Every year, the world’s culinary scene absolutely basks in its much-deserved limelight at Anantara Siam Bangkok’s annual World Gourmet Festival – and this year is no exception.

World Gourmet Festival

Following the success of the 19 previous World Gourmet Festivals, the prestigious hotel situated amid the city centre is back to host the prime 20th edition of the event, packed with more robust culinary delights and surprises.

Featuring over 16 of the world’s most celebrated chefs, the culinary spectacle will offer five-starred meals that are the heights of taste and sophistication. The star-studded chef squad this year includes:

Wolfgang Becker: Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (2 Michelin stars)

World Gourmet Festival

Chef Pongtawat “Ian Kittichai” Chalermkittichai: Issaya Siamese Club, Thailand

World Gourmet Festival

Chef Roger Van Damme: Het Gebaar, Belgium (1 Michelin star)

World Gourmet Festival

Hervé Deville: Momo in London, United Kingdom

World Gourmet Festival
Alan Geaam: Alan Geaam in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)

World Gourmet Festival
Kai Ho: Taïrroir in Taipei, Taiwan (2 Michelin stars)

World Gourmet Festival
Chiho Kanzaki and Marcelo di Giacomo: Virtus in Paris, France (1 Michelin star)

Hideki Ii: Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)

Richie Lin: Mume in Taipei, Taiwan (1 Michelin star)

Angel Zapata Martin: Barrafina in London, United Kingdom (1 Michelin star)

Hajime Otowa and So Otowa: Ciel et Sol in Tokyo, Japan (1 Michelin star)

Rui Silvestre: Vistas in Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal (1 Michelin star)

Andrea Spagoni: BeefBar in Hong Kong (1 Michelin star)

Yoji Tokuyoshi: Tokuyoshi in Milan, Italy (1 Michelin star)

From 2-8 September, the seven-day event promises to bring a repertoire of only the best bites that will absolutely drive all you food aficionados crazy. Each chef will host two dinners over at the hotel’s stellar restaurants: Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market and Shintaro. All the visiting chefs will also host cooking classes where diners (and home cooks) will get an intimate insight into their favourite chefs’ personalities and cooking techniques.

And if you happen to be a food enthusiasts slash merit-making devotee, THB 600 per dinner ticket, as well as all proceeds from the auctions will go towards the HRH Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha HIV Prevention Fund. Those hankering to dine out for a good cause, this one is for you.

Yet not only does the annual festival celebrate international cuisines, but the World Gourmet Festival also praises the grass root of Thailand’s culinary scene: the street food culture. With a goal to promote Thailand’s street-side gastronomy, the festival will feature Bangkok’s popular street vendors at the Parichart Court’s open-air garden on 5 September, showcasing Siam’s unique eats that have totally brought Thai cuisine to the world stage.

Drooling already? Get ready to treat your taste buds with utter delights from the food created by renowned chefs from across the world. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel offers a package of THB 18,000 which includes accommodation per room per night, a scrumptious buffet breakfast, and, of course, a table for two at a guest chef’s dinner each night of the stay period, as well as a fifteen per cent discount for treatments at Anantara Spa.

If you only have the appetite for the dinner sessions and the cooking classes, click www.worldgourmetfestival.asia for detailed information of each day event and prices.

For more information, visit www.anantara.com/en/siam-bangkok/offers or email reservations.asia@anantara.com.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, +66 2 126 8866

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.