Chef Ton at The Leela Ambience Gurugram

The Leela Ambience Gurugram presents a Michelin starred experience with Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn in collaboration with culinary culture

An exclusively curated pop-up with Chef Ton, rated as the only Chef in Asia to have two of his restaurants featured on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

India, 24th January 2023: The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, in collaboration with Culinary Culture has curated an experiential dining pop-up with Thai Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn, popularly known as Chef Ton - from the Michelin star restaurant Le Du in Bangkok.

The pop-up dinners are scheduled to take place on 27th and 28th January 2023 where Chef Ton will be showcasing an exclusive gastronomic repertoire of his modern Thai signature dishes with an 8-course menu paired with exciting cocktails, at Zanotta.

Known as the most famous Thai Chef in the world, Chef Ton runs restaurants such as Le Du (1 Michelin Star and #4 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022), as well as Nusara (#10 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022) making him the only Thai chef that has 2 restaurants on the prestige of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Chef Ton is also the celebrity chef judge on Top Chef Thailand, one of the most popular cooking shows in the region. 

He puts a creative spin on Thai dishes which highlight local seasonal ingredients that are blended with flavour and zest. Moreover, Chef Ton is an advocate of all things local and sustainable that echoes with the same values, culture, and commitment of The Leela. 

Mr. Ashish Bhasin, Director – F&B Service and Culinary, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences said, “We are extremely elated to bring Chef Ton onboard for this exclusive pop-up to showcase his culinary mastery at our hotel. We are sure that our guests will enjoy this Michelin Star culinary extravaganza, complemented with The Leela signature hospitality.”

Speaking on this association, Mr. Raaj Sanghvi, CEO, Culinary Culture said, “We’re thrilled to bring Chef Ton and his amazing team from Bangkok to Gurugram for the first time, he is doing a very exciting menu and the dinners have had an overwhelming response. We are grateful to The Leela Ambience Gurugram as well as our long-standing partner Diageo who have made this event possible!”

Chef Ton shared, “Namaste India, I am excited to be a part of the Culinary Culture pop-up for the very first time in collaboration with The Leela Ambience Gurugram. It is my first time in Delhi NCR and I am looking forward to bringing my favourite recipes to the plates and hope the guests enjoy my signature menu as much as I enjoyed cooking it for them.”

Spread across 2 days, this experiential pop-up dinner will be a great melting pot of flavours and cultures over an exotic dining experience and wonderful conversations. 

With limited seats available, guests can reserve their experience for this extraordinary event at INR 9999 plus taxes per person (alcoholic).

To reserve your experience or for more information, contact: 

Ritika Paffett
Complex Marketing and Communications Manager, The Leela Ambience Gurugram and The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi
Tel: (91-124) 477-1161/ Mobile: +91 9891401956 


About Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn
Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn is the rising young chef and is running one of the most exciting kitchens in Bangkok, Le Du (1 Michelin Star and #4 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022), as well as Nusara (#10 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022), making him the only Thai chef that has 2 restaurants on the prestige of Asia’s 50 best restaurants list. Thitid has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, The Modern and Jean Georges. Not only does he has passion in food, but his enthusiasm in wine also led him to become a Certified Sommelier (CS) from the respect Court of Master Sommelier. He has brought home experiences and vision to elevate Thai cuisine and give it a stand among world’s leading cuisines. 

About The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences 
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts marked its foray in Northern India with its maiden property - The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences in 2009 at the gateway business district of Delhi, NCR. Located at a convenient 15 minutes’ drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, The Leela Ambience Gurugram offers 321 luxuriously appointed guestrooms & suites and 90 luxury residences, in configuration of one, two and three bedroom options. The hotel features three restaurants and a bar: Spectra – 24 hours, multi-cuisine restaurant with 7 show kitchens; Diya – Pan-Indian Specialty Restaurant and Zanotta, an authentic Italian Specialty Restaurant, Rubicon Bar & Cigar lounge- stylish & contemporary bar with cigar lounge. Situated in a business hub, the hotel offers banqueting space of 35,000 sq ft including pillar less ballrooms, board rooms and meeting rooms. The hotel offerings also include 20,000 sq ft of space at The Leela Spa and Salon & a state-of-the-art gymnasium. 

About Culinary Culture
Founded in 2019 by Sameer Sain, Co-founder and CEO of the Everstone Group and Vir Sanghvi, India’s leading food authority, Culinary Culture is a movement that encompasses all aspects of the food space in India. It is the country’s only authoritative, independent rating organisation, awarding stars to restaurants. It also recognises and rewards India’s best chefs and street food artists. It organises global culinary exchanges, bringing the world’s greatest chefs to cook in India and sending Indian chefs to cook at the best restaurants in the world. 

Instagram: @CulinaryCultureCo

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About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund and operates eleven award-winning properties in major cities and leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship hotel in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Mumbai, Gandhinagar and now Kovalam.  The Leela celebrates each hotel through its unique location, art, culture and cuisine with thoughtful services, celebratory rituals, and immersive experiences. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts was voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand twice in a row by Travel + Leisure, USA, World’s Best Awards Survey, 2020 and 2021.  The brand is well poised to embrace the next phase in its growth trajectory with upcoming projects which includes a leisure resort in Ashtamudi in Kerala. An epitome of true Indian luxury hospitality, The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. The brand has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.

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