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All Star Chefs Take Bangkok by Storm at the World Gourmet Festival


Here’s what’s in store for the 18th annual edition of Bangkok’s favorite food festival and, spoiler alert, it involves just as many Michelin stars and bottles of champagne as previous years.

Published on Sep 5, 2017

It’s a strange mix—Alaskan king crab made Peranakan laksa-style, by the French chef of a double Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong—but one bite and it’ll all make sense. Chef Guillaume Galliot may be far from his hometown in the Loire Valley of France, but he is well accustomed to the dishes and flavors of Asian cuisine, having helmed the kitchens of top restaurants in Beijing, Singapore, Macau (he earned the Tasting Room a Michelin star within the first year of opening), and Hong Kong, where these days you can find him serving globally influenced French food at double Michelin-starred Caprice at Four Seasons.


But on this day, he is in Bangkok, at the 18th World Gourmet Festival at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, giving a cooking demonstration on Caprice’s signature dish the crab laksa, made with confit eggs, leeks, coriander, and hazelnut. “It’s a French take on laksa. There are no noodles and we tone down the spices to preserve the crab’s flavor,” Galliot says with a confidence that tells us he isn’t afraid to mess with tradition. What he presents is a light, yet flavorful dish of succulent Alaskan king crab covered in a creamy sauce that impressively bears the concentrated flavor of traditional laksa. Applause all around.

This is only a sample of what’s to come for diners who attend one of his two multi-course dinners during the festival. Over the course of this week, Galliot and 10 other top chefs from around the world are showing off their award-winning cuisine to guests with elaborate tasting menus. From kaiseki-inspired dishes by Shinichiro Takagi of two-Michelin-starred Zeniya, to a creative brunch by celebrity chef Bobby Chinn (he will also be rocking the house with his band who flew in from Hanoi), the event is a true gastronomic celebration.

By day, the hotel’s luxe Lobby Lounge will transform into the destination for Taittinger Champage’s tasting “journey” where imbibers can sip bubbly while nibbling on Teuscher chocolate. There will also be a Taittinger master class to learn more about the world-famous wine, an Italian night with negronis and Aperol, as well as a medley of other boozy events to keep you going throughout the week. 

 

September 4 to 10, 2017; book online at worldgourmetfestival.asia.

 

 

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