Held at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel from September 19-25 this year, the World Gourmet Festival is an occasion certainly not to be missed by gastronomes and even casual foodies. French-influenced Japanese cuisine? Check. Zero-kilometre Slovenian dining? Check. Sri Lankan seafood dishes? Check. September is the month for Bangkokians to dive in.
Renowned Michelin-calibre chefs from across the globe make the journey to Bangkok to strut their fare, with many of them already selling out their appearances during the festival. Take a look through our round-up of this year’s offerings, and grab a seat at the table while you still can.
This Year’s Lineup
Chef Ana Ros, Hiša Franko (Slovenia)
When: September 23 and 24 at Spice Market
She’s in season 2 of Chef’s Table, alongside Bangkok’s Gaggan Anand, portrayed as a culinary genius despite a lack of culinary schooling.
Chef Bobby Chinn, restaurateur, TV personality and author
When: Demo on September 23, gin master class and brunch on the following days.
In Vietnam, he was renowned for creating modern, global Vietnamese dishes, and now is an ambassador for the country and helps promote sustainable seafood.
Chef Dharshan Munidasa, Ministry of Crab (Sri Lanka)
When: September 19 and 20 at Spice Market
The handiwork of the man behind two of Sri Lanka’s most successful restaurants (both ranked on Asia’s 50 Best) is well worth experiencing.
One Michelin Star Chefs
Chef Marco Stabile, Ora d’Aria (Italy)
When: September 21 and 22 at Biscotti
He was the right hand man to the celebrated Gaetano Trovato. Now his Michelin-starred Ora d’Aria has held its Michelin star since 2011.
Chef Josean Alija, Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain)
When: September 19 and 20 at Biscotti
He was named best chef of the year in 2014 by Cuaderno Matoses and his Nerua restaurant reached a ranking of 55 on the world’s 100 best restaurants by Restaurant magazine.
Chef Hideaki Sato, Ta Vie (Hong Kong)
When: September 21 and 22 at Madison
After working for three Michelin-starred restaurant Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo, he opened Ta Vie in Hong Kong, which earned a Michelin star the first year it opened its doors.
Two Michelin Star Chefs
Chef Kanesaka Shinji, Shinji by Kanesaka (Japan)
When: September 21 and 22 at Shintaro
His restaurant earned a ranking in the Michelin list after only nine months in Hong Kong. His Sushi Kanesaka restaurant has been on the Michelin list since 2008.
Chef Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur (France)
When: September 23 and 24 at Madison
He earned his first Michelin star within a year of opening his restaurant Mirazur, and the Mediterranean eatery has been ranked 11th place in San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Chef Anthony Genovese, Il Pagliaccio (Italy)
When: September 23 and 24 in Biscotti
In 2003, he launched Il Pagliaccio in an 18th century home in Rome, and soon received two Michelin stars.