[FOOD] World Gourmet Summit 2012 Opening Reception

It would have been a mundane Monday (with abysmally humid weather) but for the anticipation of the start of 11 days of gastronomic pleasures. 6:30 PM at the Maritime Experiential Museum saw the gathering of hosting chefs, guest chefs, and the who’s who of the hosting establishments for an exclusive pre-opening press conference. It was apt that the 16th World Gourmet Summit would kick start at the museum – the sails of the Bao Chuan in the background was a majestic symbol of 16 years of epicurean collaborations, culinary innovation and good taste.

Chefs Kevin Cherkas and Jakob Esko
Hosting chefs Kevin Cherkas (left) of BLU, Shangri-La Hotel, and Jakob Esko of The Knolls, Capella Singapore.
 
Press conference for the World Gourmet Summit 2012 at the Maritime Experiential Museum
A quaint “speed-dating” styled press conference with the master chefs and hosting chefs at The Wharf in the Maritime Experiential Museum
 
Chef Janice Wong
Local hosting pastry chef Janice Wong of 2am:lab is the only female chef on the panel this year

 The opening reception at 8pm at Universal Studios Singapore was spectacular and a surprise; who would have thought that the boulevards of a theme park could transform into a setting befitting of gastronomic indulgence? It was a scene right out of a movie: a celebration on the streets of downtown Manhattan. The hosting establishments and wineries set up stations along the street, filling the warm air with the heady smells of the world’s finest flavours.

Entrance to WGS 2012 Opening Reception at Universal Studios Singapore
Belvedere’s open bar welcomed guests at the start of the reception.

World Gourmet Summit 2012 Opening Reception at Universal Studios Singapore

Steering away from the cold detached feeling of buffets, the stations featured live preparations of the dishes, allowing guests to view first-hand the craft behind the final product.

Capella's Braised Lamp Shoulder with liquid Gnocchi
Braised Lamb Shoulder with liquid Gnocchi from Capella Singapore
 
Deliciae's Raspadura
Deliciae Hospitality introduces Raspadura, flakes of savoury parmesan cheese scraped from a large slab with a special blade. Aromatic and lightly salty.
 
Gattopardo Italian Grill and Pizzabar's Almond Gazpacho with Milk Crisp and Oyster
Gattopardo Italian Grill and Pizzabar’s very popular Almond Gazpacho with Milk Crisp and Oyster in preparation
 
 Osia’s Fried Lamb Shoulder with Bush Tomato Jam
One of RWS’ signature restaurants Osia’s Fried Lamb Shoulder with Bush Tomato Jam
 
Forest’s Tuna Tartar marinated with Fresh Mango served in Cone
Forest’s Tuna Tartar marinated with Fresh Mango served in Cone

And what is an opening reception without some entertainment? And along that vein of thought, what is New York without something to entertain?

Betty Boop with guest at WGS 2012
Betty Boop flirted and wove between guests

 

Marilyn at the WGS 2012 opening
And a luscious Marilyn Monroe, seen here with Chef Lucas Glanville of mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore, added a touch of old Hollywood glam
 
Mel's Dinettes at New York Public Library
Universal Studios Singapore’s singing trio Mel’s Dinettes tapping on the steps of the New York Public Library – not something you see every day.
 
WGS 2012 visiting chefs at New York Public Library
Which coincidentally, also made a magnificent backdrop for a token presentation ceremony for the guest chefs

 

Be part of the action and catch these chefs and more – there are still seven days to the World Gourmet Summit. Why not head on down for the Citibank Gastronomic Jam sessions today and tomorrow, or find an event you fancy and sign up here. Read more about the events happening here at Resorts World Sentosa here.

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