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Phuket’s top chefs join forces to benefit the Home & Life Orphanage Foundation [video]

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Phuket Today spoke with Iniala’s Danny Drinkwater about the Enchanted Evening and meets the chefs who will be on the auction block on Nov 1.

PHUKET: Food and sharing go together like a horse and carriage. The upcoming “Enchanted Evening” charity dinner, which will take place at the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort on November 1, is about to take this idea even further. The Phuket Gazette talks to the chefs involved in the event to learn how they are planning to add to the evening’s flare and why they decided to share their skills to benefit those in need.

The “unforgettable evening of art, entertainment, fine wine and gourmet dining” as Larry Amsden, one of the event’s organizers, describes the event, will see five of Phuket’s top chefs prepare a vast array of dishes to please the pallets of Centara’s guests and also benefit the residents of the Home & Life Orphanage Foundation.

“I have lived and worked in Thailand for over 10 years, great years. I feel it is important to give to those less fortunate in my adopted country,” explains Chef Lee Alan Wood from Radisson Blue.

“Thai people have been very generous to my family and me over the years. I sincerely want to contribute with my chef friends in any way I can.”

Chef Lee chose to present a mangrove crab salad with seared watermelon, curry mayonnaise, quinoa crisp and mustard sprouts, to reflect on the natural freshness of Thai food. “The delicate sweetness of crab and watermelon pair nicely with the curry mayonnaise and our resort-grown mustard micro greens,” he explains.

Chef Sandro Aguilera of the Iniala Beach House, who will be preparing pescaito frito – a marinated crunchy fish – and beet root ceviche to the table, reflects on his reasons for joining the event.

“I am very lucky to do what I love and to be where I want to be. We all are very fortunate and helping others costs us nothing,” he explains.

Other chefs whose creations will land on the tables that evening include Chef Laurent Valette of the Centara Karon Blue as well as Anantara Phuket Layan Chef Umberto Piccolini. The latter has joined forces with Chef Belinda Tuckwell of the The Pavilion Resort to come up with a main dish – braised pork neck served with norcia truffle, codfish, artichoke and burgundy carrots. It is a concoction of Mediterranean flavors that both chefs admire.

When asked why he decide to join the “Enchanted Evening”, Chef Piccolini leaves no doubt. “What better way for a chef to help out than to join an event where he can express his creativity and, at the same time, do something for charity?”

In addition to the exquisite food, the event will feature live music performances, as well as a number of items donated by various Phuket resorts and hotels, such as room and dining vouchers, to be auctioned off. However, what promises to be the most interesting part of the evening will be the auctioning of the five chefs participating in the event, who will provide a personal dining experience for the highest bidder at a venue of their choice.

All proceeds will benefit Home & Life Orphanage Foundation, an orphanage built in the wake of the devastating 2004 tsunami, which is currently home to 25 children and in need of capital improvements.

Advance purchase of tickets for the charitable feast are 3,500 baht. At the door, tickets will be 3,900 baht. If an entire table of eight is booked, the cost is 3,000 baht per person.

Tickets for this and all of Phuket’s other top entertainment events can be booked through Phuket Tickets and will be delivered to you anywhere on the island, free of charge.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Phuket Gazette and PGTV’s “Phuket Today” show, aired six times daily on True Visions – nationwide.

— Maciek Klimowicz

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Chon Buri coffee shop in a converted aircraft ordered to close temporarily – VIDEO

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A novel coffee shop set up in a decommissioned Airbus 330 has been ordered to close temporarily after the business simply became too popular after going viral on social media. It’s understood thousands of customers a day were arriving for a latte or cappuccino from “Coffee War” in Sattahip, a district in the south of Chon Buri province.

Manager Suttipong Boonloi says the aircraft cost 10 million baht and was converted into a quirky cafe selling coffee for between 60 and 80 baht a cup. He adds that strict Covid-19 hygiene measures are already in place, including temperature checks, the wearing of masks, regular disinfection of surfaces, and hand sanitiser being made available for customers. Furthermore, only 60 customers are permitted “on board” at any one time, with each customer limited to 40 minutes inside.

Public Health officials, accompanied by Sattahip District Chief Anucha Intasorn, have asked the coffee shop to close for a week, in an attempt to alleviate the daily overcrowding and dissipate the enthusiasm. Officials say Covid-19 remains a risk and such large numbers increase the chance of a resurgence in the virus. The province of Chon Buri, including Pattaya, has now gone more than 60 days without any new cases of community transmission.

The unusual coffee shop is similar to a venture in Korat, north-east Thailand, where another entrepreneurial spirit has created a restaurant inside a retired Airbus A330. Both aircraft were formerly part of the Thai Airways fleet. There might be some more unused aircraft available soon…

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thailand disease expert says salmon cannot be infected with Covid-19

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Fish lovers can relax, says the deputy director-general of Thailand’s Disease Control Department. “It is not possible for salmon to be contaminated with Covid-19.: Dr. Thanarak Palipat’s reassurance comes amid reports that chopping boards used for imported salmon at a market in China could carry the virus.

Beijing’s Xinfadi Market is at the centre of a new Covid-19 outbreak, with the Chinese capital recording 106 new cases since last Thursday. However, Dr. Thanarak says he doesn’t believe it’s possible for the salmon itself to be contaminated with the virus.

“We have not studied the case in detail, but we believe salmon cannot be contaminated with the Covid-19 virus. We believe that the sellers contracted Covid-19 from their cutting boards.”

However, a report in Nation Thailand quotes Dr. Thanarak as saying the Disease Control Department has always cautioned against eating raw meat or fish, warning that it could carry other germs.

“We always emphasised that people eat hot, cooked food and use a serving spoon while eating. We also advise that vegetables and fruits be washed before they are eaten.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Pattaya police chief battles Thailand’s Iron Chef in cook-off for the needy – VIDEO

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PHOTO: The Pattaya News

Police in Pattaya are doing more than continue their project to cook food for the needy and unemployed: yesterday they had an upbeat cook-off between the police chief and a famous Thai TV chef. The project is designed for locals who are unemployed or furloughed due to the current Covid-19 crisis. Read more about that HERE.

The Pattaya City police chief took on Thai celebrity chef Kengraratwat Wichianrat, from the show Iron Chef Thailand. The chief is wearing the red hat in the video below:

They cooked around a hundred meals for some of the locals deeply affected by the lockdowns ad closure measures, while officers provided proper physical distancing, hygiene standards and a queue system for diners, all of whom ate for free.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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