Garima Arora

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A brief biography

2018: first Indian woman to get Michelin star

November 15, 2018: The Times of India

The bar table in Mumbai-born Thailand-based chef Garima Arora’s GAA restaurant in Bangkok became a makeshift beer pong table in celebration of a rare honour. On November 14, it became the first restaurant helmed by an Indian woman chef to be awarded the prestigious Michelin star. GAA’s maiden star helps it earn a proud place in The Michelin Guide Thailand 2019.

Growing up in Mumbai, Arora would sample various exotic foods her father brought back from his travels. Arora studied mass media at Jai Hind College and worked as a pharma journalist before leaving to pursue her culinary dreams. After a stint at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she moved to Dubai for two years and then worked in Copenhagen for three years at what is one of the most high-end restaurants in the world, Noma.

Arora worked with celebrated names such as René Redzepi, Gordon Ramsay and Gaggan Anand. A year at Gaggan Anand’s restaurant in Bangkok called Gaggan that has held the number one spot among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for the last seven years running led her to build her own venture. Since then, Gaggan the chef and Garima have partnered in the restaurant Gaa in the heart of Bangkok.

She acknowledged them all in her Instagram message on November 14: “A shout out to the 30 most amazing people I have met over the past year and a half. Each one of them persevered, believed and always showed up. To each member of team Gaa, a big thank you and congratulations now let’s beer pong”.

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