Asia's best female chefs to cook together in Macao

Giulia Sgarbi - 12/03/2018

Header: Chefs Lanshu Chen, Vicky Lau and Margarita Forés

As Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 approaches, many of the region’s most influential chefs are travelling to Macao. Wynn Resorts, Asia’s 50 Best’s venue partner, is organising a series of exclusive pop-up dinners, including a six-hands lunch cooked by three previous recipients of the Asia’s Best Female Chef award.

Since its inception in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has been about more than lists, focusing on collective celebrations of the best cheffing talent across the region and promoting discussion, progressive thinking and sustainability, with initiatives such as the thought-leadership event #50BestTalks and, more recently, the introduction of the Sustainable Restaurant Award. This year, we celebrate the community with a series of pop-up dinners organised by Wynn.

In the days leading up to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 on Tuesday 27th March, some of Asia’s finest female chefs will gather to create a unique one-off event. Three recipients of the Asia’s Best Female Chef award – 2014 winner Lanshu Chen, Vicky Lau (2015) and Margarita Forés (2016) – will come together to cook a six-hands lunch at Wynn Palace, while the elit® Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018 Bee Satongun will join them for a special press moment.

Representing three different Asian regions – Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines – the lunch will be a unique opportunity to experience the styles of these outstanding chefs. On International Women’s Day, Satongun cooked for Forés at her refined Thai restaurant, Paste, in Bangkok. Forés described the current Asia’s Best Female Chef’s cuisine as ‘phenomenal’ while welcoming the latest winner to the ‘sisterhood.’

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, chef Gaggan Anand of Gaggan (the three-time No.1 in the Asia list and No.7 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) will share the stove with Zaiyu Hasegawa of Den, who took home the Art of Hospitality Award last year, and Takeshi Fukuyama, chef-owner of La Maison de la Nature Goh in Fukuoka, Japan.

Anand has recently revealed his plans for a new tofu restaurant in the Thai capital – on which he is working with chef Fukuyama – and a natural wine bar offering adventurous dining options, including the creative ‘Den-tucky Fried Chicken’ dish, one of Hasegawa’s signatures. Separately, Hasegawa will cook a dinner at Wynn Macau on Wednesday 28th March.

Finally, Virgilio Martínez of Central in Lima, Peru, which topped the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list from 2014 to 2016, will cook three exclusive meals from Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th March.

Tune in to the livestream on Facebook on Tuesday 27th March to discover the 2018 list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

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