Bangkok, and the world’s best chefs can learn, explore and experiment with local produce, as well as meet local producers, farmers and growers.

The five-day trip culminates in a collaborative Gala Dinner on Friday 4th March at the Blue Elephant, Bangkok, presided over by Chef-owner Nooror Somany Steppe.

For more information on the 50 Best Explores click 50 Best Explores

Note To Editors:

  • 50 Best Explores is a new series from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which is owned and organised by William Reed Media. Each chapter will showcase top chefs exploring new terrain, local produce and traditional techniques. While immersing themselves in the local culture, chefs will interact with key players in that region’s food, market or restaurant industry and share their experiences with the wider world. This first edition focuses on Thailand, but stay tuned for future destinations later in 2016/17.

  • The Royal Project in Thailand is the first of its kind and one of the most successful in South-East Asia. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand founded this project in 1969 to tackle deforestation, poverty and opium production by offering a legal crop alternative. He discovered a variety of peach trees that yielded higher income than opium poppies during a visit to a hill tribe village. Seeing that those were a more viable and lucrative solution to drug production, he encouraged the conversion of the farmers’ crops. There are now more than 350 types of vegetables being grown at The Royal Project.

  • Social Media. We will be sharing the #50BestExplores on Facebook: 50BestRestaurants Twitter: @TheWorlds50Best Instagram: @theworlds50best

Press contact: Sarah Canet – Spoon PR –

This trip was made possible thanks to the kind support of Thailand’s Department of Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

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