InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is launching its new Culinary Panel, a food-focused initiative featuring five renowned chefs whose reputation has earned them a position as an IHG Culinary Ambassador.
The five chefs will work to develop a repertoire of unique signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The Culinary Ambassadors consist of award-winning chefs who specialise in a range of cuisines, including Ross Lusted (modern Australian), Theo Randall (Italian), Ian Kittichai (Thai), Sam Leong (Chinese) and Dean Brettschneider (bakery and pastry).
Each ambassador has created 20 recipes, including appetisers, mains and desserts, which will launch today and roll out across select restaurants at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn throughout the rest of the year.
Each restaurant team has undergone full training by the panel on how to prepare and present the dishes, which include specialities like Lusted’s Western Australian Marron served with pepper caramel, coconut and peanuts or Brettschneider’s cranberry and orange breakfast scone twist with vanilla bean white icing.
IHG’s vice president of food and beverage for Asia, Middle East and Africa Phil Broad says hotel and restaurant guests will be privy to some unique meals that enhance IHG’s dining reputation.
“These chefs are some of the best gastronomic minds in the culinary world and our Ambassadors will help us raise the bar and bolster our hotels' reputation as world-class dining destinations,” Broad said.
Speaking on his appointment as an IHG Culinary Ambassador, Kittichai said he is excited to bring his Thai creations to the rest of the world.
“As a chef, one of my goals is to share Thai cuisine with the world and bring a taste of the diverse flavours of the cuisine to people outside of Thailand,” he said.
“Being invited to join the Culinary Panel gives me a wonderful opportunity to do this.”