(CNN) — Chef Garima Arora just became the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star.
One popular dish on her tasting menu brings together grilled unripe jackfruit, roti and homemade pickles. Another combines blue crab and macadamia milk.
“It’s like that feeling of eating at someone’s home,” Arora said in an interview with the BBC after Michelin’s announcement. “We’re trying to elevate that experience and make our guests happy.”
Arora grew up in Mumbai and drew inspiration early on from her Punjabi family, particularly her father, who loved bringing home exotic foods.
She started her career as a journalist but was quickly drawn to cooking. She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris before working her way through stints with the U.K.’s Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, and Indian chef Gaggan Anand.
Gaggan and Gaa are now two of 27 Michelin-starred restaurants in Bangkok and Phuket recognized in the new guide. Ten new spots made the list including Gaa, Canvas, PRU and Suan Thip.
“This year’s guide is a reflection of the growing talent in Thailand’s culinary scene with many new restaurants added to the selection, including 13 specializing in Thai food, reinforcing Thailand’s reputation as a go-to destination for gastronomy,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, in a statement on their website.