Experience Thainess Through Thai Cuisine 28-29 August 2015

On 28-29 August 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi and the Oberoi Hotel, Gurgaon co-hosted “Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine,” a two-day event to introduce the fine Thai culinary culture to the food enthusiasts in New Delhi. For this special event, the Royal Thai Embassy had invited Mrs. Nooror Somany Steppe, the Head Chef of the world renowned Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School in Bangkok and her team to create a menu of authentic Thai dishes.

Amb and Blue Elephant
Ambassador Chalit and Chef Nooror (on the right)

On the first day, Chef Nooror conducted Thai culinary masterclass workshops for 44 participants including leading chefs from luxury hotels in New Delhi, food critics/bloggers and media.  An event was filled with enthusiasm and fun as participants learned and gained experience of the true taste of Thai cuisine.  At the end of the workshops, they joined a sumptuous meal with Chef Nooror and her team, and left with a bag full of souvenirs, Thai cook book and a certificate co-signed by Ambassador of Thailand and Chef Nooror.

Indian Chefs studied assiduously authentic Thai dishes.

On the second day, H.E. Mr. Chalit Manityakul, the Ambassador of Thailand to India and Mr. David Mathews, General Manager of the Oberoi Gurgaon co-hosted an exclusive Gala Dinner with the theme of “Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine” at the Oberoi, Gurgaon. It was warmly welcomed by over 200 guests including Indian and foreign dignitaries, friends of Thailand, leading business persons and food enthusiasts in New Delhi. The night was entertained with the authentic Thai Cuisine carefully selected by Chef Nooror, and special Thai classical dance, martial arts and puppet show by the Thai cultural troupe from Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Ministry of Culture, Thailand.

Gala Board
The co-hosted Ambassador Chalit and Mr. David Matthew, General Manager of the Oberoi Gurgaon and the guests.
Gala Dinner Guests
From left, Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (New Delhi), Ambassador Chalit, Mr. Vir Sangvi, Indian Journalist.

In India, Thai food is gaining more popularity.  Many restaurants have added Thai dishes into their menu list or buffet, however, most of their flavor has been adjusted and not authentic enough.  The two-day “Experience Thainess through Thai Cuisine” has contributed the participating Indian Chefs to gain more experience and special technique for the preparation of authentic Thai dishes and true taste of the Thai cuisine.

More information about authentic Thai food in India can be seen at the website of Thai Embassy, New Delhi (http://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/th/thai-restaurants-in-india-th/).

A Blue Elephant evening can only be about the best food and the best entertainment. As the evening recedes into my memory bank, I feel so happy to carry on my palate a perfect balance of spices and coconut cream and that slight chilli edge so typically Blue Elephant.

Sourish Bhattacharyya, Freelance Blogger.

Had an amazing Thai Masterclass under the great chefs from Blue Elephant, Bangkok. Learnt some amazing dishes and met some great people.

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The Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi
31 August 2015