Superb gathering of international chefs turn up for Gourmet Festival
at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Michael and Marion Vogt
It was a culinary highlight when the Four Seasons Resort
Chiang Mai took the unique opportunity to bring together world-renowned
master chefs after their gourmet week in Bangkok and talk them into a show
performance for the Chiang Mai community.
English prepares lobster on white polenta and fig sauce.
It was a joy to look over the shoulders of these chefs
when they seized the stoves of the Chiang Mai Four Season’s Cooking
School. Chefs one normally only sees on TV or reads about in overseas
magazines, such as Todd English who was inducted into the James Beard
Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.
The same goes for Michael Ginor, co-founder Hudson Valley
Foie Gras, New York. Michael Ginor, a true personality in regards to
organizing culinary events worldwide and who was the driving force who
brought all the chefs to the north. He is known for bringing together
celebrated American and local chefs to create an intercultural culinary
exchange program which introduces global concepts and ideas to world
markets. Talking to him regarding the soft and mellow taste of ‘his foie
gras’, he said the history of foie gras goes back over 5000 years and it
was the Egyptians who first started producing foie gras.
Ghielmetti, Michael Ginor and GM of Four Season’s Chiang Mai Patrick
Ghielmetti after tasting Michael’s whole roasted foie gras with smoked
duck breast and cauliflower mousseline.
Another ‘star’ was chef Kenneth Oringer, executive
chef and co-owner from ‘Clio’ who has worked in some of Americas’
finest kitchens developing his extensive knowledge and innovative approach
to cooking. Chef Oringer’s Clio has just been named “Best Restaurant in
Boston” by Food & Wine magazine and one of Gourmet’s “Top 50 Best
Restaurants in America.”
GM of the Four Seasons Resort, Patrick Ghielmetti also
took the opportunity to introduce his new executive chef Claudio Rossi who
was transferred from Four Seasons Shanghai to Chiang Mai. Italian Claudio
presented ‘his’ specials of the night, being crispy arancini with
truffle cream cheese filling and Alaska King Crabs with Lanna Herbs.
GM Patrick also reminded everyone of the Winemaker’s Dinner from Robert
Mondavi’s Winery who will team up for a culinary extravaganza on Saturday,
October 9, 2004. Cocktails, followed by a splendid four course menu with
Robert Mondavi’s representative Jeff Cook explaining the different
Californian wines. Tickets are 1,700 baht ++ with limited seating.
Food for thought
Sizzling seminar on imported
meat well done
Horeca Supply Co and Siam Food Services Bangkok ran a
seminar at the Sheraton Chiang Mai Hotel, for all those involved in the food
and beverage (F&B) departments of hotels and restaurants.
left) Thierry Loncle, executive chef Sheraton Chiang Mai; Patinya Srisuk
(Joon), Horeca sales and marketing manager; Rudy van den Berg, Horeca Supply
Co., Ltd.; Philip Younie, general manager Siam Food Service Bangkok, and
Manuel Reymondin, executive assistant manager of the Sheraton Chiang Mai, at
Rudy van den Berg, Horeca’s MD, briefly outlined the
importance of a ‘mixed purchase’. “The right ingredients for an
accurate purchase are the item’s quality and price, the relationship
between supplier and client, the knowledge to choose the right product for
the right purpose, as well as service and after-service. Additional factors
for the right mix are of course ‘safety’, referring to the necessary
hygiene, the handling of the items, and the reliability of the supplier,”
After the seminar, the 100 participants were treated to a lunch to sample
the range of delicatessen items. Philip Younie, GM of Siam Food Services,
said that an event such as this one would have been very difficult to
organize in Bangkok. “People in Bangkok are just too busy to attend such a
seminar. Here in Chiang Mai, people are obviously busy too, but they show
more interest, and seem to be keen in obtaining information about the items
they deal with each day.”
“Beauty has no mercy”
Ten young artists showing at La Luna Gallery
“Beauty has no Mercy” is the title for the next
exhibition at La Luna Gallery. Chiang Mai’s new center for contemporary
art has invited ten young Thai artists from Chiang Mai, Bangkok and other
areas to present their work from October 2 to November 14.
based on original print by Parichart Suphaphun
The exhibiting artists are Amnat Kongwaree, Morrakot
Naksin, Parichart Suphaphun, Korakot Punlopruksa, Worawat Chortabtim,
Nopanoot Lekcharoen, Kritsana Chaikitwattana, Jason Tamthai, Kwanpracha
Sornprasit and Benjawan Sangnguanchai.
“One of our purposes is to promote young Thai
artists,” says director Sommai Lumdual. “We have done that since the
beginning with a number of young local artists, but we have also found that
many talented artists do not have a place to present their works after
graduation, especially if their art is contemporary and abstract.”
Sommai says, that this group of artists is a mixture of
some practically unknowns and others who are already on the way up such as
Kritsana Chaikitwattana, Jason Tamthai and Morrakot Naksin.
The ten artists will present oil paintings, paintings with mixed media,
lithographs, woodcuts and photographs.
New Thai spa logo to signify legit businesses
Thailand plans to launch a new logo for the country’s
spa centers that is intended to guarantee their quality. The new logo is
expected to be announced by the end of September. Director-general of the
Department of Health Service Support, Dr. Rewat Wisarutwet, said spa
business owners who fail to display the logo will be arrested for illegally
operating a spa service.
Spas which register with the Ministry of Public Health
will be inspected by government officials. If their services meet the
ministry’s requirement, their use of the logo will be approved. Spas
centers offering a five-star quality will be publicized and supported as a
‘world class spa’, and will be promoted abroad. Branches may even be set
up in other countries.
The approved spa logo was designed by a female student
from Rangsit University who won the design contest recently. She was awarded
30,000 baht in cash for her efforts. The logo shows a hand, two orchids and
the letter ‘Q’ in the color of Thai flag. The hand represents spa
treatment done by hands, like a massage, and the letter ‘Q’ stands for