Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Welcomes All-Star Lineup for Forum and Workshops

Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Photography ©Colin PageAsia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and organised by William Reed Business Media, will welcome some of the world’s leading chefs to Singapore to participate in a series of interactive workshops and a forum on global culinary trends.

Held in conjunction with Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 awards, the two-day programme on 23 and 24 February offers a unique opportunity for the culinary industry and members of the public to hear from and interact with the world’s most prominent chefs. The programme comprises a one-day forum on 23 February, titled ‘The Future of Food: Back to our Roots’, and a series of ‘Signature Dishes’ workshops on 24 February.

The stellar lineup of presenters, mostly drawn from The World’s and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists, includes:
– Joan Roca, El Celler de Can Roca, (No. 1, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Yoshihiro Narisawa, Narisawa (No. 1, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, No. 20 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Björn Frantzén, Restaurant Frantzén, (No.12, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Ben Shewry, Attica, (No. 21, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Andre Chiang, Restaurant Andre, (No. 5, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, No 38 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Manjit Gill, Dum Pukht, (No. 17, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent (No. 48, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013)
– Loh Lik Peng, global hotelier and restaurateur, The Unlisted Collection
David Thompson, regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Thai cuisine and chef of Nahm (No.3, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, No. 32 The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), has been appointed as the chair and co-curator for the ‘Future of Food’ forum and the workshops. He will co-host the forum and present one of the workshops
The Future of Food: Back to our Roots
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel Singapore
Sunday, 23 February 2014, 10am-6.30pm
This engaging and educational forum will explore current and future gastronomic trends through a series of talks, discussions, short films and spirited debates. Divided into three sessions, the forum will conclude with a cocktail party where attendees can network and meet the presenters.
The morning session (10am-12.30pm), called ‘Raw: The Rise of the Vegetable’, will explore ideas surrounding sustainability and increasing importance of ethics in the food industry. Presenters during this session include Yoshihiro Narisawa, Ben Shewry and Björn Frantzén, amongst others.
In the first of two afternoon sessions, David Thompson, Joan Roca, Andre Chiang, Manish Mehrotra and others will take the stage to deliberate questions on authenticity, innovation and overcoming the confines of convention.
The final session, titled ‘Keeping it Real: The Rise of the Celebrity Chef,’ is likely to spark the most debate. Invited speakers include the ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung from Bo Innovation (No.15, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013) who
will discuss examples of fame eclipsing the food and question whether the cult of the celebrity chef is killing creativity in the kitchen.

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