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Explore New Cuisines At This Year’s World Gourmet Summit

Eat your way through fascinating dishes by chefs from Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Americas as they visit Singapore for the 22nd installation of the WGS

By SALT Magazine | 27 March, 2018 | Food, Restaurants, Trending
2018-03-27 18:02:51 2018-03-27 18:18:36

How time flies! It’s been 22 years since the launch of the World Gourmet Summit (WGS), now probably Asia’s most-anticipated annual food and wine festival. This year’s edition runs from April 2 to 29; of course, one can’t possibly attend everything on the calendar, so we’ve got tips for you.

Themed The Discovery WGS, 2018’s line-up promises more than the usual insights into industry trends, indulgent dinners, talks and demos by eminent chefs, and wine tasting and pairing sessions helmed by acclaimed vintners—it throws the spotlight on exceptional new chefs hailing from unexpected localities, with unconventional and exciting offerings to share. It’s a chance to check out some of Singapore’s most celebrated restaurants, for their special WGS menus resulting from collaborations between top local chefs and international culinary icons.

We’ve picked four such events that you should definitely clear your calendar for.

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Péter Szabó

Hungry for Hungary (The Hungarian Tasting Table) with Péter Szabó, from Hungary

MasterChef Szabó, head of luxurious Mediterranean restaurant La Parrilla in Budapest, is best known for his love for lesser-known ingredients, artful plating, and unconventional handling of Hungarian cuisine’s robust flavours. The four-hands dinner with chef Michael Gremer promises 7 courses showcasing dishes like foie gras lollipop with Tokaji (a typically sweet Hungarian wine).

Where? La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel

When? 21 April, Saturday; 6.30-10.30pm

How much? $188+/pax

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Kevin Thornton

Culinary Masterclass & Luncheon featuring Kevin Thornton, from Ireland

Rightly revered as Ireland’s foremost chef and food philosopher (he was the first to gain two Michelin stars), chef Kevin Thornton of Dublin’s Thornton’s Restaurant has culinary experience that spans working at an abbatoir, and a stint at the legendary Paul Bocuse restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Lyon. Join Thorton in an exploration of Irish gastronomic heritage, where nature and cuisine come together in dishes like Thorton’s signature pigeon smoked in hay, and ancient oak that’s been preserved in a bog. 

Where? Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

When? 20 April, 7-11pm

How much? $248+/pax

Explore New Cuisines At This Year's World Gourmet Summit
Artur Moroz

Peck @ Geese (Poland Finest Gastro-Journey) with Artur Moroz, from Poland

Chef Moroz of award-winning restaurant Bulaj in Sopot, on Poland’s Baltic coast, is known for championing Poland’s culinary diversity, history and traditions. He is also known as an ardent supporter of the slow food movement, sourcing his ingredients from local suppliers and promoting a healthy diet that, through culinary creativity, is far from boring. Be surprised and charmed by his skilful treatment of a Polish staple—goose.

Where? Wooloomooloo Steakhouse Singapore

When? 17 April, 7-11pm

How much? $188+/pax

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Yaroslav Artuykh

A Taste of Ukraine with Yaroslav Artuykh, from Ukraine

Although young in years, Chef Artuykh is a traditionalist who is proud of his country’s unique culinary landscape and seeks to introduce it to the world. The spread he has planned for this evening will take you on a delicious journey around Ukraine, which will be elevated by pairings with delectable cocktails recommended by gastronomic advisor Csaba Harmath. Let the Ukranians, traditionalist chef Yaroslav Artuykh; and wine and 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.

Where? Grissini, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

When? 20 April, 12-2.30pm

How much? $128+/pax

Events can all be booked on the WGS website

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