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Is Thai food the next big thing?

Don't be surprised to see more Thai influences in big cities like Sydney and Spain.

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With Asia’s 50 Best happening on Feb 29 in Bangkok this year, some of the world’s best chefs are headed to Northern Thailand to delve deeper into the country’s rich food traditions.

Among them are Joan Roca, chef-owner of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona which holds top spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and Peter Gilmore, chef-owner of award-winning Quay in Sydney.

(Related: Sam Aisbett, former head chef  right-hand man to Peter Gilmore at Quay, shares his list of best dining spots in Sydney.)

Roca is best known for his progressive techniques (think calamari injected with liquid nitrogen) while Gilmore’s respect for produce means fresh greens and meat served fancy. Both will be interacting with leading Thai chefs who will introduce them to the region’s flavours and local farmers.

It’s early days yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the next big trend involves incorporating Thai flavours in, say, Australian cuisine. Especially if big guns like Quay start the ball rolling.