David Thompson feels the ‘MasterChef effect’ at nahm
A recent appearance on the hit BBC food show MasterChef by David Thompson has confirmed his place as an important voice for modern Thai cuisine. David is the award-winning chef and founder of Thai restaurant nahm at Metropolitan, Bangkok, and nahm London, which was the first European Thai restaurant ever to achieve a Michelin star.
David appeared on the hit British show, seen by over eight million viewers, on March 1st. Bookings at the London restaurant soared by an incredible 400 per cent following the hour-long broadcast—commanding a viewing figure higher than the BBC national news—while visits to the nahm website at Metropolitan, Bangkok were also up by 80 per cent. This once again proved David’s ability to excite and inspire Western diners with his passion for Thai food.
In the show, contestants were taken to the street markets of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to experience the fast pace of authentic Thai cooking and try their hand at running their own street food stall. David, whose books Thai Food and Thai Street Food are widely regarded as among the most comprehensive texts on the subject, guided the contestants through the complexities of Thai cooking at street level. Also in the programme contestants were given the task of preparing a lavish feast for a Thai prince.
David said: “You can eat exceptionally well on the streets and markets of Thailand. Everyone who lives in Thailand has their favourite places to eat—both upmarket restaurants and further down the scale. I now actually prefer eating on the streets where the eating’s good and relaxed. Really good places can be hard to find but look for the busiest ones—they are so for a reason.”
nahm at Metropolitan, Bangkok, which is part of the COMO Hotels and Resorts group, opened to critical acclaim in 2010. Since then it has come to be regarded as one of the leading Thai restaurants in Bangkok. Here standout Thai dishes include a coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab or lemongrass salad with porks, prawns and squid. There is also a colourful array of traditional salty and sweet Thai desserts and an extensive wine menu.
In London, nahm at The Halkin, which is also a COMO property, has had a loyal following in the capital since opening in 2001. The restaurant is warm yet eminently modern with generously spaced tables and sleek, Asian-style service.
NOTES TO EDITORS
David Thompson was also awarded ‘Professional of the Year’ by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 2001, and in 2003 he was award ‘London Chef of the Year’ at the Carlton Evening Standard Food Awards.
David’s book, Thai Food, has been awarded with every major cookbook award in the years following its publication in 2003 and sales continue to perform well.
nahm Bangkok and nahm London are part of the COMO Hotels and Resorts Group, founded and owned by Christina Ong. For more information please visit www.como.bz
About The COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Singapore, The COMO Group represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. This encompasses the hospitality collection known as COMO Hotels and Resorts, the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.
Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages handpicked, and individually curated properties, including The Halkin in London, two Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island in the Maldives, and two Uma experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan. It also manages, in partnership with its sister brand in wellness, the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. COMO Shambhala is also promotes health, relaxation and learning through its products, services, cuisine, treatments, and spa facilities within each COMO property.
Accurate and intuitive service, sympathetic and elegant design befitting each location, and outstanding cuisine are hallmarks of the COMO experience. Restaurants within COMO’s properties include the Michelin-starred Thai restaurant nahm in London and Bangkok, and the internationally-renowned Nobu restaurant in London.
Urban Hotels: COMO Hotels and Resorts’ urban properties include the Halkin in London’s Belgravia, and the Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok. All three properties feature Michelin-starred chefs and a contemporary aesthetic and exceptional service. The lively Metropolitan hotels also house the world-famous Met Bars.
Island Resorts: COMO’s private resorts offer powder-white beaches and some of the world’s best diving. The understated style and laid-back nature of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos and Cocoa Island in the Maldives belie the exacting service that has become a COMO hallmark. World-class cuisine and comprehensive wellness treatments and activities at COMO Shambhala Retreats complete COMO’s approach to a perfect beach holiday.
Adventure Retreats: The Uma properties in Paro in Bhutan and Ubud in Bali unveil local culture, nature, and religious and folkloric traditions. Specialist guiding, treks and tours, physical activities and tailor-made programmes ensure memorable insights into some of the world’s most unique locations. Intimate and relaxed, the Uma properties reference local design and cuisine while providing an unmistakeably COMO experience.
Wellness Resorts: COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is a sanctuary for holistic wellness. Expert staff are goal-oriented, relevant and realistic in their consultative approach. Each guest’s individual needs and ambitions determine the programme of nutrition, exercise, therapies and activities. Facilities and tropical villa-style accommodation are impeccably appointed.