Features 2 minutes 13 September 2020

MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats: Where 12 Chefs, Authentic Thai Ingredients And Fine Dining Meet

“Chef Chats Thailand” is a miniseries that takes you on a delicious journey through Central Thailand with 12 chefs from MICHELIN-Starred restaurants.

Six Thai chefs play host to six foreign chef friends, both groups from MICHELIN-Starred restaurants, on a journey to learn about the tasty ingredients various provinces in Thailand are famous for. Sea grapes, gourami fish, pomelo, pineapple, and snakehead fish are all elevated to fine dining dishes.

12 chefs from 10 MICHELIN-Starred restaurants in Chef Chats Thailand. (© MICHELIN Guide Thailand)
12 chefs from 10 MICHELIN-Starred restaurants in Chef Chats Thailand. (© MICHELIN Guide Thailand)

MICHELIN Guide Thailand, in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, developed a miniseries to highlight local Thai products. Six Thai chefs from five MICHELIN-Starred restaurants act as local guides for their six foreign chef friends, also from five MICHELIN-Starred restaurants in Thailand. Together, they travel to five Central Thai provinces to discover the favourite ingredients that locals love, providing culinary insights as only these leading chefs can.

This five-episode miniseries showcases the Thai products favoured locally. Viewers learn what makes these items special and became products of national pride to Thais, illustrating their uniqueness and value, while helping out local communities as well.

TRAILER: MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats 2020
See what happens when 12 chefs from MICHELIN-Starred restaurants take a journey, with their chef friends from around the world to 5 Thai provinces on an exploration of famous local ingredients.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats Episode 1: Sea Grapes
Watch the magic happen when Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier of Le Normandie (Two MICHELIN Stars) takes on #Thailand's rising culinary star of One #MICHELIN Starred 80/20, Chef Napol “Joe” Jantraget’s invitation to discover what special ingredient Phetchaburi holds. Join the journey as they craft their new found gem into unique fine dining dishes.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats Episode 2: Gourami Fish
Watch the chefs from Two MICHELIN-Starred Bangkok restaurants; Supaksorn “Ice” Jongsiri and German twin brothers Thomas and Mathias Sühring; venture out to the Central Thai province of Samut Prakan to discover why the gourami fish is a nation-wide superstar, as they experiment with their fine dining recipes and world-class techniques to transform a local product to crafted creations.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats Episode 3: Pineapple
Chef Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn along with pastry chef Arisa “Paper” Panichkul of Saawaan (One MICHELIN Star) invited Chef Garima Arora of Gaa (One MICHELIN Star) on a small adventure to see the land of famous pineapples, Sriracha in Chonburi Province of Thailand. Watch stories unveiled as they found out what makes the local fruits so famously known for its delicacy and sweetness. Later they turned the local fruity star into fine dining creations; from an old recipe dish turned modern with a twist to unimaginable innovative dessert, to Indian-inspired savoury made of locals’ favourite Sriracha pineapple.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats Episode 4: Snakehead Fish
Watch Texan rising culinary star, Chef Riley Sanders of Canvas (One MICHELIN Star), taking on the invitation of Thai country boy Chef Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan of Chim by Siam Wisdom (One MICHELIN Star). They discover why the snakehead fish of Sing Buri is so famously known in Thailand. Hop on the delicious journey as the two experiment the world of fine dining cooking, elevating a local product to the next level.
MICHELIN Guide Thailand Chef Chats Episode 5: Pomelo
With help from the sweet-and-sour gem of the orchard, two distinguished kitchen craftsmen strive for that perfect balance of flavours and textures. Friendly local celebrity Chumpol Jangprai of R-Haan and Mezzaluna’s impeccable Ryuki Kawasaki from Japan - both from Bangkok’s Two MICHELIN-Starred restaurants - roam the land to share their thoughts and insights with Nakhon Pathom’s finest pomelo grower. As their day’s tales unfold, their skillful interpretations transform the humble pomelo into picturesque inspired fares, harmonising multinational culinary techniques and revelations that never cease to amaze.

The local hosts explaining Thai cuisine are Chef Napol “Joe” Jantraget from 80/20 (One MICHELIN Star), Chef Supaksorn “Ice” Jongsiri from Sorn (Two MICHELIN Stars), Chef Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn and Chef Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul from Saawaan (One MICHELIN Star), Chef Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan from Chim by Siam Wisdom (One MICHELIN Star), and Chef Chumpol Jangprai from R-Haan (Two MICHELIN Stars).

They are taking these foreign chef friends: from France, Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier of Le Normandie (One MICHELIN Star); from Germany, twin brothers Thomas and Mathias Sühring of Sühring (Two MICHELIN Star); from India, Chef Garima Arora of Gaa (One MICHELIN Star); from the US, Chef Riley Sanders of Canvas (One MICHELIN Star); and, from Japan, Chef Ryuki Kawasaki of Mezzaluna (Two MICHELIN Stars). They all venture into the world of ingredients held dear by the people from these Central provinces: Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Sing Buri, Phetchaburi, and Samut Prakan.

Watch these chefs discuss their innovative thought processes as they transform traditional, local favourite ingredients into unique fine dining dishes.

Catch “Chef Chats Thailand” on Facebook at MICHELIN Guide Thailand and YouTube at MICHELIN Guide Asia.

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