Culinary Stars from more than 16 Countries Gather for WGS’s 21st Year as #UNGA United Nations Gastronomic Assembly

Asia’s premier food and wine festival continues into its brilliant 21st-year run as the United Nations Gastronomic Assembly (UNGA) to dazzle gourmands in Singapore from 20 March to 16 April. Focusing on and continuing its mission to nurture culinary talents both in Singapore and internationally, the spotlight shines on a new generation of chefs representing at least 16 countries, who are making their mark in today’s vibrant world of gastronomy.

WGS 2017 reaffirms Singapore as a dynamic international culinary hotspot, where gastronomes can expect nothing less than an exquisite line up of gourmet affairs, masterclasses, events and exclusive WGS menus at award-winning and much-loved dining establishments in Singapore.


Also highly anticipated is the 17th Awards of Excellence, widely regarded as one of the most respected accolades in Singapore and around the region. Held on 27 March 2017, the awards honour 36 outstanding recipients and it’s nominees of the Food and Beverage (F&B) and Hospitality industries.

“This year, it is all about culinary talent and mastery. We bring the world together with food by celebrating all those who are integral to the evolution of culinary excellence,” said Peter A. Knipp, CEO of PKH Pte Ltd, who manages and curates the World Gourmet Summit event. “Alongside our very own talented chefs of Singapore, we are honoured to welcome WGS’s most diverse assembly of culinary stars representing countries from Asia, Europe, North and South America.”


Masterchefs and Personalities

Among the illustrious chefs coming to Singapore for WGS 2017 are Jarno Eggen (The Netherlands) of two-Michelin-starred De Groene Lantaarn; four-time World Barbeque champion Grill-Ueli alias Ueli Bernold (Switzerland); Daniel Ovadía, one of Mexico’s most successful chefs-restaurateur; Dharshan Munidasa, who put his native Sri Lanka on the culinary world map with two restaurants in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list; dessert sensation Kiriko Nakamura (Japan) of one-Michelin star Tirpse; and Canadian First Nations Chef Representative Quentin Glabus (Canada).

Showing Singapore’s diners why they are the ones to watch is a select group of young chefs from the esteemed Pachacútec Culinary Institute in Peru, protégés of the school’s founder and South America’s renowned Chef Gaston Acurio.

Adding some spice is celebrity Chef Thaninthorn Chantrawan (or Chef Noom as he is popularly known) from Thailand, famous for his successful stint on the Thai version of Iron Chef.

Luxurious Gourmet Events

Some of the city’s most notable and award-winning establishments will be hosting intriguing events and specially crafted dinners, as well as showcasing exclusively created WGS menus.

Gourmands can also look forward to getting hands-on tips and culinary insights presented by the visiting and Singapore’s own Masterchefs through various masterclasses and workshops.

More WGS Signature Events to look out for:

  • UNcover a Gourmet Atlas with Chope “#UNGA United Nations Gastronomic Assembly” on 2 April 2017, is one of the must-go events of this year’s festival. A celebration of this year’s theme, it will showcase the best of food and beverage that represent the various cuisines featured at the World Gourmet Summit. With the ambassadors of the different embassies in attendance, this gourmet party truly lives up to the theme as we bring the world together with food.
  • 4 Hands Epicurean Delights featuring Mitch Lienhard and Ryan Clift on 30 March 2017 sees Mitch Lienhard (global winner of San Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 from San Francisco, USA) joining Ryan Clift (recognized as one of the world’s greatest chefs of today) presenting an exquisite dinner at award-winning restaurant Tippling Club. For one night only, this collaboration is definitely not to be missed.
  • Rougie Gourmet Delights featuring Jarno Eggen at Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental Singapore on 31 March 2017. The Dutch culinary maestro of two-Michelin-starred De Groene Lantaarn in Zuidwolde, The Netherlands brings his distinctive creative and technical flair to Singapore in an exceptional 5-course dinner, crafted and harmoniously paired with Champagne Ruinart.
  • World Gourmet Summit 2017: National Kidney Foundation (NKF) “Better Lives” Charity Gala Dinner on 6 April 2017, featuring awarding winning chefs from Singapore National Culinary Team (IKA 2016 Culinary Olympics Overall Champions) and the Singapore Junior Chefs Club (Champions of inaugural Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chefs Challenge in Abu Dhabi), Chef Kirk Westaway from JAAN (Awarded one- Michelin star by Singapore Michelin Guide 2016) and Robert Stirrup, Swissôtel The Stamford’s Director of Culinary Operations. Not only does this dinner serve to support NKF in their on-going mission to provide care for kidney patients and raise public awareness of kidney disease prevention, this charity gala also celebrates NKF’s 48th anniversary.
  • The Royal Gourmet Staycation at Samardhi Villa & Tamarind Hill on 8 and 9 April 2017, for only 38 guests (two guests per room, 19 rooms only). A 2D1N royal experience where guests are pampered with delicious cuisine fit for royalty by Resident Chef Wanthana Nikosaen. Guests enjoy activities such as tea appreciation, wine and music afternoon with a Thai market soiree on the first day, and wrapping it up with a beautiful Sunday brunch on the second day. In the calm of this enclave, guests get to experience a total lifestyle enjoyment.
  • Talad Market Dinner on 8 April 2017 showcases over 25 authentic Thai creations from across the country amidst an historic colonial bungalow. Toast the evening with free flowing glasses of ice cold beer.
  • Sunday Brunch on 9 April 2017 is perched atop the Labrador Nature Reserve in a historical bungalow amid lush surroundings; Tamarind Hill is the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch. The multitude of World Gourmet Summit 2017 partners will put forth their finest offerings in a brunch party like no other!
  • Mucho Mexico Dinner featuring Daniel Ovadía at El Mero Mero on 30 March 2017, Daniel Ovadía is known for his innovative style and a rising culinary star icon in Mexico. He has been elected by the Mexican government to represent the country in its bicentennial celebrations in 2010 and received the national award for “Best Mexican Restaurant” in the young restaurant entrepreneur category. A young but talented chef to best showcase Mexico, too much is never enough.
  • Canadian Flavours featuring Quentin Glabus on 28 March 2017. Chef Glabus represents Canadian embassies around the world, serving up the best of Canada. He designed and produced many signature dishes at representational functions. Thus, it is only fitting that he was the supervising head Canadian chef at the Canadian Olympic House in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics last year. He will be whipping up new culinary creations using Canadian products for a truly Canadian gastronomic experience.

Notable Partnerships

WGS continues to support the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in its quest to provide care for kidney patients and raise public awareness of kidney disease prevention. With Singapore having one of the highest kidney failure cases, this support brings life and hope to needy patients.

During the “Better Lives” Charity Gala Dinner, an auction will be carried out and all funds raised donated to NKF. In addition to providing dialysis treatment, these funds will contribute towards the education and prevention efforts to raise awareness and curb the rise of kidney diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, which are the leading causes of kidney failure.

WGS is also proud to announce a new partnership with Turkish Airlines who will be joining this year as the Official Airline Partner, taking distinguished chefs from around the world to Singapore for Asia`s premier gourmet festival.

Information on WGS and all WGS 2017 events is available on All reservations can be made online via reservation partner Chope through the WGS website.


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