Gastronauts Asia, the international community for lovers of good food and fun, held three spectacular chef events in Thailand last month
To coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Women in Gastronomy (WIG) event—the first of three chef events organized by Gastronauts Asia last month—invited guests to gather at The Sukhothai Bangkok for a culinary conference and 15-course lunch. Many female chefs from award-winning restaurants in Thailand, Asia, and beyond, met to discuss women in the culinary industry and to find answers, share encouragement, and celebrate the outstanding achievements of female chefs.
A line-up of world-class talent, including Margarita Forés, Cristina Bowerman, Martina Caruso, Aylin Yazıcıoğlu, and ‘The World’s Best Female Chef’ Ana Roš, joined local chefs in panel discussions, presentations, and an audience Q&A. There was also an opening keynote from the actress, model, and TV host Cindy Sirinya Bishop, and a standout presentation from French journalist, and President of Parabere Forum, Maria Canabal—awarded ‘Most Influential Woman in Gastronomy’ by the Woman’s Week foundation.
Shortly after WIG, Esenzi restaurant, at the Iniala resort in Phuket, hosted Octopi Esenzi, an immersive dining experience with an international roster of chefs. Attending this one-of-a-kind, 16-hand dinner was Gert de Mangeleer of Michelin three-star Hertog Jan in Bruges, Belgium; Gaggan Anand of two-star Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand; Josean Alija of one-star Nerua in Bilbao, Spain; Thomas & Mathias Sühring of one-star Sühring in Bangkok, Thailand; Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn of Le Du in Bangkok, Thailand; Takeshi ‘Goh’ Fukuyama of La Maison de La Nature Goh in Fukuoka, Japan; and Tim Butler and John Becker of Esenzi in Phang Nga, Thailand and Valetta, Malta.
Following the success of both WIG and Octopi Esenzi, the Bangkok International Taste Experience (BITE) launched at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok on the 13th March. A gathering of world-class chefs and food enthusiasts from around the globe joined together for a one-off foodie extravaganza in which chef presentations and panel discussions pondered the question: “What’s Next? The Future of Global Gastronomy”.
Attending BITE were international chefs Gert de Mangeleer, Josean Alija, Cristina Bowerman, Martina Caruso, and Takeshi ‘Goh’ Fukuyama, who joined forces with local talent: Gaggan Anand; Arnaud Dunand Sauthier; Thomas & Mathias Sühring; Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Dylan Jones; Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajorn; Tim Butler; Arnie Marcella; Fatih Tutak; John Becker; Prin Polsuk; and Arisara ‘Paper’ Chongphanitkul.
After BITE’s afternoon forum, a boat took guests across the Chao Phraya River to the Sala Rim Naam Gardens for an exclusive champagne reception and a one-of-a-kind, 15-course, Gastronauts Dinner. By David J. Constable