David Thompson To Leave Award-Winning Restaurant Nahm
It’s hard to imagine Nahm without celebrity chef David Thompson, who established the restaurant in partnership with Como Hotels 18 years ago. But it’s a sad reality that sent shockwaves through the food world when he announced that he will conclude his relationship with the brand, which reached great heights under his helm. His final dinner service is on April 30.
“Nahm grew into an extraordinary restaurant with its success acknowledged in so many ways,” he said in a statement, adding that it was mostly through the hardworking staff and their commitment to serve customers wholeheartedly.
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This isn’t the last time you’ll see Thompson making waves on the world stage. The award-winning Australian chef, who was Asia’s 50 Best’s lifetime achievement awardee in 2016, will continue to focus his efforts on preserving Thai food culture and flavours through Aylmer Aaharn, the food group he co-founded in 2014.
He added that he will leave the restaurant in a point of excellence. He shares, “The application of culinary integrity in the kitchen was never to the cost of the joy in doing what we all loved. This is what I will always remember. It is a rare restaurant that can achieve all of this.”
Nahm’s original outlet opened in Como’s Halkin Hotel in London's Belgravia district in 2001, where it received a Michelin star within six months of opening. He closed it in 2012, but his Bangkok outpost, which opened in 2010 continued to perform well at the top, consistently earning a place on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list, and most recently garnering a Michelin star.