In addition to its usual line-up of celebrity chefs, gourmet masterclasses and exclusive pop-up events, this year’s World Gourmet Summit (WGS) promises to delve into some of world’s most unique cuisines and cultures.
Returning this year for its 22nd edition from 2 to 29 April, WGS continues to present signature events like the Awards of Excellence—now in its 18th run, the ceremony will honour 25 individuals and restaurants for their outstanding contributions to the regional culinary scene—and the United Nations Gastronomic Assembly (UNGA) event, which will see CHIJMES transformed into a gourmet marketplace with 40 stations dishing out gourmet food and produce.
This year, the food and wine festival will be putting some of the world’s most underrated cuisines in the limelight. According to Peter A. Knipp, CEO of Peter Knipp Holdings, which manages and curates WGS, “We are taking a journey of gastronomic discovery, presenting unique cuisines that are starting to trend globally but have yet to come into the spotlight here in Singapore.”
What catches our eye especially this year is two-Michelin-starred chef Julien Royer’s homage to the late Paul Bocuse, who was widely recognised as the father of modern French cuisine. Slated to be held at Royer’s Odette restaurant on the 12th, guests will be treated to an extraordinary showcase of nouvelle cuisine in celebration of chef Bocuse’s exemplary life and achievements.
Other master chefs that are billed to make an appearance this year include Raymond Blanc (Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, UK, two Michelin stars), Kevin Thornton (formerly of Thornton’s Restaurant, Ireland, one Michelin star), Patrizia di Benedetto (Bye Bye Blues, Italy, one Michelin star), Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room, Australia), Akira Back (DOSA, Korea, one Michelin star; Akira Back, Singapore).
For the latest line-up of events, check out WGS’s main website here.