Mumbai, November 16: You've really got to love what you do, and you've got to put in everything that you have to the job… says Mumbai-born Thailand-based chef Garima Arora whose 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 was is one of the most high-end restaurants in the world today, Noma.