David Thompson

NameDavid Thompson
RestaurantLong Chim
CityPerth, Sydney, Melbourne

Australian chef David Thompson discovered Thailand by “happy serendipity” when he took an unexpected detour whilst on holiday in the mid 80’s. This fated journey resulted in the beginning of his love affair with Thailand, its food culture and gastronomic history.

Initially he achieved success back home in Sydney in the 90’s, opening two popular critically acclaimed restaurants: Darley St Thai and Sailors Thai.  His research and connection with Thailand continued however, as did his love for the language and people and he began to study the historic language of Thailand, allowing him to tap into ancient recipes and deeper layers of Thai food culture.  In 2001 this research cumulated in Nahm, which opened in London.  Within six months it had achieved a Michelin star (the first Thai restaurant to do so) and enjoyed a successful reign.  In 2010 David took a decision to live in Thailand full time and opened Nahm in Bangkok. Nahm remains one of the greatest Thai restaurants in the world and remains a constant in the top 50 rankings of The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants.  In 2016 David Thompson was honored with a lifetime achievement award by The Worlds 50 Best, Asia, voted by his peers globally for his authenticity in his cooking and his dedication to his craft over the last 30 years.

In 2015 David arrived back in his native Australia with Long Chim (meaning to come sample and taste) his casual restaurant simply inspired by David’s love of Thai street food. “The streets of Bangkok are the part of Thai food culture I love the most.  You’ll find most Thais prefer to eat in the markets on the streets – and its where you’ll find me too” says Thompson.  His first Long Chim opened in Perth WA in November 2015, followed by Sydney in mid-2016, and Melbourne January 2017.