The World Gourmet Summit (WGS) in Singapore turns 21!  Running from 20 March to 16 April 2017, you can look forward to a glorious feast of events that brings together a stellar cast of international culinary stars, home-grown talents, visiting industry personalities and discerning individuals who appreciate fine wines and cuisines. Some history: WGS was inaugurated back in 1997 as part of Singapore Tourism Board’s initiative to establish Singapore as a culinary destination and has since successfully grown into a globally recognized gastronomic event.

In this post, I want to focus on a list of all 8 masterclasses that will be held at various establishment across Singapore. Why just the masterclasses you ask? Simply because it’s a good chance to interact with the respective Masterchefs, to gain an invaluable insight into their minds and it’s just really fun to watch them work! I heard that these masterclasses are really popular, so make sure you book them early from the WGS website, click here to see all the events, featured activities and epicurean delights on their event calendar.


Mescal Masterclass with Luis Rodriguez
Singapore Mexican RestaurantBorn in the heart of Mexico City in 1978, Chef Luis Rodriguez fell for the colorful ingredients in the markets and the flavors of his country. Graduating with a degree in gastronomy in 2004 from the Universidad de Claustro de Sor Juana, he was taught by some of the greatest professionals like Arturo Luengas and Mikel Alonso. In 2012, he arrived in the country of food lovers, Singapore. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: El Mero Mero, Chijmes
Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Time: 06:00pm – 11:00pm
Price: $68++ per person
Dress code: Smart Casual


Argentine Discovery Masterclass & Lunch with Chef Diego Jacquet
Singapore Argentine restaurantCelebrate the rich flavours and cultural excellence of Cocina Argentina with boCHINche’s Chef Patron Diego Jacquet (Instagram) as he takes you through an exclusive lunch masterclass, featuring Argentine classics such as Empanadas, Flank Steaks and “Dulce de Leche” Pancakes. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: boCHINche
Date: Friday, 24 March 2017
Time: 11:30am – 03:00pm
Price: $45++ per person for a 3-course meal
Dress code: Smart Casual


Pastry Masterclass & Afternoon Tea featuring Kiriko Nakamura & Keisuke Matsumoto

With 16 years of professional experience in Japan and France under her belt and a book published under her name, critically-acclaimed Chef Patissiere Kiriko Nakamura honed her craft at some of the finest kitchens in Tokyo and Paris, which includes Michelin-starred restaurants Itinéraires (Paris), Hélène Darroze (Paris), L’Instant d’Or (Paris) and most recently Tirpse (Tokyo). Experience a multi-layered sensory session which lends guests a new perspective towards desserts and be enchanted by her creations. Guest Chef Nakamura will join hands with Lewin Terrace‘s executive Chef Matsumoto to create the best gourmet afternoon tea experience. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: Miele Gallery
Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Time: 03:00pm – 06:00pm
Price: $128+ per person


Culinary Masterclass & Luncheon at Miele featuring Quentin Glabus

Chef Quentin Glabus combines an impressive culinary background, a strong design sense, a spirit of teamwork leadership, tremendous work ethic, and diverse experience in restaurant and catering management.  He is based in, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the executive chef of his eponymous establishment – Chef Quentin Glabus, Private Dinners. His experience includes being the supervising head Canadian chefs for the Canadian Olympic House during the 2016 Rio Olympics. He created and designed over 200 recipes for the team, guests and VIPs. See Masterclass details here.

Venue: Miele Gallery
Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Time: 10:00am – 02:00pm
Price: Fully booked


Culinary Masterclass Tasting Menu featuring Grill Ueli
Singapore Specialty meatIt has been over 30 years since Chef Ueli discovered his great passion for barbecuing. At 19 years old, Chef Ueli completed his training and qualified as a butcher with top grades. In 1987, he had obtained qualifications to be certified as a master butcher. In 1997, he entered the Swiss Barbecue Competition for the first time and was crowned champion. He was subsequently conferred the title of Swiss Barbeque Champion eight times, European Champion four times and World Champion four times. In 2015, he was voted Butcher of the Year in Switzerland by the Swiss Butcher Association. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: Huber’s Butchery & Bistro
Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Time: 03:00pm – 05:00pm
Price: $108+ per person


Culinary Masterclass & Luncheon at Miele featuring Jarno Eggen

Two Michelin-starred Chef Jarno Eggen has amassed twenty years of experience in the culinary industry for both haute and nouvelle cuisine. Born in The Netherlands, Chef Eggen began his illustrious culinary journey learning from the best throughout Europe with experiences at luxurious three Michelin star restaurants such as Restaurant Parkheuvel and Restaurant Martín Berasategui in Spain. With great experience in both haute and nouvelle cuisine, this is an opportunity to watch his innovations tell the story of his illustrious culinary journey. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: Miele Gallery
Date: Thursday, 30 March 2017
Time: 10:00am – 02:00pm
Price: $128+ per person


Culinary Masterclass & Luncheon at Miele featuring Daniel Ovadia

Known for his innovative style, Chef Ovadía is a rising culinary icon in Mexico as well as successful restaurateur. He is the founder of the Bull & Tank Restaurant Group and has established nine restaurants in Mexico and one in Paris, France. This would be an intimate session into the mind of this young rising star as he shares the heart and soul of his signature dishes and his look on the industry, entertaining and inspiring the guests. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: Miele Gallery
Date: Friday, 31 March 2017
Time: 10:00am – 02:00pm
Price: $128+ per person


Culinary Masterclass & Luncheon at Miele featuring Bíró Lajos

Bringing “modern Hungarian” to the plate and giving birth to this concept, Bíró Lajos takes on Hungarian classics with a modern twist. When he was the manager and chef of Múzeum Kávéház Étterem, it was voted as the best restaurant in Hungary for five times, proving his commitment to the cuisine. He has opened the first Chinese restaurant in Hungary and was among the pioneers who had implemented Chinese cuisine to the local diet. Here, he will showcase his techniques with signature dishes on how he brought this concept to life in Budapest, which has become a trend in the Hungarian dining scene. Book this masterclass here.

Venue: Miele Gallery
Date: Wednesday, 05 April 2017
Time: 10:00am – 02:00pm
Price: $128+ per person


Bonus event: Taland Tamarind: A Thai Night Market
Singapore Modern Asian restaurantsThis is not a masterclass, but I am sure it will be a lot of fun! Witness the transformation of a historic, colonial bungalow into a bustling Thai street market complete with outdoor grills and street food stalls. Toast to an epicurean evening with glasses of ice-cold beer, and savour over 25 authentic Thai creations from Tamarind Hill’s team of Thai chefs, helmed by Chef Wanthana who has been nominated for Chefs’ Choice (Asian Cuisine) in this year’s World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence. Get your tickets and see the menu here.

Venue: Tamarind Hill Singapore
Date: Saturday, 08 April 2017
Time: 08:00pm – 11:00pm
Price: $88++ with free flow beer


Also check out the 14 Epicurean Delights lunch / dinner event which are happening across various participating restaurants, from 29 March to 7 April. Most notably the WGS four-hands Epicurean Delights featuring Mitch Lienhard & Ryan Clift at the Tippling Club, an exquisite collaboration that’s not to be missed.

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