A four-day food, wine and wellness extravaganza is being organised by the luxurious 137 Pillars Suites & Residences in the heart of Bangkok. Scheduled to take place from 22-25 March, the hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is bringing together leading wellness consultants, a selection of top chefs and some of the finest wine producers, for four days of luxurious organic fun.
Taking place for the first time in Bangkok, the fourth Asian Organic Gourmet Festival (AOGF) will showcase the importance of buying locally sourced produce, how to prepare the food without losing any flavour, and how to pair the finished cuisine with the right wine. This year, Chef Javier Rodriguez from Santiago del Estero in the very north of Argentina, Chef Colin Chung from Hawaii and Chef Peter Van Es from Australia will join Chef Anchalee Ponrungsit and the culinary team at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences.
Chef Javier Rodriguez has worked in some of the world’s most celebrated 1-, 2- and even 3-star Michelin restaurants including Tetsuya’s in Australia, Noma in Denmark, Maaemo in Norway and believes strongly in using the highest quality seasonal produce purchased from small local producers. Chef Colin Chung can’t keep away from the sea and the delicious bounty it provides! Chef Peter Van Es’ passion is red meat. Cooking it, eating it and educating others about how to choose the best cuts and how to then cook them. Chef Peter has worked in many 5-star establishments and even with the culinary master Michel Roux when he was at the world-famous and Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, England. At the Asian Organic Gourmet Festival 2018, the main highlight for the chefs, and guests will be the daily Gala Dinner at Nimitr on Level 27. This is where the chefs’ individual flair and creativeness will shine, as they put together a menu of the finest organic food paired with carefully scripted organic wine to create a culinary journey that will impress even the most sophisticated gourmands. The invited chefs will also share their experience and culinary wizardry in special cooking classes scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday from 11 am. Anchalee Ponrungsit, executive sous chef at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is absolutely thrilled that the Asian Organic Gourmet Festival will be in Bangkok for the first time, “To be able to work alongside the hugely talented chefs that we have invited is a great opportunity. We’re going to put on a culinary show the likes of which Bangkok has never seen before, I can’t wait!”
It’s not all about fine dining and celebrity chefs. There are also plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout each day. Running alongside the Asian Organic Gourmet Festival will be a Farmers’ Market taking place at the Jamjuree Lawn on the ground floor of the hotel between 11 am and 8 pm daily. There’s a Wellness Day and an art auction too. The four-day event will culminate with a Gala Finale Brunch Buffet at Bangkok Trading Post from 11.30 am.