Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards honours Japanese chef

  • February 13, 2019

Acclaimed Japanese chef Seiji Yamamoto is the inaugural winner of the prestigious American Express Icon Award. A new addition to the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards programme, the American Express Icon Award celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry worthy of international recognition, whether over their career to date or in recent years, leading them to reach the status of culinary icons.

The award is voted for by the 300-plus members of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Academy. Each voter’s choice can be based on specific projects and achievements, or on an individual’s overall influence and cumulative success.


The recipient of multiple honours, including three Michelin stars, Yamamoto’s restaurant Nihonryori RyuGin placed No.41 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list and has ranked within the top 10 of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for six consecutive years.


Chef Yamamoto will receive the American Express Icon Award at the seventh annual ceremony to celebrate Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at Wynn Palace in Macao. To see more details on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process, visit

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