Thailand’s 17th World Gourmet Festival set for success with international culinary stars

Thailand’s 17th World Gourmet Festival set for success with international culinary stars


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Bangkok, 26 August, 2016 – An impressive line-up of leading international chefs will be gathering in the Thai capital for the 17th World Gourmet Festival. The annual event will be hosted at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel from 19 – 25 September, 2016.

Since its inception, the World Gourmet Festival has grown in prominence to feature an extraordinary line-up of some of the best chefs, winemakers and food experts from across the globe. They assemble under one roof for a weeklong celebration of outstanding cuisine and superb wines.

This year, the full line up of chefs at the 17th Annual World Gourmet Festival, are from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 by San Pellegrino.

The event is coordinated and overseen by Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Executive Chef Nicolas Schneller, along with Shintaro Chef Satoshi Sawada, Biscotti Chef Daniele Bettini, Madison Chef Anchalee Ponrungsit and Spice Market Chef Warinthorn Sumrithphon. It is presented in association with Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia.

Each guest chef will host two evenings in one of the Hotel’s award-winning restaurants. This year’s World Gourmet Festival will see the introduction of an exclusive sake tasting and pairing with Thai dishes event with the sake master from the Miyasaka Brewing Company. Additional events to be added this year include Parfum Berger, a new concept combining classic fragrance matching with excellent wines and unique dishes. A Cocktail Master Class, Gin Master Class and Blue Friday with Johnnie Walker Blue Label will also be introduced at this year’s festival.

The hugely famous World Gourmet Brunch – one of the most popular events of the festival – will take place on the last day of the event on Sunday, 25 September. This is the last chance to sample their creations, and offers more availability than the exclusive dinner events. The inimitable Chef Bobby Chinn, renowned TV personality from Hanoi, will entertain diners at this event.

The event will support the various projects under the auspices of the Thai Red Cross Society. Proceeds from the auction held throughout the week and the 600 Baht per dinner ticket sold will be donated to the charity.

The 17th World Gourmet Festival is held in partnerships with Emirates Airlines, the airline sponsor who has supported air tickets for the chefs, as well as Citibank N.A., Mercedes Benz (Thailand) Ltd. and the Tourism Authority of Thailand for their monetary support; and the official media partners, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia Magazine, Prestige and Hello Magazine.

Guests can make reservations for the 17th Annual World Gourmet Festival before 1 September and enjoy an early bird offer from 10-15 per cent discount> For more information, contact: Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel at Tel: +66 (0) 2 126 8866 or e-mail: wgf.asia@anantara.com or visit siam-bangkok.anantara.com or www.worldgourmetfestivalasia.com

Chefs’ profiles:
Chef Anthony Genovese
Italian chef at Two-Michelin Star Restaurant Il Pagliaccio, Rome – Italy

Originally born in France with South-Italian origins, Genovese started his career in France, working in the two Michelin-starred Château Eza Restaurant on the French Riviera. He also worked in several two and three Michelin-starred restaurants while he lived in France and Italy, and spent several years at three Michelin-star Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. He then became Head Chef at Enoteca Pinchiorri in Tokyo for a year.

Upon his return in 2003, he settled his restaurant Il Pagliaccio, in an 18th century house in Rome, and soon received two Michelin stars. A gifted cook, genius and generous, Anthony Genovese named his restaurant after the opera Pagliacci by Leoncavallo. “Clowns, just as cooks, Genovese says, are always in the spotlight, in representation, and have to be the best, no matter what is behind the mask.”

Chef Kanesaka Shinji
Two-Michelin Star Chef of SHINJI BY KANESAKA

As the first premium sushi restaurant from Tokyo’s Ginza district in Japan and the first outlet in Greater China by sushi maestro Shinji Kanesaka, Shinji by Kanesaka at Crown Towers, City of Dreams, delights sushi aficionados who are looking for the most authentic and the finest omakase (chef’s selection) experience in town. The restaurant joined the ranks of Michelin-starred establishments in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016 after only nine months of operation.

Chef Kanesaka is one of the most celebrated and youngest sushi chefs in Japan, having launched his first outlet “Sushi Kanesaka” at the age of 28 in the highly competitive Ginza district in 2000, after a decade of rigid training at Kyubey, one of the oldest and highly-regarded sushi establishments in the capital of Japan. Sushi Kanesaka has been on the Michelin awarded list since 2008, and was one of just 22 Michelin-star awarded sushi restaurants in Tokyo in 2015. The restaurant is considered a sushi Mecca by his legion of fans, which include country leaders and international celebrities as well as famed Kabuki actors and actresses.

Chef Mauro Colagreco
Argentine chef at the two-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France

As a newly qualified chef, Colagreco headed to France and worked with Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard at L’Arpège, Alain Ducasse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée before finally spending a year at Le Grand Véfour. All of them three Michelin stars Chefs. Colagreco, then established Mirazur in Menton and just six months later received the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award, a brand new category to recognise his merits from Gault & Millau. Less than a year later, he had earned his first Michelin star. Mirazur became officially one of the premier restaurants in the world listed in The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In the same year, Colagreco was also awarded “Chef of the Year” by the prestigious Gault & Millau restaurant guide.

Chef Hideaki Sato
1-Michelin Star Chef at Ta Vie, Hong Kong

Japanese born chef Hideaki Sato launched his restaurant Ta Vie, where he wanted to apply Japanese cuisine philosophy to French cuisine. Despite having over ten years of experience in French cuisine, Chef Sato found himself increasingly drawn towards his native Japanese cuisine. With this new direction, he was able to make the move to the 3-Michelin starred restaurant Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo. He worked 3 years under the careful guidance of Chef Seiji Yamamoto, and in June 2012, he was chosen to come to Hong Kong and lead the first overseas branch of Ryugin, Tenku Ryugin.

Chef Sato gained an impressive 2 Michelin stars within just 6 months of the opening of Tenku Ryugin. In 2014, the restaurant made it onto the coveted San Pellegrino list of Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants. In 2015, he opened Ta Vie where he is creating his unique dishes through his diverse culinary backgrounds, French and Japanese, sourcing and incorporating Asian ingredients and products into his cooking. He also gained Ta Vie’s first Michelin star in the same year. In 2016, Ta Vie is ranked on the list of Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants.

Chef Josean Alija
1-Michelin Star Spanish Chef of NERUA Restaurant from Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

In 2009, Alija was acknowledged as the Best International Chef by Identità Golose and one year later he received the Award for Conceptual Innovation. In 2011, Nerua received its first star in the Michelin Guide and 3 Suns in the Repsol Guide. The International Academy of Gastronomy also awarded him the Prix du Chef de L’Avenir in 2011 (The Chef of the Future Award). Cuaderno Matoses selected Nerua as the second best restaurant in 2014, after visiting over 350 restaurants in more than 20 countries. They also named Josean Alija as the Best Chef of the Year. In 2015, the prestigious magazine Restaurant included Nerua for the first time on its list of the world’s 100 best restaurants, and in 2016 Nerua rose to number 55 on the prestigious selection.

Chef Marco Stabile
1-Michelin Star Chef from “Ora d’Aria” at Florence, Italy

Marco Stabile is a young chef from Pontedera, Tuscany, who has quickly risen to prominence in Italy. He developed his skill for subtle invention whilst working in some of Italy’s finest kitchens, including the famed “Baghino” in Prato, “Il Salotto del Chianti”, the Antinori-owned “Osteria di Passignano”, the Beringer Blass-managed “Cavaliere del Castello di Gabbiano”, “Il Paese dei Campanelli” and “Il Chiasso dei Portici” to name just a few. His final stepping stone before opening Ora d’Aria, where he is both resident head chef and co-owner, was his work at “Arnolfo” in 2 Michelin-star, Colle di Val d’Elsa. Marco is also an occasional teacher at some of the Italy’s most celebrated culinary schools; such as, those in Jesi, Montecatini Terme and “Accademia del Gusto” in Arezzo. He also remains a committed supporter and collaborator with the prestigious “Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe” group.

Chef Ana Ros
Chef at Hisa Franko from Kobarid, SLOVENIA

In the heart of Europe lies the small country of Slovenia. With lush Alpine valleys dotted, vast green meadows and sparklingly clean rivers and lakes, the country has recently emerged as a top travel destination. Working in the family restaurant of Hisa Franko, overlooking the sloping hills of the Slovenian countryside is Ana Ros, a one of a kind chef – who, by stretching her imagination through the exploration of the beautiful Slovenian countryside, has developed her own unique cuisine. Chef Ana is the co-owner of Hisa Franko, her husband Valter’s, familial guest house, in the alpine Soca Valley on the border of Italy. Her stoves there have been manned by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco while Chef Guzman landed in the Michelin-starred Septime kitchen in Paris. The flowery, herbal, yet delicate and precise nature of Chef Ana’s cooking has made her the only woman, so far, to have joined the Cook it Raw group of chefs.

Chef Dharshan Munidasa
Ministry of Crab, Sri Lanka

Chef Dharshan founded Nihonbashi and the Ministry of Crab, two of Sri Lanka’s most successful restaurants, with both appearing on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Dharshan also received the similar honour from ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ that ranked both Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab on their prestigious list. In 2014, he began Kaema Sutra, a contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine restaurant that draws inspiration from traditional Sri Lankan food, stemming from local street fare. All of Dharshan’s restaurants have a strong ingredient focus, employing the use of fresh local produce alongside Japanese culinary principles. Two of his restaurants also employ a no-freezer policy emphasizing the use of fresh produce and guaranteeing the quality of all his dishes.

Bobby Chinn
TV Personality in Hanoi, Vietnam

Born in New Zealand to a Chinese father and Egyptian mother, Bobby Chinn has lived a very international life – educated in England, he worked in the USA (on both the east and west coasts), then travelled the world, and finally settled in Vietnam in 1996. Along the way he developed a passion for food and cooking as well as seeking authentic flavours from across the world and he is now a renowned master of modern, global cuisine. He opened two award-winning restaurants in Vietnam – Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh (2011), before closing them and relocating to London in 2014. Here, Bobby created the modern Vietnamese concept when he launched The House of Ho in the UK capital. He has also been the ambassador promoting Sustainable Seafood Production for the WWF since 2012, and was appointed Vietnam Tourism Ambassador in Europe, in July 2014.