Bangkok’s gourmets are in for a real treat between now and 21 December. As part of the Le Cabinet de Curiosités de Thomas Erber event taking place at Central Embassy this month, two renowned European chefs will be showcasing their culinary talents. Following the appearance of Chef Bertrand Grébaut at the start of the lifestyle and fashion exhibition in November, this month Slovenian chef Ana Ros and French chef Virginie Laval will be putting on special dinner menus at Okura Prestige.
Chef Ana highlights her cuisine at the hotel from 1-6 December and gives a master class and food tasting at SIWILAI Rocket at the 5th floor of Central Embassy on 7 December at 2pm. She is followed by Chef Virginie who will be Okura Prestige from 8-13 December. She too rounds out her week-long stay with a similar master class cooking demonstration at SIWILAI Rocket on 14 December.
Chef Ana, who owns guest house Hiša Franko with her husband Valter, has an almost scientific approach in the kitchen, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients with strong taste. Raw food is her favourite medium and she has a strong preference for the element of surprise: different textures, taste contrasts, and significant use of herbs
and spices. She considers herself an ambassador, with her cuisine a way for visitors to understand the territory, people and culture of her home in the Soca Valley of Slovenia. Lamb from the neighbouring mountains, beef from nearby meadows, wild herbs and flowers are all common ingredients in her cooking.
Born in Corsica and raised in Paris by her grandmother, Chef Virginie is a self-taught woman. She acquired the creative bug not only from her family but also through her travels, especially in Asia which, she says, awakened her senses through cultural and sensual shocks. A darling of the Michelin guide, her creations are the results of her desires and are constantly evolving.
Flavoured and refined, with Asian and Mediterranean influences, she refuses to stick to ridged or precise and scientific recipes but lets her sense go. Her cuisine features exceptionally fresh produce and the dishes she plans for her Bangkok visit include the best fish, poultry and meats prepared with the freshest local ginger, lemongrass, basil and Thai greens.