David Thompson leaves Nahm restaurant after 18 years

The chef is set to work on opportunities through Aylmer Aaharn, the Thai food group he co-founded in 2014
David Thompson.
David Thompson.

After 18 years, multi-award winning chef David Thompson has concluded his involvement with Nahm, the restaurant he created with Como Hotels.

His final dinner service was on April 30, 2018.

Thompson took the decision to continue his work exploring and protecting the history and legacy of Thai food and flavours and to pursue new opportunities through Aylmer Aaharn, the Thai food group he co-founded in 2014. This group currently manages operations across six countries including Thailand and Australia.


Nahm opened at Como’s Halkin Hotel in London and was awarded a Michelin star within six months. Thompson received the ‘London Chef of the Year’ award at the Carlton Evening Standard Food Awards in 2003. He opened the current Nahm restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel in Bangkok in 2011, again with the Como Group.

The restaurant has remained on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list for seven consecutive years and was recently awarded a Michelin star in Bangkok's inaugural year of the guide.

Thompson said in a statement: "Nahm grew into an extraordinary restaurant with its success acknowledged in so many ways. I believe that this has been due to the hard work and talent of all those involved, but most particularly the staff. For me, the most rewarding aspect is that Nahm has been a happy restaurant. Even as Nahm’s reputation grew, refined its service and succeeded as a business, the restaurant always retained its sense of sanuk; the pleasure in looking after customers.

"The application of culinary integrity in the kitchen was never to the cost of the joy in doing what we all loved. This is what I will always remember. It is a rare restaurant that can achieve all of this."

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