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Dining Out 3 minutes 11 April 2019

In Pictures: Highlights Of The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 Gala

Last evening, chefs of Michelin-starred restaurants, industry insiders and well-suited diners were out in full force at the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 Gala dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

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The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 was launched on April 10. The second edition of the guide in Taipei saw a total of 24 establishments receiving Michelin stars. Among these, one restaurant made its debut in the guide with two Michelin stars, two restaurants were elevated from one star to two stars this year, while four new one-starred restaurants were added to the selection, showcasing the dynamism of Taiwan’s dining scene.

After the press conference in the morning, chefs of Michelin-starred restaurants, industry insiders and guests were invited for the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner organised by Robert Parker Wine Advocate. To celebrate the achievements of the chefs and their teams, five art pieces by local Taiwanese artists were chosen and exhibited at the gala dinner and five chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants around the region were invited to present dishes inspired by these works of art — a nod to chefs as artists of the culinary world, putting their creativity and work on a plate.

The five guest chefs include Lam Ming Kin of one-Michelin-starred Longtail in Taipei, Atsushi Takahashi of two-starred Kashiwaya in Hong Kong, Tse Man of Taipei’s one-starred Ya Ge, Fabrice Vulin of two-starred The Tasting Room in Macau and Sebastien Lepinoy of two-starred Les Amis in Singapore, who created one-of-a-kind edible works of art inspired by their given paintings.

At the cocktail reception prior to dinner, guests mingled over Nespresso cocktails created by one-Michelin-starred Longtail, participated in games organised by FunNow and had their pictures taken at a photo booth supported by TaiSun.

The dinner opened with fresh breads by the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, accompanied by TaiSun’s ChefOil extra virgin olive oil and as guests were treated to unique creations by the five chefs, they were plied with refreshments by Badoit and evian water, exceptional wines by Penfolds and Juyondai Gold Label sake. Entertainment came in the form of a ballet light show set to live classical music and song performances by Taiwanese songstress Cindy Yen. To conclude the night’s exciting line-up, coffee-themed desserts were served alongside fragrant cups of Nespresso Lungo Decaffeinato coffee or tea.

Below, some highlights from the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner, captured in pictures.
This year's MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner saw 33 tables in the ballroom of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.
This year's MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner saw 33 tables in the ballroom of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.
Renowned chefs from Taiwan and the region were in attendance, including (from left) Mandarin Oriental, Taipei's executive pastry chef Yam Lok Hin, Sebastien Lepinoy of two-starred Les Amis in Singapore, executive chef of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, Adam Tanner, Fabrice Vulin of two-starred The Tasting Room in Macau, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec, Tse Man of Taipei’s one-starred Ya Ge, Atsushi Takahashi of two-starred Kashiwaya in Hong Kong and Lam Ming Kin of one-Michelin-starred Longtail in Taipei.
Renowned chefs from Taiwan and the region were in attendance, including (from left) Mandarin Oriental, Taipei's executive pastry chef Yam Lok Hin, Sebastien Lepinoy of two-starred Les Amis in Singapore, executive chef of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, Adam Tanner, Fabrice Vulin of two-starred The Tasting Room in Macau, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec, Tse Man of Taipei’s one-starred Ya Ge, Atsushi Takahashi of two-starred Kashiwaya in Hong Kong and Lam Ming Kin of one-Michelin-starred Longtail in Taipei.
Guests participated in games organised by FunNow at the cocktail reception.
Guests participated in games organised by FunNow at the cocktail reception.
Chefs pose for photos with guests at the cocktail reception. From left: Paul Lee of newly-minted one-Michelin-starred Impromptu by Paul Lee and Richie Lin of one-starred MUME.
Chefs pose for photos with guests at the cocktail reception. From left: Paul Lee of newly-minted one-Michelin-starred Impromptu by Paul Lee and Richie Lin of one-starred MUME.
At the cocktail reception, guests were treated to cocktails created by Nespresso and one-Michelin-starred Longtail.
At the cocktail reception, guests were treated to cocktails created by Nespresso and one-Michelin-starred Longtail.
For souvenirs, guests had their pictures taken at the instant photo booth supported by TaiSun.
For souvenirs, guests had their pictures taken at the instant photo booth supported by TaiSun.
The evening's entertainment: a beautiful ballet light show set to live classical music.
The evening's entertainment: a beautiful ballet light show set to live classical music.
The International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec gives a speech.
The International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec gives a speech.
The dinner opened with fresh breads by the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei's executive pastry chef Yam Lok Hin, accompanied by TaiSun’s ChefOil extra virgin olive oil.
The dinner opened with fresh breads by the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei's executive pastry chef Yam Lok Hin, accompanied by TaiSun’s ChefOil extra virgin olive oil.
Chefs from one-Michelin-starred restaurants pose for a group photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
Chefs from one-Michelin-starred restaurants pose for a group photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
Throughout the course of the evening, guests were plied with refreshments by Badoit and evian water.
Throughout the course of the evening, guests were plied with refreshments by Badoit and evian water.
The first dish of the evening was Lam Ming Kin's starter of horsehair crab, coconut, loquat and Vietnamese coriander, served in a pool of blue-hued coconut broth that is dyed with butterfly pea flower.
The first dish of the evening was Lam Ming Kin's starter of horsehair crab, coconut, loquat and Vietnamese coriander, served in a pool of blue-hued coconut broth that is dyed with butterfly pea flower.
The dish by two-Michelin-starred Kashiwaya in Hong Kong was a springtime palette of grilled corn and zucchini, and five morsels of stewed shrimp, corned duck, caviar over sea urchin and firefly squid, each with its own specially created sauce.
The dish by two-Michelin-starred Kashiwaya in Hong Kong was a springtime palette of grilled corn and zucchini, and five morsels of stewed shrimp, corned duck, caviar over sea urchin and firefly squid, each with its own specially created sauce.
Chefs and representatives from the two-Michelin-starred restaurants pose for a photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
Chefs and representatives from the two-Michelin-starred restaurants pose for a photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
The delicious food was paired with exceptional wines by Penfolds.
The delicious food was paired with exceptional wines by Penfolds.
Other than wines, guests also indulged in Juyondai Gold Label sake from the 14-generations-old brewery.
Other than wines, guests also indulged in Juyondai Gold Label sake from the 14-generations-old brewery.
The third dish was Ya Ge's ocean-inspired Lobster In Three Compositions: Fish Dumpling, Shrimp Spring Rolls and Peng Hu Lobster with Bell Peppers and Black Bean Sauce.
The third dish was Ya Ge's ocean-inspired Lobster In Three Compositions: Fish Dumpling, Shrimp Spring Rolls and Peng Hu Lobster with Bell Peppers and Black Bean Sauce.
Fabrice Vulin of two-starred The Tasting Room in Macau presented his dish of Beef Tenderloin, Artichoke Ravioli, Foie Gras and Black Truffle from Provence inspired by his childhood in the Hautes-Alpes region.
Fabrice Vulin of two-starred The Tasting Room in Macau presented his dish of Beef Tenderloin, Artichoke Ravioli, Foie Gras and Black Truffle from Provence inspired by his childhood in the Hautes-Alpes region.
Le Palais has retained its three Michelin stars for the second year. Here, general manager of Palais De Chine, Licinio Garavaglia, poses for a photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
Le Palais has retained its three Michelin stars for the second year. Here, general manager of Palais De Chine, Licinio Garavaglia, poses for a photo with International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec.
Taiwanese songstress Cindy Yen enthralled the crowd.
Taiwanese songstress Cindy Yen enthralled the crowd.
Two-starred Les Amis' dessert of Golden Sugar Sphere with Coffee Mousse and Ice-cream on an Espresso Coulis infused with Nespresso Espresso Origin Brazil.
Two-starred Les Amis' dessert of Golden Sugar Sphere with Coffee Mousse and Ice-cream on an Espresso Coulis infused with Nespresso Espresso Origin Brazil.
International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec, together with the guest chefs, take a photo with all the representatives from the Michelin-starred restaurants in the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 selection.
International Director of the MICHELIN Guides Gwendal Poullennec, together with the guest chefs, take a photo with all the representatives from the Michelin-starred restaurants in the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 selection.
For the perfect ending, coffee-themed desserts were served alongside fragrant cups of Nespresso Lungo Decaffeinato coffee or tea.
For the perfect ending, coffee-themed desserts were served alongside fragrant cups of Nespresso Lungo Decaffeinato coffee or tea.
Fine wines, great food and rousing entertainment made for a memorable evening at the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner.
Fine wines, great food and rousing entertainment made for a memorable evening at the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 gala dinner.

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