HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Preside at Chefs Charity

Bangkok (Thailand) – January 30, 2018 (travelindex.com) - High-profile charity dinner of the year, the 2018 Bangkok Chefs Charity, organized by Gourmet One, Thailand’s leading importer of fine food products, is ready to kick off its 9th edition, to be participated by 20 top chefs from five-star hotels and Thai Airways International, on Saturday 3rd March, 2018 at the Royal Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. This year’s gourmet menu highlights premium fine food products imported from around the world prepared alongside Camellia Seed Oil from “PatPat” and pesticide-free vegetables from “Jan-Ka-Pak” projects.

“This year the chefs are not only engaged in the creation of the 10-course gourmet dinner menu, but they also have to create the menu under one important condition – to incorporate in the menu the use of Camellia Seed Oil product from “PatPat” and pesticide-free vegetables from “Jan-Ka-Pak”, two royally-initiated agricultural development projects under the Chaipattana Foundation at Chakrabandh Pensiri Center for Plant Development at Tambon Pongpha, Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province. These two highlighted food ingredients will be used to craft a perfect gourmet dinner menu alongside other imported premium fine food products such as Foie Gras, Wagyu beef, Lobsters, Baby Lamb and more,” said Ms. Nuntiya Hame-ung-gull, Managing Director of Gourmet One.

Ms. Nuntiya added that, “The reason we bring in Camellia Seed Oil product from PatPat and pesticide-free vegetables from Jan-Ka-Pak as ingredients for this year’s event, is because we want the public to know about the many benefits of tea tree oil, a high-quality product of Chaipattana Foundation. The Chaipattana Foundation has carried out extensive agricultural development projects which produce many quality products in order to ensure sustainable benefits for all communities. This is in line with the event’s concept -- to serve each specially created menu using both imported products and Thai ingredients such as Camellia Seed Oil and pesticide-free vegetables which are two high-quality products from the royally-initiated project of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn – aimed to be the ultimate gourmet creation in support of long-term sustainability.”

“In addition, another highlight this year is the participation of 11 aspiring Young Chefs who have been carefully selected and who have shown interest in cooking. Each young chef will partner with 2 top chefs to form a team. This is another tough angle for the top chefs team as they have to come up with menus that can teach young chefs. But it will certainly add fun and colour to the evening.”

Another exciting highpoint at the BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY GALA DINNER is of course the Chefs Auctions where successful bidders will be presented with a formal dinner cooked by the chosen chefs at their residence. All proceeds from ticket sales and chefs auctions, without any deductions, will be presented to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, to benefit the Royal Patrol Police schools.

The 2018 BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY was first organized in 2009 and has continued annually since then. Proceeds amounting to more than 87.5 million baht from ticket sales and chefs auctions from the past 8 years which were presented to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had benefitted the Royal Patrol Police schools, provided scholarships for needy children as well as contributed towards purchase of teaching and learning materials and sports equipment.

At the 2016 Bangkok Chefs Charity event as much as 25 million baht was collected for donation. The highest contribution of 15 million baht was made by Mr. Charoen and Khunying Wanna Sirivadhanabhakdi; followed by Mr. Vichai and Mrs. Juthamas Bencharongkul who donated 3 million baht. The organizer presented all proceeds to H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to help needy schoolchildren in remote areas of Thailand, and to go towards in particular to the construction of the “Bangkok Chefs Charity Border Patrol Police School” at Ban Mae Longtai, Omkoi District, Chiangmai Province in order to provide full educational services to poor children in remote areas of Omkoi. It is extremely difficult for outsiders to reach Omkoi by road -- 8 hours’ drive for the 320 km. distance. The area is also completely inaccessible by road during the rainy season due to lack of proper bridges.

The 2018 BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY participated by 20 top chefs from five-star hotels and Thai Airways International, will be staged on Saturday 3rd March, 2018 in the Royal Ballroom of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok at 17.30 hours.

List of 2018 participating Executive Chefs and hotels:
1. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel Chef Jan Van Dyk
2. The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel Bangkok Chef Gael Lardiere
3. Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Chef Nathan Chilcott
4. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Chef Michael Hogan
5. Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Chef Somchai Deeying
6. The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Chef Pisit Jinopong
7. Dusit Thani Bangkok Chef Philippe Keller
8. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Chef Markus Zuck
9. InterContinental Bangkok Chef Rolando Manesco
10. JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok Chef Kevin B. Thomson
11. The Landmark Bangkok Chef Philippe Gaudal
12. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Chef Dominique Bugnand
13. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Chef Norbert Kostner
14. The Okura Prestige Bangkok Chef Antony Scholtmeyer
15. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok Chef Marc Erwin Cibrowius
16. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Chef Gaetano Palumbo
17. Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Chef Mark Hagenbach
18. The St. Regis Bangkok Chef Richard Sawyer
19. The Sukhothai Bangkok Chef Thitisorn Amatasin
20. Thai Airways International Public Company Limited Chef Pierre Andre Hauss

The annual BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY event also receives warm support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and wines from Central Wine Cellar.

For those who are interested to join the 2018 BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY, tickets @12,500 baht per seat (10 seats per table) are now on sale. For reservations and more information, please contact Gourmet One Food Services Tel: 02403 3388 ext. 511 or 085-1526857 or bcc@gourmet-one.com; or contact Khun Rachanee, Food and Beverage Department, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Tel: 02 659 0302. The contribution will not be deducted for any expenses.

Additional Information
“Jan-Ka-Pak”
Pesticide-free vegetables come from Jan-Ka-Pak’s agricultural plots at Chakrabandh Pensiri Center for Plant Development at Tambon Pongpha, Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province. “Jan-Ka-Pak” is the reverse of “Chakraband”, the name of His Highness Prince Chakraband Pensiri, scholar and agricultural practitioner. Jan-Ka-Pak was set up by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who later designated the Chaipattana and Mae Fah Luang foundations to establish the Chakrabandh Pensiri Center for Plant Development in commemoration of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of His Highness Prince Chakraband Pensiri. The Center’s objective is to improve and develop plant varieties for farmers and agriculturalists.

H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, through her many overseas visits, has brought back high-quality seeds and gave to the Center for further experiment and development. Pesticide-free vegetables produced from one of these seeds has made its way into the menu of the BANGKOK CHEFS CHARITY 2018.
Tea Tree Oil is a “PatPat” product, produced and developed by Chaipattana Foundation.

Benefits: Tea Tree Oil is good for health, has a high boiling point (252┬░C) suitable for all types of cooking and food preparation. The oil has a high level of unsaturated fats (good cholesterol), which helps reducing cholesterol when compared with other types of oil in the market. It can prevent paralysis, cardiovascular disease, high-blood pressure and diabetes. Tea Tree Oil also contains Omega-3 (0.3%), Omega-6 (9.2%) and Omega-9 (77.7%).

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