The Embassy of Italy in Bangkok and the Italian Trade Agency Bangkok Office are thrilled to host the 8th Edition of the Italian Week of Cuisine in the World, taking place from November 13th to 19th, 2023. This culinary extravaganza offers a delectable experience with a diverse program under the theme, "At the Table with Italian Cuisine: Well-being with Taste." It's an annual event that celebrates Italian culinary traditions and promotes Italian food and wine culture on a global scale, with a core mission to showcase the exceptional quality of Italian culinary traditions blended with innovative elements.
H.E. Paolo Dionisi, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, highlighted, "This year's edition of the Italian Cuisine Week revolves around the theme 'At the Table with Italian Cuisine: Well-being with Taste.' We will focus on healthy lifestyles, the quality of Italian products, and their effect on the well-being of individuals. For this purpose, we have invited the award-winning Italian Chef Enrico Derflingher, who will prepare a special menu at Nusara restaurant in collaboration with starred Thai Chef Thitid 'Ton' Tassanakajohn. Chef Derflingher will also present his signature dish at UNIT Wine Dinner for the first time in Thailand, conduct masterclasses and panel talk for ALMA course students at The Food School Bangkok, and participate in TV programs. Additional activities include a soccer match combined with food tasting, Italian cuisine classes, gourmet dinners, and Italian restaurants certified 'Ospitalità italiana' offering special menus throughout the week. The Italian Cuisine Week will continue in Phnom Penh, featuring masterclasses on Italian wines by a certified Sommelier and special menus by Italian restaurants."
Ms. Paola Guida, Italian Trade Commissioner-Thailand & Myanmar, added, "We are extremely pleased to present The 8th Edition of the Italian Cuisine Week in the World, featuring the rich Italian cuisine experience with many activities. These include promotions of Italian restaurants around Bangkok for the public, an elegant gala dinner, the Italian Wine Tour event, an informative panel talk on the link between food and health and the Mediterranean diet, and a Cooking Class. We also invite delegates in the food and beverage as well as wine business from neighbouring countries—Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia—to participate in the series of activities in Thailand.
Highlight Programs in Thailand:
Tuesday, November 14, 2023:
A spectacular Gala Dinner at Nusara Restaurant, created by the legendary Italian Chef Enrico Derflingher himself. Collaborating with him, "Chef Ton" Thitid Tassanakajohn of Nusara, an expert in Thai cuisine, harmoniously balances family traditions with modern culinary techniques to create a collaboration menu perfectly paired with Italian wine.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023:
UNIT Wine Tour 2023 Thailand. For the first time in Thailand, experience the wonderful world of unexpected journeys through Italian wines by UNIT Wine Tour at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel. The day begins with a Wine Master class, followed by a Meet & Taste walk-around to meet 20 wineries from 10 regions in Italy.
UNIT Wine Dinner. An evening of Italian food & beverage and wine excellence awaits at The Food School Bangkok. Dubbed as an 'Unexpected Dinner,' the event features the finest Italian cuisine from its Cooking Station manned by chefs from the renowned ALMA - The School of Italian Culinary Arts, The Food School Bangkok, and festival’s guest chef Enrico Derflingher.
Thursday, November 16, 2023:
Cooking Masterclass. The 8th Edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine Week in the World in Bangkok will culminate at a Cooking Masterclass for students enrolled in ALMA courses at The Food School, instructed by chefs from ALMA in collaboration with special guest chef Enrico Derflingher.
A Panel Talk. The discussion, titled "A tavola con la cucina italiana: il benessere con gusto" - "At the Table with Italian Cuisine: Well-being with Taste," will explore the concept of well-being through Italian cuisine. Learn about Italian Cuisine as a UNESCO-nominated Heritage from experts – Chef Enrico Derflingher and a Gastroenterologist-Director of Bumrungrad’s well-being and longevity program. Interested parties to attend the Panel Talk can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (limited seating).
For the entire week of November 13-19, join in celebrating the heritage and flavours of Italian Cuisine. Explore special offers from Italian restaurants certified 'Ospitalità italiana 2023' around Bangkok. The participating Italian restaurants include Acqua Bangkok, Cetara, Coastiera, Da Lena, Favola, Gianni Ristorante, Giglio Trattoria Fiorentina, Il Bolognese, IO - Italian Osteria Bangkok, L'Oliva, Pizza Massilia, and Starita.
Find out more about The 8th Edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World by visiting the Facebook Page: ITA Bangkok.