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'Masters of Food&Wine' returns to Park Hyatt Shanghai

Park Hyatt Shanghai continues to position itself as one of the world’s most unique hotels as it prepares to host the fifth annual edition of the Masters of Food & Wine showcase. For four days from 24 to 27 November 2015, gourmands and vinophiles in Shanghai will have the chance to experience an unparalleled food and wine tour of France led by some of the world’s greatest culinary talents.

The Masters of Food & Wine 2015 Passion Week will present four gala dinners from a trio of Michelin-starred restaurant chefs from France: Pierre Gagnaire, Emmanuel Renaut, Akrame Benallal as well as S. Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s Best Female Chef 2014, Lanshu Chen. Passion Week is also a truly immersive experience where guests are not simply onlookers, but are given the opportunity to become culinary masters themselves. In the meantime, guests can participate in classes hosted by celebrity masters, including a young and talented French pastry chef, a famous Taiwanese floral artist and French wine experts. Each event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and an elite celebration that is both enriching and indulgent.

“The idea was to bring together in our modern Chinese residence, artisans who have mastered their work over a lifetime, allowing the unparalleled service and facilities of our property to complement this extraordinary culinary, artistic and lifestyle experience,” says Mr Etienne Dalançon, General Manager of Park Hyatt Shanghai.


Introducing the Culinary Masters

Only perfection will suffice for Pierre Gagnaire, an iconoclastic chef at the forefront of the fusion cuisine movement who has held three Michelin stars for the past 22 years. He was awarded Commandeur des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier du  Mérite Agricole, as well as  being the recipient of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, which is France’s highest honor. “I enjoy sharing the spirit of excellence with my teams, and aiming to be the very best and finest,” says Mr Pierre Gagnaire.


Mr Emmanuel Renaut founded his own restaurant Flocons de Sel in Megève in 1998, and designs his own cuisine to be: witty, playful, timeless and deeply inspired by nature. He was awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) in 2004. His biggest achievement was in 2012, when he received his third Michelin star as well as being named ‘Cooking Chef of the Year’.  “I travel a lot, but I am in love with the Alps: mountain is where I belong. My menu is an invitation to take ‘a hike in the mountains’ or ‘a stroll through meadows and gardens’,” says Mr Emmanuel Renaut.


French-born and one of the youngest two-starred Michelin restaurant chefs, Mr Akrame Benallal showcases the taste of his childhood memories in Algeria, alongside his professional experience in France. “I always say that my food is not just food, it is a collection. I love hunting for new ideas, not copying but creating something new and if possible creating a trend,” says Mr Akrame Benallal. 


The event will also include Ms Lanshu Chen who was named ‘Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2014’ by S. Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants, and she is considered an inspiration to other female chefs, pushing boundaries and showing how passion and dedication can create flawless culinary practices. Lanshu Chen will showcase delicate cross-cultural fusion flavours and textures during her gala dinner.


During Passion Week, a series of wine classes and tastings will be conducted by the world renowned Mr Bruno Clair, winegrower and winery owner of Domaine Bruno Clair in Burgundy; Mr Christian Seely, Managing Director of Quinta Do Noval Port Wine in Portugal; Mr Paul Pontallier, Managing Director of Château Margaux and Mr Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave.


In addition to wines and spirits, dessert connoisseurs should not miss the pâtisserie master class by celebrity pastry chef Fabien Berteau from Park Hyatt Paris – Vendôme, who was recently named ‘Best Pastry Chef of the Year 2015’ by the Gault & Millau guide. He will bring fresh and innovative sweet flavors to the distinguished guests - presenting and creating with them the delicate desserts that he is an expert in.


The enlightenment continues with classes that explore aspects of luxury connoisseur enjoyment beyond the realms of food and wine. Taiwanese celebrity floral artist Elly Lin from Taipei Florist will demonstrate the art of flower arrangements alongside Park Hyatt Shanghai’s master florist Jackey Wu. Meanwhile, Studio Harcourt-Paris, a famous Parisian photography studio founded in 1934, will share the art of timeless photography and capturing exquisite portraits. 

The Master of High Watchmaking from Jaeger-leCoultre in Switzerland will share his expertise in haute horlogerie. During this special presentation, participants will not only be able to appreciate the beauty of the timepieces, but also understand more about the precision mechanics that go into making the world’s finest watches.

Bvlgari La Scuola will reveal to audiences the lengthy process of acquiring stones and reaching a satisfactory design, as well as the entirely manual workmanship which renders each creation an extraordinary object.

Christofle is one of the world’s leading ambassadors of French art de vivre, and it has established itself as a symbol of savoir-faire and elegance. Guests will follow Olivier André, Christofle MOF to explore Christofle’s world by discovering craftsman skills and a unique lifestyle. Those who dream of a royal table setting should not miss it.

Reservations for all 2015 Masters of Food & Wine activities are strictly limited. For reservations, please call +86 21 6888 1234, email hotelfbreservation.shaph@hyatt.com or visit: www.mastersfoodandwine.com


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