International Women’s Day is upon us, and following the success of their first stellar Women in Gastronomy (WIG), Gastronauts Asia (Asia’s gastronomic event organiser) is delighted to present us the 2nd edition of the female chef-empowered event in collaboration with the Banyan Tree Bangkok this year.

Chef Cristina Bowerman

With the goal of empowering and promoting women in food and beverage, the two giants in food and hospitality are shaking up a special culinary symposium from 8-9 March. The two-day-only event is curated by Chef Cristina Bowerman of the Michelin-starred restaurant “Glass Hostaria” in Rome as part of International Women’s Day and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand.

Women in Gastronomy (WIG)

Featuring a lineup of far-famed female food personalities — such as Chudaree ‘Tam’ Debhakam, the first winner of Top Chef Thailand; Pichaya ‘Pam’ Utharantharm, judge from Top Chef Thailand; Nooror Somany-Steppe of Blue Elephant; Rungthiwa ‘Fae’ Chummonkhon from The Front Room; Renu Homsombat and Portntip Eumanan from Banyan Tree Bangkok; and Saki Hoshino of 80/20 Bangkok — the event will feature exclusive chef discussions, a Bangkok Street Food Lunch of each chef’s unique dishes, and a four-hand dinner by Chef Tam and Cristina Bowerman.

Pichaya ‘Pam’ Utharantharm

The food forum will also include Women in Wine, a newly added wine tasting program for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration. Throughout the wine-focused program, vino enthusiasts can expect to meet and greet with the fab female wine gurus from Italy’s top notch wineries — think Bellavista, Frescobaldi, Masciarelli and Planeta.

Patricia Toth

Female (or male) gourmands looking to be empowered through this very spirited food gala, can partake in the revelry to be inspired by some of Thailand’s (and the world’s) most talented and acclaimed female chefs — who, too, are given the chance to promote their much-praised talent to wider audience

The Banyan Tree Bangkok

Hosted at the Banyan Tree Bangkok, the ticket for the conference and lunch on 8 March is priced at THB 1,900++ per person; Wine Master Class & Tasting on March 8 is THB 1,600++ per person; and the Full Day Experience (conference, lunch and Wine Master Class & Tasting) is priced at THB 3,200++ per person. For those who are more dinner than lunch, opt for the 6-Course Degustation Menu by Chef Tam and Christina which is priced at THB 4,900++ per person and THB 6,900++ with wine pairing.

Chudaree ‘Tam’ Debhakam

For more information, visit www.WomenInGastronomy.Asia or call +662 286 7821.

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.