DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —James Louie

Bangkok hosts the World Gourmet Fes­ti­val; a James Bond mu­seum opens in the Aus­trian Alps; new ways of get­ting to Ha­long Bay.

While Bangkok is rightly known as a gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of Asia, food­ies have even more rea­son to visit this sum­mer with the ar­rival of the 19th an­nual World Gourmet Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 3– 9, held at Ratchadamri’s Anan­tara Siam Bangkok Ho­tel. This year’s af­fair may be the most star-stud­ded yet: the im­pres­sive lineup in­cludes 13 guest chefs with 16 Miche­lin stars be­tween them, com­ing from as far afield as San Fran­cisco, St. Moritz, and Lis­bon. On the ros­ter are two-star chefs like Jeong Ho Kim, the pi­o­neer of new Korean cui­sine at Seoul’s Jungsik, and Bernard Bach, whose Toulouse restau­rant Les Puits Saint-Jac­ques cham­pi­ons French Mediter­ranean in­gre­di­ents. Another mae­stro to con­sider? One-starred Han Li Guang, who is known for giv­ing the molec­u­lar treat­ment to Sin­ga­porean clas­sics. As al­ways, a se­ries of chef’s din­ners will be held through­out the week, and in a first for the event, gour­mands can also sign up for mas­ter classes led by a trio of ac­claimed Ja­panese chefs, Osaka-born som­me­lier and sake spe­cial­ist Seju Yang, and Bri­tish choco­latier Paul A. Young ( world­gourmet­fes­ti­val.asia).

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