Garima Arora

Garima Arora is the chef and co-owner of Restaurant Gaa in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mission is to create a completely unique dining experience to showcase the versatility and modern relevance of traditional Indian cooking techniques. Her culinary journey began in her family’s kitchen in Mumbai, watching her father cook.  

She obtained a degree in Mass Media and worked briefly as a journalist before returning to her culinary roots. She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and worked alongside many world-renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi and Gaggan Anand. She opened Restaurant Gaa in Bangkok on 1 April, 2017. In 2018, Arora became the first Indian female chef to earn a Michelin star. The following year, she was voted Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019 by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In March 2019, Restaurant Gaa made its debut on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No. 16 with the Highest New Entry Award. Arora is also the founder of Food Forward India.