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Food events in Singapore: World Gourmet Summit 2017 is back with master classes and international chefs

Uniting the world with food — the culinary event is back to celebrate its 21st year bringing with it the United Nations Gastronomic Assembly to our shores

Mar 24, 2017 | By Teri Chong

If there’s one thing Singapore loves the most—it’s food. What better place to host an international gourmet summit than in a city bursting with flavours? The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) returns for its 21st year, right here in sunny Singapore from march 20 to April 16. Launched in 1997, this year’s theme is the ‘United Nations Gastronomic Assembly’, a congregation of esteemed chefs from over 16 countries along with a line-up of fascinating epicurean experiences. Feast your eyes on an array of master classes; events and gourmet affairs taking place this World Gourmet Summit.

The event sees a party of chefs, all of which are some of the world’s best and most revered. Chef Jarno Eggen and dessert connoisseur Kiriko Nakamura are just two of the many renowned culinary geniuses coming down for the event. Other than an abundance of famed chefs, here are a few signature events we think will satisfy your epicurean appetite.

1. Chope Ur Next Gourmet Attractions—‘UNGA’

Lauded as the go-to event of this year’s festival, the United Nations Gastronomic Assembly presents a full spread of tantalising cuisines from all over the world. Just like it’s namesake, the event will see ambassadors from different embassies come together but not to debate. Rather, they will fill their stomachs with a luxurious spread of gourmet food. Food really does — in this case — make the world go round.

2. Four Hands Epicurean Delights

If one chef can cook up storm then two will bring you earth-shaking delicacies. Winner of San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2016 Mitch Lienhard joins forces with one of the World’s greatest chefs Ryan Cliff to bring to the table an exquisite one-night-only dinner. The show commences on April 2, and is one you definitely do not want to miss.

3. Sunday Brunch

What better way to soak in the festivities by indulging in a lazy Sunday Brunch? Partners of WSG 2017 will helm the kitchen for the brunch party, taking in the rich heritage of Tamarind Hill and translating it into decadent brunch bites. Lay back and enjoy a decadent brunch menu before continuing on your foodie quest.

4. Lush Dinners

Of course, there’s also a whole shopping list of dinners to choose from. Whether it’s the Canadian themed culinary creations by Quentin Glabus (March 28) or a unique ‘modern Hungarian’ concept by Bíró Lajos (April 5), we have no doubt you’ll find something that tantalises your taste buds.

On top of these bustling events, the most anticipated is the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence 2017. The award is currently into its final phase of voting and the results will be revealed on 27 March 2017. The award is regarded as one of the most respected accolades in the Asian region. Awards include Lifetime Achievement and Hospitality stars to recognise the consistent efforts of those in the food and beverage industries.

“With this year’s Awards of Excellence, we hope to spur on the industry talents to continue striving and achieving greater heights in the areas of culinary and service. We also hope to garner more recognition of Singapore’s culinary scene on the global front,” said Mr Peter Knipp, CEO of PKH Pte Ltd, which manages and curates the Awards of Excellence and the World Gourmet Summit.

For top-notch wines and an unforgettable gastro-experience, do visit the World Gourmet Summit 2017 held from March 20 to April 16.