Bangkok’s World Gourmet Festival celebrates 20th edition

Chef Kai Ho

Bangkok’s longest-running international culinary celebration – the World Gourmet Festival – is back this year for it 20th edition, taking place at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel from September 2-8, 2019.

Sixteen chefs from nine countries, with 13 Michelin stars among them, will each host two dinners in the hotel’s Biscotti, Madison, Spice Market and Shintaro restaurants.

Chef Kai Ho

The star-studded culinary lineup features names like Wolfgang Becker from Becker’s Restaurant in Trier, Germany (two Michelin stars), Alan Geaam from Alan Geaam in Paris, France (one Michelin star), and Hideki Ii from Shirosaka in Tokyo, Japan (one Michelin star).

On September 6, Taiwanese chefs Kai Ho and Richie Lin will join local chef Ian Kittichai, whose restaurants include Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, Tangerine in Singapore and Spot in New York City. The trio will prepare a six-hands collaborative dinner of six courses.

In a first for the World Gourmet Festival, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel will showcase the City of Angels’ street food on September 5, when Bangkok’s popular street vendors will prepare their fare in stalls around the Parichart open-air garden courtyard. Exclusive fringe events in the hotel’s iconic lobby and Aqua Bar will also return, including the World Gourmet Brunch on September 8.

There will also be masterclasses conducted by visiting chefs. Attendees will have the opportunity to see and taste specially prepared dishes form the chef’s World Gourmet Festival menu. Joining the lineup will be Dutch chef Roger van Damme from Het Gebaar in Antwerp, Belgium, who will be presenting a masterclass of his four desserts in the Lobby Lounge on September 5 and 6.

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