Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj (centre) was a guest of honour at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the 19th World Gourmet Festival, welcomed by hotel management led by the General Manager of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Mr. Patrick Both (4th left), Khunying Jada Wattanasiritham (4th right), Mr. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels (2nd right), and Mr. Thomas Meier, Minor Hotels Senior Vice President Operations – Asia (1st right).
This year, thirteen chefs representing nine countries, such as Chef Bernard Bach from France, Chef José Avillez from Portugal, Chef Jeong Ho Kim from The Republic of Korea, and Chef Ryohei Hieda from Taiwan, presented an international culinary feast to the esteemed guests.
The festival held from 3 - 9 September 2018, has raised a substantial amount to support the Princess Soamsawali AZT Fund for Pregnant Women of the Thai Red Cross Society. Funds were raised from THB 600 of every dinner ticket sold, as well as proceeds from auctions during the festival. The auctions featured accommodation vouchers donated by Anantara and Minor Hotels & Resorts around the world, and Turkish Airlines business class air tickets for two people.
The event would not have been possible without the participation of guest chefs, food and wine experts from around the world, as well as the support of key sponsors.
This year, the full line up of chefs in the 19th annual World Gourmet Festival was:
José Avillez: Belcanto in Lisbon, Portugal (2 Michelin stars)
Joining the star studded line up of chefs this year were international stars – celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, famed chocolatier Paul A Young, and sommelier Seju Yang.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s 19th World Gourmet Festival was presented in collaboration with Sanpellegrino and Gastronauts Asia, sponsored by Citibank N.A., Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd., Tourism Authority of Thailand, Turkish Airlines, with media partners by Bangkok 101, Prestige Thailand, HELLO! Thailand, and DestinAsian.
Stay tuned for an update of Bangkok’s biggest annual food and wine event – the 20th World Gourmet Festival at www.WorldGourmetFestival.asia