At the recent 22nd World Gourmet Summit Press Conference, WGS founder Peter A. Knipp addressed the crowd.
“For more than two decades, we have constantly presented some of the most vibrant and extraordinary of culinary experiences to Singapore’s diners,” said Peter, CEO of PKH Pte Ltd, who manages and curates the event. “To appreciate food and drinks is one thing, but we can only truly be enriched by digging deeper into the roots of the world’s cuisines and the DNA of food.”
WGS’s charismatic founder had lots to say about this year’s mouth-watering, thought-provoking lineup of gastronomic experiences. And the event itself was filled with SG culinary stars, from Ricky Ng of Blue Lotus to Petrina Loh of Morsels, and showcased a variety of premium products like Teaspec fine Chinese teas, Taiwanese brand Kavalan Whisky and Kuhlbarra – Singapore’s own barramundi fish farm.
There were so many delicious bites to try, it was difficult to taste them all! But, they included the ones shown above: Gulab Jamun Spheres In Rose Saffron Nectar from Rang Mahal, Langoustine Tartare from Alati, Durian Penyet Puff with Grand Marnier from One Farrer Hotel and Silky Fowl with Ang Chow Sauce and Fermented Garlic Whipped Potato from Morsels.
These are just a smattering of the dozens of hosting establishments, hospitality partners, partner restaurants, luxury brands, embassies and other entities affiliated with WGS, which has been described as “Asia’s most highly anticipated food and wine festival.” This year’s official partners include Turkish Airlines and charity partner, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Singapore, for which WGS has raised more than $8 million since 2000.
For the 2018 theme “The Discovery WGS”, diners will be “taken off the beaten track to experience some of the world’s exciting, lesser-known cuisines, presented by a stellar line up of culinary stars – young, up and coming, and established – representing countries from Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and America,” shares the WGS.
Here are some Signature events and what the WGS says you can expect. Go to its site to book your tickets or tables now!
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When: from Friday, April 2, to Thursday, April 29
WGS shares: “Among the masterchefs coming to Singapore are Raymond Blanc, a legend in the French gastronomy world; Kevin Thornton, Ireland’s first to receive two Michelin-stars; Patrizia di Benedetto, the first and only current female Sicilian chef to be awarded the coveted Michelin-star; Ross Lusted, Australia’s two-hatted star chef; and Akira Back, Korean-born and US-raised, who has excited the culinary world with his bold interpretations of Asian fare with American influence.
Not only will diners enjoy sensational gastronomic experiences, they will also gain insights into some of the world’s biggest trending cuisines from Hispanic and Mexican food expert Juan Pablo and foremost authority on Hungarian food and wine, Csaba Warmth.”
NEXT: WGS The Discovery Brunch at Tamarind Hill →
When: Thursday, April 8
WGS shares: “The best in the F&B industry comes together for one of the biggest gourmet parties of the year in our highly anticipated Sunday brunch. This is an affair for the most discerning of food lovers, with world-class cuisines and beverages in the spotlight.”
NEXT: Hommage à Paul Bocuse with Julien Royer at Odette →
When: Monday, April 12
WGS shares: “For another year running, one of Singapore’s most acclaimed chefs, Julien Royer, brings his deep knowledge of his native cuisine to the table in a comprehensive heritage dinner served on his home turf, Odette. Diners are in for an exquisite exploration into French cuisine.”
When: Thursday, April 15
WGS shares: “Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural UNGA event, this year’s event at CHIJMES will turn the cluster of restaurants and bars into a gourmet marketplace. Up to 40 stations will be manned by Singapore’s, and the region’s top experts to share information on products on offer. An excellent outing for foodies and families alike, UNGA promises to be a deliciously memorable experience.”
NEXT: Peck @ Geese with Artur Moroz at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse →
When: Saturday, April 17
WGS shares: “Enter Artur Moroz, one of Poland’s top chefs and owner of Bulaj, a restaurant located on the idyllic seaside town of Sopot. A supporter of the ‘Slow Food’ movement, Mr. Moroz fervently believes in sourcing ingredients from local suppliers and promoting healthy living through his food. He’s here to serve us a special dinner, an exploration of Polish culinary culture through one of its most ubiquitous staples: geese.”
NEXT: Mexico Fiesta at El Mero Mero →
When: Sunday, April 18
WGS shares: “Everybody loves a good fiesta and Singapore’s top Mexican restaurant El Mero Mero throws the best. Don’t miss out on an evening of vibrant Mexican flavours as Chef Juan Pablo and his team whip up delectable nibbles and drinks, from home-made nachos and guacamole to ice cold margaritas.”
NEXT: Culinary Masterclass and Luncheon featuring Kevin Thornton at Miele →
When: Monday, April 19 (for only 12 guests)
WGS shares: “Irish celebrity chef, television personality, and author Kevin Thornton is here to share his vast culinary expertise: Just don’t ask him to serve you chips! One of Ireland’s top chefs, Thornton made his name as an ardent champion and philosopher of Irish food. Be prepared to push your taste experience beyond the walls of the restaurant in this masterclass and luncheon that promises to be nothing less than deliciously entertaining.”
NEXT: A Taste of Ukraine at Grissini →
When: Tuesday, April 20
WGS shares: “Let the Ukranian young traditionalist chef Yaroslav Artuykh, and Wine & Gastronomic advisor Csaba Harmath, whisk you away in a night dedicated to the food and drink of their country. They’ll be serving a pairing menu of cocktails and delectable Ukrainian delights to introduce diners to their native cuisine.”
NEXT: Hungry for Hungary at La Brasserie →
When: Wednesday, April 21
WGS shares: “This unique Hungarian dining experience is presented by Chef Péter Szabó of Budapest’s highly acclaimed La Parilla. Chef Szabó is known for crafting dishes that are considered art on the plate and made from lesser known ingredients. Diners are in for an unforgettable culinary experience with the robust flavours of Hungarian cuisine.”
NEXT: An Italian Affair at Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare →
When: Wednesday, April 21
WGS shares: “Take a detour from the typical Italian fare down to the island of Sicily and experience a whole new world of ingredients and traditions. True-blue Sicilian natives Lino Sauro, acclaimed chef of Gattopardo de Mare, and Patrizia Di Benedetto, the first Michelin starred woman of her region will be taking diners on a tour through the cuisine they call home, accompanied by a rich exposition of food by Italian food anthropologist Alessandra Gennaro.”
NEXT: Welcome to The Discovery WGS! →
By Sara Lyle Bow, March 9, 2018
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