Today sees the beginning of the 15th World Gourmet Summit here in Singapore, the region’s most esteemed gourmet extravaganza. Spanning from 25th April to 8th May, the World Gourmet Summit is an annual epicurean festival showcasing the craftsmanship of some of the world’s top chefs and the products of the world’s top vintners through a series of dinners, workshops and events.
A strong Asian presence will be felt at this year’s World Gourmet Summit, as seven of the region’s chefs converge in Singapore to prove their prowess in the kitchen:
Celebrity chef Keisuke Matsushima is owner of the self-named restaurant in Nice, which earned its first Michelin Star in 2007, and has recently been awarded its sixth consecutive Star in 2011. His Tokyo restaurant Restaurant-I has also been awarded a Star. Chef Matsushima will be showcasing his talents in French cuisine at My Humble House by Tung Lok Group from 26th – 30th April.
His fellow countryman, Chef Yuji Wakiya, owner of Wakiya Ichiemicharou in Tokyo will be demonstrating his culinary skills honed in preparing Chinese cuisine, with Japanese influences. He is also a connoisseur of Chinese tea and the author of 13 cookery books. Catch Chef Wakiya at the Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel from 3rd – 7th May.
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One Michelin-starred chef Tam Kwok Fung is well-known for interweaving Traditional Chinese Medicine into his cuisine, following the traditions of ancient Taoist techniques. With his dishes known to nourish the body, Chef Tam regularly cooks for world leaders, the royal families of Thailand, Japan and Nepal, and a host of politicians and presidents. Chef Tam was awarded the Gold Medal at the fifth World Championship of Chinese Cooking 2005 and is the executive Chinese chef of City of Dreams in Macau. Chef Tam will be cooking up a storm at Cassia at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa from 26th – 30th April.
South Korea’s first celebrity chef, Edward Kwon, is the proud owner of Gastronomy, a European bistro in Seoul. He has written three cookery books and has his own TV show, Yes Chef. He will be showcasing his culinary talents at a Celebrity Dinner at the Conrad Centennial Hotel on 27th April.
Chef Manish Mehrotra heads the kitchens of Indian Accent (New Delhi), Oriental Octopus (New Delhi, Noida & Lavasa) and Tamarai (London). Indian Accent has been awarded the Best Modern Indian Restaurant by Times Food Guide in 2011, and has been recognised as ‘amongst the world’s top three modern Indian restaurants in India’ by the Wall Street Journal. Chef Mehrotra will be infusing herbs from Eu Yan Sang into his Indian menu at a special World Gourmet Summit dinner on 2nd May at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Chef Shinichiro Takagi is owner of Zeniya restaurant, located in his native city Kanazawa on Japan’s western coast, where he prepares Kaiseki-inspired cuisine. He will be demonstrating his culinary expertise at Inagiku restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel from 26th – 30th April.
Chef Yim Jung Sik is owner of two restaurants in his native Seoul, Jung Sik Dang and Anju. He specialises in transforming local ingredients into New Korean Cuisine. He will be showcasing his talents at My Humble House by Tung Lok Group from 3rd – 7th May.