Japan has been announced as the host country for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The awards ceremony will be held on 24 March 2020 in the Saga Prefecture on Kyushu Island, with chefs and restaurateurs coming together to find out the top 50.

Asia’s 50 Best was held in Macao over the past two years but has made the move to Japan, with William Drew, director of content for Asia’s 50 Best, describing Saga as a location that’s steeped in tradition and nature.

“This area in Japan is home to rich culinary heritage and agricultural provenance. Attendees at this year’s awards ceremony will have an opportunity to visit idyllic rural destinations and experience a taste of Japan in its most authentic form.”

Along with the announcement of the 2020 list and associated awards, the festivities will also include #50BestTalks and a series of food and culture expeditions, which will give visitors the opportunity to experience everything Saga has to offer.

“Guests will also be able to try our famous nori (dried seaweed), our beef that is in the top class in Japan, our local sake that was crowned “Champion Sake”, and our beautiful ceramic ware,” says Yoshinori Yamaguchi, Governor of Saga Prefecture.

“These wares have over a 400-year history and are handmade to this day in unique and creative forms.”

There’s much buzz around which restaurant will be named #1, with Singapore’s Odette currently holding the top spot.


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