Everything you need to become a culinary rock star is at the World Gastronomy food festival

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Do you love that show Masterchef? Are you addicted to cooking videos on Facebook? Do you tell people Anthony Bourdain is your spirit animal? Well, you’re not alone.

But your dreams of culinary stardom don’t have to go to waste.

Take the next step toward being the best damn home cook this side of the Chao Phraya and stop by Central Food Hall: World Gastronomy 2016 food festival at CentralWorld.

Not only is there an unbelievable spread of fine food, imported products and exotic delicacies to browse, sample and shop, but from July 19-24, 2016 you can also learn how to make gourmet dishes with top chefs from around the world.

Eight of Bangkok’s most celebrated chefs are leading exclusive workshops on their favorite dishes.

It’s time to pack your knives and head to CentralWorld (though you probably shouldn’t actually rock up with potential lethal weapons). Imagine searing a Phuket Lobster under the tutelage of Chef Ian Kittichai or attaining the perfect medium-rare lamb chop under instruction from the head chef of Grand Hyatt Erawan, Chef Mark Hagenbach.

In the two-hour Master Classes with the chef of your choice, you’ll work with high quality ingredients like Hokkaido Scallops for Chef Ian’s Thai inspired dish, or Tzar caviar and white wine sauce for Chef Henk Savelberg’s fancy fish dish. Or if dessert’s your dream, get acquainted with fresh mascarpone cheese, the key ingredient in Italian Chef Gianni Favro’s delicate Tiramisu.

A World Gastronomy Master Class costs 5,000THB for two people (10 people per class), with all proceeds going to UNICEF. Click here for the full list of culinary workshops, the schedule, and details on how to reserve a spot. Just think of how many friends you’ll impress at your next dinner party!

The fabulosity continues with a smorgasbord of fine food products.

Even if you don’t book a class, you can traverse the culinary globe in one afternoon just by browsing, sampling and shopping the 1,000+ food products from more than 30 different countries. It’s a fascinating spread that combines exotic seasonings, rare and hard-to-find ingredients with the best comfort food from across the planet. And it’s all in one place for your shopping pleasure.

For your next BBQ we’d suggest stocking up on Cowtown Original Barbecue Sauce from America. There are a few secrets to real Texas BBQ and one of them is this sauce. Get your hands on the authentic stuff straight from the USA while you can. (And perhaps you can ask American Michael Hogan, Executive Chef of Marriott Queen’s Park, for the other secrets at his Master Class!)

Japan is known for taking foreign dishes and making them, dare we say, even better. From fried tonkatsu cutlets to curry rice, Japan loves to improve on staples from around the globe. But one underrated culinary delight that the Japanese do oh-so-right is dessert. Take home Maruto Seika Cheese Cake from Japan, one of the country’s sweetest treats. Fluffy, light, and balanced, it will earn you big culinary points with whomever you deem worthy to share it with, even if you didn’t make it yourself (shhh!).

Next time you suffer from an unshakable snack attack, why not reach for something tasty and exotic with a touch of elegance? World Gastronomy has just the snack solution – Torres Black Truffle Potato Chips from Spain. With a subtle hint of black truffle and the perfect salt to potato ratio, this crunchy foreign treat is the real deal.

Oysters, that delectable fruit of the sea, are one element that we’re sure all top chefs would agree is a meal game changer. If you ever want to up the drama and heighten the excitement of a meal, serve a starter of fresh Gillardeau Oysters from France. These sweet and succulent shellfish are the star of the show at World Gastronomy.

Properly seasoning food is a basic culinary skill, where even the smallest ingredients have a huge impact on the final taste of your dish. To take your cuisine up a notch, switch out your everyday table salt for Himalayan Pink Salt from Pakistan. The granules, derived from naturally occurring salt mines, contain 84 different beneficial minerals.

Your favorite local restaurants are joining in the foodie extravaganza.

Taste the world’s best comfort foods from your favorite international restaurants around Bangkok and beyond. Hawaiian burger experts Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will be serving up their famous seared patties complete with secret sauce, crunchy salad, and freshly made burger buns.

Authentic Roman style pizza will be served hot out of the brick oven by Pala Pizza Romana. Indulge in the five cheese variety and thank us later. But don’t leave without stopping by Pie Face. At this Australian bakery you can eat your emotions in the best way possible. Choose from individual savory and sweet pies topped off with a unique, emotive face on each one. We’re smiling just thinking about that flaky, buttery, multi-layered pie crust.

There are tons more restaurants to behold, including Turk Abi Turkish Ice Cream, Gindaco Takoyaki, and Yakun Kaya Toast. Drinks won’t be left out of the culinary equation either; expert mixologists will be on hand to whip of tasty cocktails and refreshing mocktails each day of the gourmet food festival.

Central Food Hall: World Gastronomy 2016 takes place on July 19-24, 2016, at the Eden Zone, 1st and 2nd floors of CentralWorld. Click here for more information and like Tops Thailand on Facebook so you never miss a foodie event again!

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