There’s something between Singapore and me – my connection with Singapore has been really long, so long now that I actually am forced to think that whether I was a Singaporean in my previous life! Well, jokes apart, I am back in this gorgeous, spick and span city of Singapore for the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) 2013 to share the gastronomy arts and heritage of the Indian region with Singapore and the rest of the world. My team comprising of Chef Saurabh Saxena and Chef Akshay Nayar is also here with me.
The WGS is not just Singapore’s most esteemed culinary event, but I really feel it is one of the finest in the world as well; and why not, when it celebrates the world’s finest flavours, most extraordinary wines and unique dining experiences. Encompassing a series of dazzling events like the gourmet golf experience, vintner dinners, special themed and celebrity dinners, it is a gourmet spectacular specially crafted for the discerning individual who appreciates great wines and fine cuisines. The WGS is in its 17th year now and is more extravagant this time because of the presence of some world renowned chefs like Matt Moran, Bruno Ménard, Sam Leong and the likes.
Singapore merely has a total land area of 697.1 sq. km. and counts as one of the smallest countries in the world, but the way the city has progressed over the years is just astonishing and quite remarkable. Not to forget that apart from being clean and modern, the city is one of the safest cities in the world and as I said earlier, it really feels like home being here!
My first day began with a Press Conference and Opening Reception at The Maritime Experimental Museum, Resort World Sentosa followed by the Opening Reception at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resort World Sentosa. Later, had a beautiful and tongue-tickling lunch at The Song of India restaurant alongwith some socializing with fellow chefs and colleagues.
The island of Sentosa on the southern coast of Singapore houses the integrated resort – Resorts World Sentosa. One of Singapore’s two casinos is located here alongwith other attractions like a Universal Studios theme park and Marine Life Park. It also has The Maritime Experimental Museum, the only museum in Singapore where Asia’s rich maritime history and Singapore’s past as a trading port can be experienced by visitors and the S.E.A Aquarium which is the world’s largest aquarium having more than 800 species of marine animals. Truly awe-inspiring as I came across the majestic ocean life!
The second day began with attending a function at Sunrise Culinary School which was followed by a fun interview at the 96.3 Masti Radio at MediaCorp, Caldecott Hill. The lunch was special – we had a special guest, fellow foodie and columnist Vir Sanghvi at The Song of India restaurant for our epicurean menu. Always good to chat food with him!
And I know it’s the navratras which would be keeping you all busy with vrats and all…but let me tell you that there is a lot more to fasting and the science behind it! Shall soon share some trivia about it in my next blogs…
All I would say is – eat well and eat right!
Till I write again.