Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Paseo Uno sizzled with its recent celebration of “Tastes of Thailand”. With its focus on classic preparations and ingredients, renowned Thai master and celebrity TV culinary show host Sumet Sumpachanyanont of the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, was Guest Chef.  The event marked the fifth time that Mandarin Oriental, Manila hosted the Thai Food Festival, and the second time the 42 year old Executive Sous Chef and culinary ambassador of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s famed Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naaam, was featured.

To set the mood, the Paseo Uno depicted Thai ambience. On hand was Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s General Manager Mark Bradford greeting with a handshake and a smile, Guest of Honor Dra. Elenita Binay, Thai Airways Country Manager-Philippines Sern Chupikulchai and his demure wife Priyanuch, with District Sales Manager Malu Duenas and Armi Mayoralgo, Tourism Authority of Thailand Philippines Representative Dave de Jesus and associate Celia Atendido. Event partners were Thai International Airways, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Embassy/   (Do visit my website: and like me in Facebook – The Lady HB)


Renowned TV culinary show host Sumet Sumpachanyanont flew in from the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and was the featured celebrity Guest Chef at “Tastes of Thailand” Food Festival.
The Vice-President’s Lady, Dra Elenita Binay, center, with from left: Priyanuch and Sern Chupikulchai, Thai Airways Country Manager; Mark Bradford, General Manger of Mandarin Oriental, Manila and Tourism Authority of Thailand Philippines Representative Dave de Jesus
Joanne Rae Ramirez, Deedee Siytangco, Princess Monjiera Disini and Charisee Chuidian, Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Director of Communications
Margie Floirendo, Carmita Francisco and Mai Mai Liechtenstein
The Lady HB, Dra. Elenita Binay and Charisse Chuidian
Nuch and Sern Chupikulchai, Grace Glory Go, Dra. Elenita Binay and GM Mark Bradford
Marc Gueco, Tim Yap and Jon Jon Rufino
Jeroen van Straten and Candy Dizon
Chef Sumet led a team of three Thai chefs who were flown in by Thai Airways to create the traditional and contemporary Thai dishes
The refreshing Welcome Drink of pandan and lime at the ‘Tastes of Thailand” Food Festival
Pla Rad Prig Daeng. Fried fish with red chili sauce, green pepper corn and vegetables