Asia’s Best Female Chef award celebrates the work of an exceptional female chef whose cooking excites the toughest of critics
Thai-born Duongporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava, Progressive co-owner of Bangkok’s bold Bo.lan, completed a Masters in Thai Gastronomy at the University of Adelaide, Australia, before returning to her homeland to hone her skills alongside Amanda Gale at Cyan at The Metropolitan Bangkok. There, a chance introduction to Australian Thai food expert David Thompson would prove a pivotal moment in her career. While working at his Michelin-starred Nahm restaurant in London, Songvisava rediscovered Thai cooking and – as importantly – met her future husband and business partner, the American chef Dylan Jones.
This Bangkok culinary power couple now run Bo.lan, a progressive Thai restaurant which boldly puts seasonality and authenticity ahead of avant-garde techniques and Western influences. Such is Bo’s dedication to preserving the rich culinary landscape of her homeland, she also hosts the television show Eat, Am, Are on Thai PBS, which encourages people to eat well and safeguard local food wisdom.