The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised a “Discover Amazing Thai Taste with Celebrity Chef” culinary journey, hosting Michelin Star Chef Roger van Damme to explore Thai gastronomy experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Bangkok.
Chef Roger van Damme is also the World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017. His journey in Thailand, from 25 February to 7 March, this year, was also filmed for Belgium’s regional television broadcaster ATV’s ‘Culinair Avontuur in Thailand’ show.
During the trip, Chef Roger van Damme tried his hand at cooking several Thai dishes and desserts; such as, Khao Soi (curried noodles), Krathong Thong (crispy golden pastry cups filled with minced pork and sweet corn), Khao Niao Mamuang (sweetened sticky rice with ripe mango), and Khanom Krok (Thai coconut pudding). He also learned how local Northern Thai snacks, including Khap Mu (crispy pork rind) and Khao Tan (crispy rice cracker) are made.
Northern Thailand is famous for unique agricultural methods and its cold climate crops, and Chef Roger had the chance to learn about rice farming in Chiang Mai, tea planting in Chiang Rai, and fruits and vegetables farming at high elevations.