Guest of honour gets a preview of the food of his next posting
As he heads to Kenya for an ambassador’s positing, Bangkok bids farewell to popular Belgian diplomat Nicolas Nihon with an Africanthemed dinner
It was a dinner held to bid farewell to Nicolas Nihon, deputy head of the Belgian embassy in Bangkok, who was heading to Nairobi to take up the post of ambassador to Kenya. No ordinary meal for him, though, not when the host was Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz, who enjoys creating unusual dining experiences. Count Gerry worked with the chef of Plaza Athenee Hotel to come up with an African menu. Guests were treated to delicacies such as Kenyan samosas, African pumpkin soup, oyster Mombasa, crocodile chilli curry Kenyastyle and East African guinea fowl. Kenya’s ambassador to Thailand, HE Patrick Simiyu Wamato, was also present and declared the food as good as any to be found in his country.
HE Philippe Kridelka, Gilles Evrard and Alain Missorten
Supasiri Amatayakul, Joe Amatyakul and Akrasid Amatayakul
ML Poomchai Chumbala and HE Jaime Nualart
The Paribatra family: ML Varabhanan, Varabhathip and Maj Gen MR Varoros
Dhiprudee Yongsakul and Poompipat Sriratanaban