After 18 successful years, multi-award winning
chef David Thompson is set to conclude his involvement with Nahm, the
restaurant he created with Como Hotels.
David took the decision to leave Nahm last
year in order to continue his work exploring and protecting the
history and legacy of Thai food and flavours and to pursue new
opportunities through Aylmer Aaharn, the Thai food group he
co-founded in 2014.
Chef David Thompson, who was presented a
lifetime achievement award in 2016 for his dedication to Thai food
culture at Asia's 50 Best, has left Nahm at a point of excellence.
The restaurant has remained on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list
for 7 consecutive years and was recently awarded a Michelin star
in Bangkok's inaugural year of the guide.
David Thompson said, “Nahm grew into an
extraordinary restaurant with its success acknowledged in so many
ways. I believe that this has been due to the hard work and talent
of all those involved, but most particularly the staff. For me,
the most rewarding aspect is that Nahm has been a happy
restaurant. Even as Nahm’s reputation grew, refined its service
and succeeded as a business, the restaurant always retained its
sense of sanuk; the pleasure in looking after customers. 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
Nahm opened at COMO’s Halkin Hotel in
London to immediate critical success and was awarded a Michelin
star within six months. David received the ‘London Chef of the
Year’ award at the Carlton Evening Standard Food Awards in 2003.
Throughout this time David worked on his highly regarded cookbook,
Thai Food, which provides a comprehensive overview of Thai
cuisine, features over 300 recipes, and has won an extensive array
of celebrated book awards. David opened the current Nahm
restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok in 2011, again
with the COMO Group.
Aylmer Aaharn, the Thai food group headed by
David Thompson, currently manages operations across six countries
including Thailand and Australia.
The final dinner service under Chef David
Thompson will take place today, 30 April 2018.