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World Gourmet Summit returns

By Zaki JufriEvents - 09 April 2012 9:16 AM | Updated 10 April 2012

World Gourmet Summit returns

A constellation of culinary stars will be cooking up a storm during 2012 World gourmet Summit: (From left) Anatoly Komm, Fergus Anderson and Marco Pierre White.

Any gourmand worth their weight in truffles won’t miss out on the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) staged from 23 April to 3 May 2012.

Now into its 16th year, this annual epicurean festival has grown in prestige and stature, attracting a bevy of the world’s famous chefs such as Marco Pierre White as well as Michelin starred chefs Bruno Ménard, Dani García, Fergus Henderson and Michel Sarran.

Here’s a look at what you can expect at this year’s showcase.

For the bon vivant

As usual, there’s a constellation of culinary stars gathered at the WGS. One key event is Fergus Henderson’s up close and personal session on 24 April. The one-Michelin-starred masterchef will share the secrets on how to utilise the 'whole beast' in your cuisine. Following the demonstration will be an interactive wine-paired lunch.

One of Europe’s rising culinary stars Ronny Emborg will talk about his unconventional approach to molecular cuisine, nouvelle cuisine and traditional Danish cooking on 25 April.  His restaurant aarø & co. (AOC) ranks among the trendiest addresses in Denmark, and Emborg was named Chef of the Year in 2007.

You can be the next culinary star in your kitchen at the up close sessions with masterchefs.

A superstar in Britain, the three-starred Marco Pierre White will enthral gourmands with his special farm-to-table menu at the Grand Hyatt Singapore on 27 April. A strong supporter of the farm-to-table practice, White’s belief in simple cooking is demonstrated in his culinary practices. In this Celebrity Chef Dinner session, White (who is a Knorr ambassador) will demonstrate how he uses the brand’s products to create sumptuous and healthy dishes.

Another chef to check out will be Russian chef Anatoly Komm on 28 April at Forest (Resorts World Sentosa). Known for his molecular approach to cooking, the inimitable chef will tease your senses with a feast to remember. Don’t miss this one.

For the wine buff

Nose your way through glasses of vino at the many tastings and masterclasses.

There’s nothing like pairing your filet mignon of Casterbridge Angus with a glass of 2005 cabernet sauvignon. We all know that good food and wine go together; just like how this WGS will have loads of wine masterclasses and wine dinner for oenophiles.

Australian wine label Penfolds will host a masterclass on 24 April at Resorts World Sentosa. Winemaker Peter Gago will showcase an array of Penfolds vintages from 1962 all the way to 2004.

On 26 April at Forlino, chef Bruno Ménard teams up with Paul Jaboulet Aîné winery to bring you a special three-course wine dinner featuring a medley of excellent vintages from France’s Rhône valley.

Another wine masterclass to attend is by Chilean label Viña Almaviva on 26 April at Equarius Hotel (Resorts World Sentosa). Winemaker Michel Friou will share his experiences working with the label as well some insights on appreciating Chilean wines.

For serious tipplers

What’s a gourmet summit without some serious drink? This year, the art of mixology takes centre stage to complement the smorgasbord of fine grub.

What do you get when you mix beer, mixology and gastronomy? That’s what chef Jimi Tegerdine, mixologist Javier de las Muelas and brew master Christian Knoch attempt to answer come 29 April at Level 33. This event features a selection of beer dining creations inspired by flavours of the world by chef Tegerdine, craft beer concoctions by de las Muelas and brew master Knoch.

A special ‘ladies-only’ event -- "Pretty In Pink" Food Mixology – brings together mixologist Garth Foster, chefs Francois Mermilliod from Absinthe, Michele Pavanello of OTTO Ristorante, Chef Janice Wong of 2am:dessertbar and Chef Christopher Millar of Stellar to 1-Altitude on 2 May. The chefs will prepare a dish a la minute after sampling a cocktail prepared by Foster.

World Gourmet Summit 2012 runs from 23 April to 3 May.