One of the missions which resonates the expertise of Dusit Thani College as Thailand’s leading higher education in hospitality businesses under Dusit International is academic services. The college has played an important role as a quality assessment and selection committee in scanning Thai restaurants throughout Thailand for their quality, from flavor, ingredients, to services and decoration, deserving a mark of Thai SELECT.
Ajarn Korakot Montrisuksirikul, Dusit Thani College’s Associate Rector for College Operations, is invited annually to be one of the assessors as she possesses mastery of food business in all dimensions. In this year, there were 355 Thai restaurants from all over the country applying for the assessment. The results showed that 140 of all applicants passed the criteria of Thai SELECT which would be granted awards in 3 categories – 5 restaurants receiving Thai SELECT SIGNATURE award, 4 restaurants receiving Thai SELECT UNIQUE award, and 131 restaurants receiving Thai SELECT CLASSIC award. The restaurants which meet the criteria of Thai SELECT will be given a mark of certification to guarantee the authenticity of Thai flavor, the selection of high-quality local ingredients, the comprehensive hygiene, refined decoration that reflects unique Thai cultures, and professional services.
This has been the 6th year of the initiative since Thai SELECT was established following the Ministry of Commerce’s policy to drive Thai cuisine to the world’s kitchen. The project represents Thai cuisine as a medium which stirs interested tourists from around the world to visit Thailand and spreads its popularity worldwide. Therefore, the mark is given not only to qualified restaurants in Thailand, but also to Thai restaurants globally. In this year, there were other several counterparts than Dusit Thani College joining the selection process e.g. Tourism Authority of Thailand, THAI Catering Department, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, Wandee Culinary Technological College, Thailand Chefs Association, and Makro Horeca Academy.