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World Gourmet Festival Comes of Age with Culinary Firsts and Unique Local Flair

Prepare your palate for the gastronomic festivities this November when Bangkok’s oldest international culinary spectacular returns to one of the capital’s most exclusive addresses for a landmark 21st year.

From 4th to 8th November 2020, a star-studded line-up of extraordinary Thailand-based chefs – some of whom count among the world’s leading chefs – will gather under one roof at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel for a celebration of outstanding cuisine and superb wines.

Expect exciting culinary firsts; unique Thai and western collaborations; Bangkok’s longest Sunday Brunch; and an extraordinary gastronomic and cultural journey around the world by people less fortunate than us that will benefit them directly.

Confirmed to participate in the 21st World Gourmet Festival are:

  • Gaggan Anand: Gaggan Anand Restaurant, Bangkok (formerly 2 Michelin stars)
  • Amerigo Sesti: J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, Bangkok (1 Michelin star)
  • Garima Arora: Gaa, Bangkok (1 Michelin star)
  • Inoue Manabu: Ginza Sushi Ichi, Bangkok (1 Michelin star)
  • Andy Ricker: Pok Pok, Portland, USA (formerly 1 Michelin star)
  • Vichit Mukura and Kewalin Pitthayanukul: Royal Osha, Bangkok (Michelin Plate)
  • Alessio Banchero: Biscotti, Bangkok (Michelin Plate)
  • Choy Ped Yang: Street vendor, Bangkok (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
  • Kawaguchi Daiki: Ginza Tenharu, Bangkok
  • Pisit ‘Jino’ Jinopong and Rick Dingen: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Thailand
  • Yaowarat Toasted Bread: Street vendor, Bangkok
  • Ni-Ang Nam Kaeng Sai: Street vendor, Bangkok
  • Sarinthip Thai Crispy Crepe: Street vendor, Bangkok
  • Na Projects Group: Five families from Ethiopia; Pakistan; Palestine; Sri Lanka; and Vietnam

A much-anticipated and unexpected gastronomic highlight during this year’s festival, on Friday, 6th November 2020, Gaggan Anand will present a culinary first for the four-time Asia’s 50 Best topper when he prepares a once off eighteen-course Escoffier menu.  The former two-Michelin-starred chef who has dreamed about mastering the art of classic French cuisine since he graduated from culinary school more than twenty years ago, said, “Till today no one knows how bad or good I am with French food, so I want to challenge myself to create what Gaggan Anand is famous for – to be a rebel, to provoke and disrupt.”

In another culinary first for both chefs and their restaurants, one-Michelin-starred chef Inoue Manabu from Ginza Sushi Ichi and Kawaguchi Daiki from from Ginza Tenharu will partner to present their signature dishes of sashimi, nigiri and tempura on one menu on Saturday, 7th November 2020.

On Wednesday, 4th November 2020, five refugee families from Ethiopia; Pakistan; Palestine; Sri Lanka; and Vietnam will present an extraordinary culinary and cultural journey around the world when they prepare a feast of traditional dishes from their home countries.  Refugees arrive to Thailand as a layover awaiting settlement to a new country that sometimes takes up to ten years.  At the Na Projects Group at Na Café at Bangkok 1899, legal refugees who are temporarily stuck here due to the pandemic are finding a platform for vocational training programmes for at-risk youth and training and workshops for urban refugees to become baristas and cooks, amongst others.  All proceeds from this dinner will be paid to the five families.

Continuing the crowd pleaser tradition that was started during last year’s event, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ enviable status as the best city in the world for street food on Sunday, 8th November 2020 when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in food stalls strewn around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard during the hugely popular World Gourmet Festival Brunch.  Expect Michelin Bib Gourmand Choy Ped YangYaowarat Toasted BreadNi-Ang Nam Kaeng Sai; and Sarinthip Thai Crispy Crepe.  Diners can also indulge in many of the dishes featured throughout the Festival alongside top dishes prepared by one-Michelin-starred chef Garima Arora from GAA.  The World Gourmet Festival Brunch, Bangkok’s longest Sunday Brunch, will flow from 11.30am to 5pm and Anantara’s Kids’ Club will entertain the young ones while parents feast.

The 21st World Gourmet Festival is a proud supporter of HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund.  A portion of each dinner ticket sold will be donated to the Fund.  The donation campaign was initiated with the key objective to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Since 2000, the Festival generated almost THB 15,000,000 for the charity.

Reservations for the 21st World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are essential and can be made by contacting 0 2126 8866 ext. 1201, email wgf.asia@anantara.com or visiting www.worldgourmetfestival.asia, where detailed information and prices of all the events are available.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Amazing World Gourmet Festival accommodation package offers gourmands a sumptuous opportunity to experience a culinary feast by extraordinary Thailand-based chefs.  All diners who purchase dinner tickets at this year’s Festival can stay over at Anantara Siam on the night of their dinner or brunch, starting from THB 1,500 net in a Deluxe Room; THB 3,000 net in a Siam Suite; and THB 6,000 net in an One-Bedroom Suite.  The rates include breakfast for up to two people sharing a room and are available upon request.  For more information about this special offer or to make a reservation, please contact Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on email reservations.asia@anantara.com or telephone 0 2126 8866.

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