After the launch of the first Bangkok edition of the Michelin Guide last year, there is no doubt that the Thai capital is quickly beginning to take its rightful place on the international culinary stage. This September, an incredible line-up of thirteen chefs from twelve Michelin-starred restaurants will set to take over the city with the 19th World Gourmet Festival held at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
With chefs hailing from Korea and Portugal to the US and beyond, the week-long international culinary feast has quickly risen to prominence as a highly esteemed event in the calendar of any fine food lover. Bringing together some of the world’s best chefs, wine makers, and like-minded foodies under one roof, it’s a celebration of outstanding cuisines and superb wines right in the heart of the city.
Every evening, different chefs will be taking over the kitchen at each of the hotel’s four restaurants, providing a one-of-a-kind dining experience. For the first time in the festival’s history, guests will also be able to attend master cooking classes led by all visiting chefs, and gain an exclusive behind-the-scenes to see and taste exclusively prepared dishes from the World Gourmet Festival menu repertoire. With celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, sommelier Seju Yang, and London chocolatier Paul A Young making special appearances, it’s an unmissable occasion for any self-proclaimed gourmet.
Taking place from 3-9 September this year, bookings for the 19th World Gourmet Festival are essential, and can be made via the festival website, where a more detailed overview of events and prices is also available. As a quick sneak peek of what’s to come, click ahead for a roundup of the stellar chef line-up (and some of their signature dishes), and start making those reservations today.
Celebrity Chef Bobby Chin
Most famously known for his many TV shows on Discovery TLC and MBC, chef Bobby Chinn is also a restauranteur and cookbook author, with many fans across the globe. The chef has opened two award-winning restaurants in Vietnam, before being appointed Tourism Ambarassdor for Vietnam in Europe. Quickly becoming a Gourmet Festival tradition, chef Bobby Chinn will be hosting Diageo Night at the hotel’s Aqua Bar on Saturday 8 September.
Chocolatier Paul A Young
English chocolatier and pâtissier Paul A Young moved to London after completing his studies to work with Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Criterion. After opening several chocolateries in London, Paul has won many notable international titles, and serves as a judge in the Grand Jury of the Academy of Chocolate Awards. This year, the London chocolatier will be holding a chocolate masterclass on 4 and 5 September, and will host a chocolate afternoon tea every day from 6-9 September in the Anantara Siam lobby.
Sommelier Seju Yang
Seju Yang trained as a sommelier in New York, and has headed wine and beverage selections in highly acclaimed restaurants both in Tokyo and New York. Celebrated for his expertise in international wines, Yang has created and curated inspired wine lists, often sourcing bottles from across the globe. Featured by Zagat in their “30 Under 30” list, Seju Yang also received mention in the “World’s 50 Best Sommeliers of the World” list in Melbourne in 2017. He will be holding a sake masterclass on 6 September.
José Avillez from Belcanto in Lisbon, Portugal
Awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ by WINE magazine in 2015, chef José Avillez is currently the holder of two Michelin stars, and has worked with the likes of Alain Ducasse, Éric Fréchon, and Ferran Adrià. In 2008, he became the executive chef at Tavares restaurant in Lisbon, before opening Belcanto in 2012.
Chef Josè Avillez will be cooking on 3 and 4 September at Madison restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 3 September.
Bernard Bach from Le Puits Saint-Jacquis Restaurant in Toulouse, France
Hailing from a family of restauranteurs, chef Bernard Bach gained his first Michelin star in 1997, and his second in 2008. Settled in his home town close to Toulouse at Le Puits Saint-Jacquis Restaurant, the chef is celebrated for his simple yet wildly imaginative style of cooking, often with predominant respect for the seasons and his local producers.
Chef Bernard Bach will be cooking on 5 and 6 September at Madison restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 4 September.
Ryohei Hieda from Shoun RyuGin in Taipei, Taiwan
Chef Ryohei Hieda began his career at only 19 years old, gaining experience at some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, from Kyoto’s Gion Nakagawa, to Nihonryori RyuGin, to San Francisco’s Benu and Manresa. Chef Ryohei Hieda opened Shoun RyuGin upon the launch of the Michelin Guide in Taipei in 2018, and was awarded two Michelin stars. His restaurant is currently listed at No.47 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Chef Ryohei Hieda will be cooking on 3 and 4 September at Shintaro restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 6 September.
Jeong Ho Kim from Jungsik in Seoul, South Korea
Chef Jeong Ho Kim graduated from Korea’s Culinary Art & Science High School, before gaining experience at various restaurants switching between America and Korea. Working as part of the team for the opening of Jungsik NYC in 2009, he was later appointed Executive Chef here, and has been awarded two Michelin stars.
Chef Jeong Ho Kim will be cooking on 5 and 6 September at The Spice Market restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 5 September.
Martin Dalsass from Talvo by Dalsass in St. Moritz, Switzerland
Hailing from northern Italy, chef Martin Dalsass completed various apprenticeships in Paris and Switzerland, before opening his first solo venture Santabbondio, which was awarded a Michelin star. Awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ by Gault & Milau in 2001, chef Martin Dalsass later moved to the historic Talvo restaurant, and is most famously known for his use of olive oil instead of butter as the “Olive Oil Pope”.
Chef Martin Dalsass will be cooking on 7 and 8 September at Madison restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 6 September.
Alessandra del Favero & Oliver Piras from AGA Ristorante in San Vito di Cadore, Italy
Chef Alessandra del Favero grew up in Venice, working at various restaurants in Italy before opening AGA restaurant with chef Oliver Piras. Together, the two chefs have developed a menu that is focused on the land and local surroundings, using herbs from just outside their restaurant to garnish their dishes. In 2016, AGA was awarded a Michelin star.
Chefs Alessandra del Favero & Oliver Piras will be cooking on 5 and 6 September at Biscotti restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 4 September.
Srijith Gopinathan from TAJ Campton Place in San Francisco, USA
Influenced by the exotic spices of his childhood in Southern India, chef Srijith Gopinathan is at the forefront of a movement to take Indian cuisine to the next level. He is the Executive Chef of the two Michelin-starred Campton Place in San Francisco, drawing on many of his South Asian memories and influences to inspire his menus.
Chef Srijith Gopinathan will be cooking on 7 and 8 September at The Spice Market restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 7 September.
Shinji Ishida from Nogizaka Shin in Tokyo, Japan
Having trained in many fine traditional Japanese restaurants in Tokushima, chef Shinji Ishida joined Ginza Koju as Chef de Cuisine in 2011, before travelling to Paris to launch an international outpost of the same restaurant. He gained a Michelin star shortly after, and on returning to Japan in 2015, opened Nogizaka Shin. The restaurant was also awarded a Michelin star within six months of its opening.
Chef Shinji Ishida will be cooking on 7 and 8 September at Shintaro restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 6 September.
Han Li Guang from Labyrinth in Singapore
Chef Han Li Guang turned his back on a career in banking to pursue his true love for cooking, travelling the world and working in the most celebrated and respected kitchens before opening Labyrinth in 2014. Awarded “New Restaurant of the Year” by the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence in 2015, Labyrinth went on to receive a Michelin star in 2017.
Chef Han Li Guang will be cooking on 3 and 4 September at The Spice Market restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 5 September.
Giuseppe Iannotti from Krèsios in Naples, Italy
Dropping out of university to pursue a career in cooking, chef Giuseppe Iannotti opened his first restaurant, Krèsios, in 2007. Voted “Best Young Chef” by Le Guide de L’Espresso in 2012, he went on to win many accolades, as well as admission into the restaurant association, Le Soste, in 2013. Later that year, chef Giuseppe Iannotti received his first Michelin star.
Chef Giuseppe Iannotti will be cooking on 7 and 8 September at Biscotti restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 7 September.
Shinya Otsuchihashi from CRAFTALE in Tokyo, Japan
Chef Shinya Otsuchihashi has worked in many notable restaurants around the globe, from the three-Michelin-starred Le Chateau de Joel Robuchon to Restaurant Anis in Tokyo. In 2015, he opened CRAFTALE, a restaurant that gets its name from a creative mashup of ‘craft’ and ‘tale’. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star within two years of its opening.
Chef Shinya Otsuchihashi will be cooking on 5 and 6 September at Shintaro restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 6 September.
Luigi Taglienti from LUME in Milan, Italy
Beginning his career training under “Maestro” Ezio Santin, chef Luigi Taglienti was awarded ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by the I Ristoranti d’Italia de L’Espresso in 2009. Working with chef Giorgio Chiesa at Ristorante della Antiche Contrade, he was awarded a Michelin star in the same year. The chef opened LUME in Milan in 2016 and was awarded a Michelin star as well as the title of ‘Best new Restaurant in Europe 2017’ by Opinionated About Dining (OAD).
Chef Luigi Taglienti will be cooking on 3 and 4 September at Biscotti restaurant, and holding a masterclass on 3 September.