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World Gourmet Summit 2016: What to watch for (and eat!)

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Starting next week, Singapore will become the culinary capital of the world as it hosts the 20th annual World Gourmet Summit!

Foodie mamas, it’s almost time for one of the gourmet biggies of 2016! The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) is just around the corner (28 March to 24 April 2016).

As WGS celebrates 20 sumptuous years of fine cuisine, unique dining and outstanding wines, diners in Singapore can get set for a brilliant showcase of international culinary stars, gastronomic experiences, home grown talents and visiting personalities.

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Here are some highlights to look forward to:

Masterchef Reto Mathis from St. Moritz will be back at WGS this year along with other Michelin-starred chefs including Yoshinori Ishii, prominent kaiseke chef of London-based Japanese restaurant Umu fame; Javier Aranda, a rising star in the Spanish culinary scene; renowned three Michelin-starred chef Nacho Manzano from Spain’s famous Ibérica Restaurant; Arnaud Bignon of the famous Greenhouse in London’s Mayfair; and the Kyoto stylings of Japanese cuisine expert (and two Michelin-starred) Takagi Kazuo. This is just the tip of the culinary iceberg, mamas, as there will be several other familiar faces and famous names from the gourmet scene at WGS.

Here’s just a taste of some of the city’s most popular and award winning restaurants which will be hosting an array of events and exquisite dinners with exclusively crafted World Gourmet Summit menus:

Mandarin Oriental – Dolce Vita
Tong Le Private Dining
Ding Dong
Stellar @ 1-Altitude
El Tardeo
Punjab Grill
Tamarind Hill
Tunglok Signatures @ Orchard Parade Hotel
The Disgruntled Chef at The Club

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Other partner restaurants include Bacchanalia, El Mero Mero, Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare, Le Bistro du Sommelier, Lewin Terrace, Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay, Salt Grill and Sky Bar, Open Farm Community, The Butchers Club, SAHA Signature Indian Restaurant, Terra and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse.

Some of the Signature Events at the Summit that particularly caught my interest include:

Le 3 Mamme Dinner: An international masterchefs event featuring Mrs. Giovanna Randone, Mrs Gianna Fossati and Mrs Maria Teresa Biovi, from the Liguria region who will cook up an Italian feast. Get set for a hearty and homely rustic Italiano dinner!

When: Monday, 4 April
Where: Forlino, 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton #02-06, Singapore 049213, Tel: (+65) 6690 7564

Hong Kong Street Party: 28 Hong Kong Street, Bacchanalia, The Butchers Club, Vasco and FOC will get together to present the ultimate back alley block party where revellers can tuck into delicious food and cocktails under the stars.

When: Sunday, 3 April
Where: 28 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059667

A 10 Year Kitchen Affair: At the end if this month, Chef de Cuisine/Owner Brandon Foo of Le Bistrot du Sommelier will pay homage to his chef mentors with a special five-course menu which celebrates his culinary achievements in the past decade. This event sounds promising and is restricted to 40 diners, so ensure your reservations at the earliest.

When: Wednesday, 30 March
Where: Le Bistrot du Sommelier, 53 Armenian Street, Singapore 179940

From the Ground, in the Pan, on the Plate: Open Farm Community in conjunction with Ochota Barrels, South Australia will serve up an exclusive 6-course wine dinner with dishes that combine fresh ingredients from its horticultural hub and urban garden.

When: Tuesday, 29 March
Where: Open Farm Community, Singapore, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306

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There are also charity dinners, culinary symphonies, lavish sit-down dinners with bottles of bubbly and debates amongst world-renowned chefs on trending topics such as the big question about whether local talent is receiving the recognition they deserve.

So there you have it, mama: Singapore looks to be the culinary capital of the world from Monday 28 March to Sunday, 24 April, 2016. Tickets are selling fast so log on to the World Gourmet Summit site now. It’s going to be a busy month for us foodie mamas – exciting times ahead! Bon Appetit!

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