Garima Arora’s culinary journey all began in her family’s humble kitchen in Mumbai, India. It started with watching her father’s joy as she watched him recreating dishes from his frequent travel. From that point on, she knew that she would one day open her own restaurant and it was only a matter of time.
Despite her love of food, it took her some time to return to the kitchen. She first enrolled at Jai Hind College where she graduated with a degree in Mass Media. Garima worked briefly as a journalist before returning to her culinary roots. She left Mumbai for Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu and since then never looked back.
In the last decade, Garima has worked alongside many world-renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay (2011) and René Redzepi (2013-2015). In the fall of 2015, she packed her bags once again and relocated to Bangkok to join the Gaggan restaurant group.
On April 1, 2017, Garima opened Restaurant Gaa in Bangkok. Her mission is to create a modern tasting menu by tapping into traditional Indian cooking techniques and applying them on humble local ingredients in Thailand.
In November 2018, Garima became the first Indian female chef to earn a Michelin star. Shortly after in February 2019, she was voted elit Vodka’s Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019. In March 2019, Restaurant Gaa made its debut on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No. 16, claiming the Highest New Entry Award.