17 great chefs and me

What do you get when you take 17 of the world’s best chefs and bring them together to cook for a week in one place? Well, if you were me and you got the chance to spend the week with them, eating their dishes and attending cooking classes taught by them, you’d get one damn happy blogger!

The Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is hosting its 7th Annual World Gourmet Festival this coming 10-17 September. And yours truly has been appointed the Festival’s Official Blogger. That means S and I get to go to Bangkok and attend as many of the events as we can! Both of us will be posting daily during the Festival. I’m very excited. This year, the Festival is showcasing some really amazing chefs, including one of my personal food heroes, Peter Gordon. Regular readers might remember that S and I served a dish inspired by one of Gordon’s at our wedding dinner. While I’ve eaten at The Sugar Club and at Providores, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him. I’m really looking forward to attending both his dinner and his cooking clas.

Other great chefs taking part include Yoshii Ryuichi from Yoshii in Sydney; Michael Mina from Las Vegas; Fatema Hal, from Morocco by way of Paris; William Ledeuil from Ze Kitchen Galerie, also in Paris; and Ruth Van Waerebeek-Gonzalez, head chef at Concha y Toro, one of Chileโ€™s most renowned vineyards. Also taking part is one of S’s friends, Vincent Bourdain (Vincent, not Anthony!), Valrhona Chocolate’s regional pastry consultant. But the chef that has S most excited is Emily Luchetti, pastry chef extraordinaire. S adores both of Luchetti’s books, A Passion for Desserts and A Passion for Ice Cream. She’s very thrilled to be able to attend Luchetti’s class; we’ve also asked for an interview, so hopefully, S will be able to spend some time chatting with her.

Each of the guest chefs will be cooking 2 dinners (in one of the hotel’s restaurants) and teaching at least one class. If you’re anywhere near Bangkok, you should consider attending the Festival. But, book soon. Some events are already sold-out. For more info, please email wgf.bangkok@fourseasons.com. Hopefully, I’ll see you there.

p.s. We’ve actually asked for interview-time with Peter Gordon, Michael Mina, Emily Luchetti and Fatema Hal. If any of you have questions that you want us to pose them, please leave them in a comment or email me. We’ll try to include the best questions in our interviews. Thanks.

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About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his two kids!


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  1. Anonymous 18 August 2006

    see you in Bangkok dude!

  2. Anonymous 18 August 2006

    So lucky!

    Looking forward to your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Esther

  3. Anonymous 18 August 2006

    That is TERRIFIC! Congradulations ๐Ÿ™‚ You might want to practice taking small bites and then pushing the plate away before you go off to multi-feast. As a house photographer at the James Beard Foundation for 7 years, that was an essential skill. I’ve since lost it & now am back in the clean plate club ๐Ÿ™

  4. Melissa 18 August 2006

    How fantastic for you both, I can’t tell you how envious I am! At least we’ll all be able to experience a little of it vicariously. Good luck and have fun!

  5. Lil 18 August 2006

    wow, i am green with envy! but you and S totally deserve to be there, and we’ll be waiting eagerly for your write up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Run Around Paris 19 August 2006

    Wow, that’s super exciting! I’m sure you’re going to have an amazing time and stuff yourself silly!

  7. PlebianPalates 19 August 2006

    Wow!! that’s great! I just came back from sydney and I am regretting not going to youshi… Have lots of fun in Bangkok! Btw, don’t mind if i link your blog to mine?

  8. Chubby Hubby 20 August 2006

    Anon: Cool. See you there.

    Esther: Thanks. We’ll be trying to post every day.

    ParisBreakfasts: Yah, I can just imagine collapsing from a food coma after a big lunch and then missing an important dinner. Thanks.

    Melissa: Thanks. Hey, I think I can swing invitations to Tasting Australia for you and a bunch of other top food bloggers next year (October 2007).

    Lil: Thanks.

    Run around Paris: Yah, it should be fun, but I have to admit that the daily cooking class/lunch and dinner schedule is a tad daunting.

    Plebianpalates: I’ve yet to try Yoshii. Last time I was in Sydney, I couldn’t get a reservation, I’m really looking forward to it.

  9. keiko 23 August 2006

    Aun and S – I can’t wait to read about this fabulous event, have fun!

  10. Austin 24 August 2006


    I’ll probably see you around as I’ll almost certainly be there doing interviews and dinners for the International Herald Tribune. Let me know if you’d like to hook up for some real Thai food while in BKK!

    And having an official blogger is a great idea.


  11. Young Culinarian 31 August 2006

    How fortunate are you. Make sure for the poor souls that make the journey to bangkok that there are pleanty of photos posted.

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