A multi-Michelin-starred chef exchange comes to the brand’s hotels in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, with special menus in Paris, too.

By Andrew Sessa
October 26, 2015
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With the autumn harvest at its peaks in many of the world’s cuisine-obsessed capitals, fall always feels like food-festival season—New York Wine & Food just ended, and Turks & Caicos’s Caribbean event is coming up fast. This year, one of the world’s great luxury hotel companies is getting in on the act, too, putting its own elevated spin on the concept, with the Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy.

During the five-day culinary celebration, running from October 27 to October 31, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels—which counts some 90 properties among its holdings in Asia, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, and Africa—will host chefs from a quartet of several Michelin-starred Italian and French restaurants at four of its flagship properties in Asia.

Top toque Massimo Bottura—of Modena, Italy’s three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, which was ranked second in 2015’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, and is a favorite of Mario Batali—will cook at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Known for his playful and often modernist re-spins of classics, Bottura will take over the kitchen at BLU; an apt fit, as it’s the hotel’s Italian spot.

Enrico Bartolini will head to Shangri-La, Bangkok, from his two-star Devero Ristorante, a 30 minutes’ drive northeast of Milan, to present his dishes in a dining room overlooking the Chao Phraya River. No stranger to international travel, Bartolini has a creative streak that comes from his time spent cooking in Paris and London before he took the helm at Devero in 2010.

At the Jing An Shangri-La in Shanghai, Giancarlo Perbellini, whose eponymous and only year-old Casa Perbellini already has two stars, will lay claim to the hotel’s greenhouse-like Shigeru Ban-designed Mediterranean restaurant, Calypso. His use of seasonal flavors and his theatrical cooking style will be on full display in an open kitchen not unlike the one he has at his own place in northern Italy’s Verona.

Finally, Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco arrives in Hong Kong at Island Shangri-La’s Victoria Harbor-view French eatery, Restaurant Petrus. Colagreco apprenticed with Alain Ducasse and Guy Martin before making his name, and for earning two Michelin stars, at Mirazur, on France’s Cote d’Azur, which was named 11 on the World’s 50 Best. In Hong Kong, his dishes will be paired with premium vintages from the hotel’s 12,000-plus-bottle wine cellar.

Beyond these guest chefs, the in-house talents at the two-star Chinese restaurants at the Island and Kowloon Shangri-Las, in Hong Kong, will present special meals of their own for the festival, as will the pair of one-star spots at the company’s palatial Paris property. There, Christophe Moret, a former head chef at Restaurant Alain Ducasse, celebrates his one-year anniversary at the French haute gastronomie eatery L’Abeille this month, while the hotel’s Summer Palace is the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in all of France.