Culinary delights at The 2nd Pattaya Gourmet Festival

Friday, 02 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 9

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2011, Amari Orchid Pattaya is proud to present the 2nd Pattaya Gourmet Festival at Mantra Restaurant and Bar from 17-22 March 2012.  The event promises to be a prestigious week-long celebration of ambrosial dishes, superb wines and liquor, and fascinating Gala dinners.

At this year’s festival, guests will experience the Opening Night Gala Dinner with Stonefish wines, Australian wines, Perrin & Fils wine dinner, and Australian barbeque night.  Guests will also be impressed by the Grand Finale Gala Dinner, with all four guest Chefs - plus the Amari Orchid Pattaya Executive Chef – producing their own creative course on the evening of Thursday, March.

From left back row: Kai-Uwe Klenz, executive chef at Amari Orchid Pattaya, David Cummings, general manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, and Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh join with other Amari staff at a press conference held Feb. 28 to announce the 2nd Pattaya Gourmet Festival. From left back row: Kai-Uwe Klenz, executive chef at Amari Orchid Pattaya, David Cummings, general manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, and Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh join with other Amari staff at a press conference held Feb. 28 to announce the 2nd Pattaya Gourmet Festival.

The four visiting chefs are:

Maria Elia from JOE’s Restaurant in London.

The only female master chef for this festival took positions in various restaurants in the UK and other countries, including the legendary El Bulli and Arzak restaurants in Spain, as well as The Oriental Cooking School in Bangkok.  She was also a Head Chef at London’s Delfina restaurant for 10 years and opened her own renowned Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, not to mention that she is also a food writer and chef in a television programme.  At present, Maria is an Executive Chef at JOE’s Restaurant in London, where she enjoys playing with people’s palates and creating deceptively simple, multi-layored dishes.

Steven Snow from Fins Restaurant and Bar, Australia.

Celebrity chef Steven Snow is the owner and chef of Fins, Australia’s most awarded regional restaurant.  The author of the current best seller “Byron Cooking and Eating”, Steven is also feature chef on Australia’s lifestyle television programme Guide to the Good Life.  His experience also grants him opportunities to showcase his talent on ABC National Radio as a regular guest speaker.  Recently he opened his second Fins restaurant, Fins Club by Quinta Magnolia in a small seaside village near Lisbon, Portugal.

Yannick Ollivier Cayrol.

This connoisseur of French food has 8-year experience in various hospitality industries.  His creativity in food and pastry elaboration comes from his wide range of cooking experience, including Thai, Indian, and Spanish cuisine.

Chan Kam Yuen from Hong Kong.

A to-be owner of Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Chan Kam Yuen brings to the festival his 3-decade long experience in cooking.  He is not only talented in creating exciting dishes, but also inspires tastes that are unique in their very own right.  His own created cuisine is brought to a different level by his unique skill.

Note:  As seats are limited at the festival advance reservations are highly recommended.  For more information, please contact 038 429 591.

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