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Jakarta Post

Orient8 going authentic with celebrity chef

  • Emmy Fitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 10 2009   /  12:47 pm

Courtesy of Hotel Mulia Senayan Chef David Thompson's fascination with everything Thai has earned him the highest acknowledgement in the culinary industry around the world. This chef needs no further introduction. The 49-year-old Australian is in town to demonstrate the fruits of his long love affair with authentic Thai cuisine to Jakarta culinary enthusiasts at Hotel Mulia Senayan's pan-Asian Orient8, from May 8-16. And what this Michelin-awarded chef will serve is surely beyond spicy tom yam soup, the signature Thai dish, or sophisticated Thai cuisine fusion that one can easily find nowadays. The love affair began when Thompson, then head chef at Sydney's Rogues, traveled to Thailand in 1986, a maiden trip that stole his heart. He spent 18 months - and many more later - learning and studying Thai cuisine from an elderly cook who served the royal family at t...