Nine chefs representing eight countries will take over Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel for seven days at the 17th annual World Gourmet Festival, which takes place from 19 – 25 September 2016. The week-long event will include a Champagne journey in the hotel’s lobby featuring six prestigious houses, sake and cocktail master classes, a perfume pairing event and will finish in style with a Sunday Brunch like no other.
Each chef has been hand selected from San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and will take over one of Anantara Siam’s award-winning restaurants for lavish dinners, each enhanced with a curated selection of wine, sake or spirits. We highlight some of the most anticipated chefs of the festival:
Chef Mauro Colagreco – Founder and chef at the two-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur, Menton, France.
In 2006 Chef Colagreco opened his own restaurant, Mirazur, and just over a year later he earned his first Michelin star. In 2009 Mirazur became officially one of the premier restaurants in the world, listed on the infamous San 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. Through his personal interpretations of ingredients and flavour combinations, Mauro Colagreco has forged a style of his own. He has absorbed his Italian-Argentinian cultural heritage and that of the chefs with whom he trained. His cuisine is inspired by three themes: sea; gardens; mountains.
Chef Mauro Colagreco makes Madison restaurant his own for exclusive set-dinners on 23 and 24 September. Nightly, each of his five sumptuous courses will be paired with Champagne or wine, and are sure to bring a piece of Mirazur to Anantara Siam. Nightly seating at 7:00 pm | THB 6,900++ per person including wine pairing.
Bobby Chinn – Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality and Cookbook Author
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 before finally settling 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. 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). In 2014 Bobby moved to London, where he created the modern Vietnamese concept when he launched The House of Ho in the city. Since 2012 he has acted as ambassador to the WWF, promoting sustainable seafood production, and in July 2014 was appointed Tourism Ambassador for Vietnam in Europe.
Described by Anthony Bourdain as, “An interesting man – if there’s a true international man of mystery, it’s probably Bobby Chinn. He’s kind of like Rick in Casablanca – the man knows his stuff.” No stranger to the lime light, he takes over Aqua bar and lounge with his band on the evening of 24 September (9:00 pm to midnight) and is the headline act at the World Gourmet Festival’s annual closing ceremony and Sunday Brunch on 25 September.
Sunday Brunch is available from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm | THB 4,500++ per person including free-flow Champagne and entertainment.
Ana Roš – Co-Owner and Chef at Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
Working in the family restaurant of Hiša Franko, overlooking the sloping hills of the Slovenian countryside, is Ana Roš, a one-of-a-kind chef – who, by stretching her imagination through the exploration of the beautiful local landscapes Slovenian countryside, has developed her own unique cusine. 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. There, her stoves have been manned by Michelin-starred chefs, such as Mauro Colagreco. 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 environmental and cooking initiative.
This year she was profiled on the American documentary series Chef’s Table from Netflix productions, currently nominated across four categories in the 2016 Emmy Awards. Each episode highlights personal profiles of the world’s most renowned chefs.
Spice Market restaurant becomes Chef Ana Roš’ playground for two nights, 23 and 24 September. Her fresh style and locally Thai-sourced ingredients come to life, seamlessly enhanced by impecabble wine pairing. Nightly seating at 7:00 pm | THB 6,900++ per person, including wine pairing.
Dharshan Munidasa – Founder and Chef of Ministry of Crab, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Chef Dharshan founded Nihonbashi and the Ministry of Crab, two of Sri Lanka’s most successful restaurants, with both appearing on San Pellegrino’s 2016 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. 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 emphasising the use of fresh produce and guaranteeing the quality of all his dishes.
Boasting of having never received an education in cuisine, Chef Dharshan Munidasa brings his innate talent and techniques to Spice Market restaurant for a seven-course dinner on 19 and 20 September. Nightly seating at 7:00 pm | THB 5,000++ per person, including alcohol.
Five more world class chefs will be appearing throughout the week of World Gourmet Festival including:
- Chef Anthony Genovese, Il Pagliaccio, Rome – Italy (2 Michelin Star)
- Chef Kanesaka Shinji, Shinji by Kanesaka – Raffles, Singapore (2 Michelin Star)
- Chef Hideaki Sato, Ta Vie, Hong Kong (1 Michelin Star)
- Chef Josean Alija, Nerua Restaurant from Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain (1 Michelin Star)
- Chef Marco Stabile, Ora d’Aria at Florence, Italy (1 Michelin Star)
Reservations for all dinners during the 17th World Gourmet Festival are essential, and can be made directly at the hotel or through WorldGourmetFestivalAsia.com. Bookings made prior to 1 September are eligible for early bird discount. Spread the word with #WGFA16.