Celebrity chefs delight guests with gastronomic specialities at TTM+2018 reception

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Pattaya, Chon Buri, 13 June, 2018 – Delegates to the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2018 got a unique surprise when they were treated to a range of specialty gastronomic delights prepared by six celebrity chefs in Thailand.

Thailand Travel Mart 2018 Openning Reception
From left: Chef Thaninthorn Chantrawan from Chim by Siam Wisdom; Chef Srirat Sripinyo from Sri Trat; Chef Napol Jantraget from ‘80/20’; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor; Chef Phanuphan Manthananonth from the Chefs’ Association of Pattaya City & East Coast; Chef Luca Appino from Pizza Massilia; and Chef Chaisiri Tassanaka john on behalf of Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn from BAAN.

The culinary fare charmed guests at the opening reception and made it an extraordinary event. It was followed by a VDO presentation on “Million Tastes of Thailand” and presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to the six celebrity chefs:

1)         Chef Thaninthorn Chantrawan from ‘Chim by Siam Wisdom’

2)         Chef Luca Appino from ‘Pizza Massilia’

3)         Chef Srirat Sripinyo from ‘Sri Trat’

4)         Chef Napol Jantraget from ‘80/20’

5)         Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn from ‘BAAN’

6)         Chef Phanuphan Manthananonth, Executive Chef and Vice President of the            Chefs’ Association of Pattaya City and the East Coast

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Although the focus theme of the TTM+2018 is a ‘Million Shades of Romance’, we felt it would be useful to surprise our guests and delight them with something extra special. It is not often receptions feature gastronomic creations by such exceptional personalities, and we were very pleased to work with them on this special occasion.”

Along with the Chefs Association of Pattaya City and the East Coast and local Pattaya street-food vendors, the variety of Thai traditional food and beverage served at the reception included such delicacies as Khao Man Kai (boiled chicken with rice), Thot Man Kung (Thai shrimp cake), Phat Thai, Khanom Chin Kaeng Pu (crab green curry with rice noodles), Ho Mok (Thai curried fish), Hoi Cho (deep fried crab balls), Mu Yang (roast pig), Khao Soi (Northern crispy noodles), Sai Ua (Northern sausage), Khao Niao Ma Muang (sticky rice with mango), Khanom Krok (Thai sweet with a choice of different fillings), Khao Niao Sangkhaya (sticky rice with custard), Thai iced tea and Thai beer.

The reception was held at the Cartoon Network Amazone Chon Buri, one of a range of family-oriented theme parks that have opened recently on the Eastern Seaboard. It included special performances by KAAN, Live Band Show by Tee, The Voice, Spin the Fire Show, Dj Orawan and Ft Chai Saxophone Show.

Thailand Travel Mart 2018 Opening Reception

The reception was attended by Mr. Ittipol Khunplome (in photo, centre), Vice Tourism and Sports Minister attached to the Prime Minister, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (right), Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT (2nd from right), Mr. Wittaya Khunplome (left), Chief Executive of Chon Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, and Mr. Pakathorn Tienchai (2nd from right), Governor of Chon Buri province.

Mr. Itthipol, who was born and brought up in Pattaya, told delegates: “I have seen my home province change phenomenally over the decades. As a two-term Mayor of Pattaya, I can also claim to have contributed to that change from a small fishing village to Thailand’s first beach resort for foreign visitors into a world famous resort city.  There have been many ups and downs, but today I am proud to say that Pattaya and its surrounding regions are recognised worldwide as a family destination.

“We cater to tourists of all shades, providing a safe, relaxing, fun–filled stay, world-class hotels, wide variety of local and international restaurants, as well as shopping centres and markets featuring local OTOP handicrafts to global luxury labels, and more than 30 international standard golf courses,” said Mr. Itthipol.

Mr. Yuthasak, TAT Governor, said: “After two years of holding the TTM+ in the Northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai, we thought it was time to shift the focus to the Eastern Seaboard region where many new tourism developments are taking place.

“Delegates will be able to see how the beautiful beaches, diversity of amenities and accommodation and ability to host large events can be combined to make Pattaya and the entire Eastern Seaboard an outstanding destination for leisure, romance, business, adventure travel, ecotourism and conventions.”

The TTM+ continues on 14 June with tabletop networking and business sessions between the buyers and sellers, as well as media briefings. It will end on 15 June.

*For a photo gallery of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2018 in Pattaya, click here.