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Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy Returns Bigger and Brighter with Twelve World Famous Chefs in Ten Cities

The acclaimed Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy will return for a second year with an illustrious line-up of celebrated chefs at 11 Shangri-La hotels from 25 to 31 October 2016.  The 12 chefs – three of whom have restaurants listed in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – hold a total of 20 Michelin Stars between them and will headline Shangri-La’s culinary event, which will be simultaneously launched in 11 of the group’s hotels in ten cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Manila, Paris, Taipei, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

International Festival of Gastronomy 2016

The gastronomy festival, co-sponsored by evian and BADOIT, will spotlight the chefs’ remarkable talents and techniques as they elevate guests’ dining experiences through culinary artistry and excellence.  Details about the chefs and prices can be viewed at www.shangrilalovesfood.com.

The 12 world acclaimed chefs are:

Frédéric Anton from the three Michelin-starred Le Pré Catelan makes his first Hong Kong appearance at Island Shangri-La’s Restaurant Petrus.  Since 2000, Anton has been chef at the restaurant in Bois de Boulogne, France that occupies a white-washed pavilion dating back to Napoleon III.  In contrast, Anton’s dishes resemble contemporary masterpieces that are interpretations of classic dishes and reflect the best use of ingredients.  Lunch menus from HK$620 (US$79) and dinner menus from HK$1,780 (US$229) will be available with wine pairing options.  Find Anton on Instagram and Twitter.

Stefano Baiocco’s dedication to his craft hits all the right culinary notes with diners at the two Michelin-starred Villa Feltrinelli overlooking Lake Garda in Italy.  Known for his fondness of incorporating fresh herbs and edible flowers in his creations, he once used 140 different plants in one dish.  When at Angelini in Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Baiocco will deliver Italian fare that is strong in colour and delicate in flavour.  Lunch prices start from HK$418 (US$53) while dinner options start from HK$1,080 (US$139).  Wine pairing recommendations will be available.  Find Villa Feltrinelli on Instagram.

Returning to the gastronomy festival for a second year is Enrico Bartolini who will travel from the two Michelin-starred Devero Restaurant in Italy to be at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta’s Rosso Italian restaurant.  Bartolini does not disappoint with flawlessly executed and contemporary classic cuisine that is inspired from the past and present.  His dishes are intensely flavoured and aesthetically perfect to be photographed. Lunch and dinner prices start from IDR398,000 (US$30) and IDR1,098,000 (US$83) respectively.  Follow Bartolini on Facebook.

Another world renowned maestro making a return appearance at Shangri-La’s culinary festival is Mauro Colagreco whose two Michelin-starred Mirazur restaurant moved up to sixth place on this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.  Colagreco will be at AZUR – his recently opened restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing – to present creations that reflect his Argentinian-Italian heritage and play to his love for colour and boldness.  Colagreco’s lunch and dinner menus start from RMB598 (US$89) and RMB1,988 (US$297) respectively.  Colagreco is on Instagram and Twitter.

Serving his award-winning specialties at Summer Palace in Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai will be Ip Chi Cheung, head chef at the two Michelin-starred Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La.  Ip is a favourite on the Hong Kong food scene for traditional Cantonese cuisine as his timeless approach to cooking preserves the refinement and flavours of classic dishes.  Ip’s set menu is priced at RMB998 (US$149) and available with wine or Chinese tea pairing. Find Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Based at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris’ Shang Palace – the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France – is Samuel Lee Sum.  The young chef, who was inspired by his mother’s family to cook, proves age is but a number when it comes to expressing the subtleties and distinct styles of Chinese cooking.  For the festival, Lee will present a special menu from €128 (USD144) that is beautifully balanced in colour and texture.  Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Chef and restauranteur Virgilio Martinez who is garnering attention for his Central restaurant in Lima, Peru – ranked fourth on 2016’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s Best Restaurant – is headed to the foodie city of Singapore with incredible dishes to highlight Lima’s vibrant food scene and share his modern take on traditional Peruvian specialties.  Martinez’s menu will be available at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s BLU from S$448 (US$329) with wine pairing.  He is on Instagram and Twitter.

Excellent Cantonese cuisine has made Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong the recipient of two Michelin stars for eight consecutive years.  Mok Kit Keung, chef at the establishment, fascinates regulars with his rendition of classic dishes, which he playfully updates and innovates.  During the festival, Shang Palace guests can expect more of Mok’s surprising flavours that will excite both appetite and the imagination.  His menus are priced from HK$1,388 (US$178) and exclude wine.  Find Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris’ Christophe Moret draws a well-heeled crowd to two Michelin-starred L’Abeille.  While guest appearing at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo’s Piacere, he will share a flavour of what Parisians love and creations that are a feast for both the eye and palate with a five- and eight-course menu rich with locally sourced produce. The menus are priced at JPY20,000 and JPY28,000 respectively and available with wine pairing. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Giancarlo Perbellini – world class artisan and owner of two Michelin-star Casa Perbellini in Italy – is returning to the global festival.  He is a legend whose cuisine can be characterised by the Italian region in which he was born.  Precise and with an emphasis on home-made, Perbellini’s standout dishes – available through a six-course tasting menu priced at GBP110 (US$145) – will match the stellar view from TĪNG Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard.  Find Perbellini on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Debuting at Marco Polo restaurant at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei is Gaetano Trovato, chef-owner of the two Michelin-starred Arnolfo restaurant in Tuscany.  An extreme advocate of only using fresh and seasonal produce, Trovato is respectful of traditions and his eye for detail ensures diners are spoilt by perfect portions with contrasting tastes and unusual pairings.  Two special menus priced from NT$1,288 (US$40) and NT$2,888 (US$91) will be available.  Follow Arnolfo on Facebook.

Mitsuharu Tsumura, born in Lima, Peru, is chef at Maido – the restaurant which took the number 13 spot on this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.  Gifted at magically merging Peruvian and Japanese influences, Tsumura is a perfectionist at heart and applies a contemporary approach while making traditional food.  Guests at Samba in Shangri-La At The Fort, Manila will be intrigued with Tsumura’s Nikkei cuisine, which shows amazing diversity even though it has only been around for 60 years.  His lunch and dinner menus are priced from PHP2,250 (US$47) and PHP4,500 (US$94) respectively.  Find Tsumura on Twitter and Facebook.

The chefs’ special menus for the Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy will be available from 25 to 29 October with the exception of Mauro Colagreco and Mitsuharu Tsumura, whose menus will be served 29 to 31 October and 27 to 31 October respectively.  Information on the menus, prices and chefs are available at www.ShangriLaLovesFood.com.  Reservations for each event can also be made at the same website.  All prices in local currency are quoted per person, US Dollars are approximate.  Service charge and/or government tax applies. 

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