| August 10, 2015

Chef Carmela (1)_resize This year, The Peninsula Bangkok will turn September into a tastefully Mexican and harmony-filled Latin month. The hotel will have Mexican Chef Carmela de Ponte as a guest chef, who will showcase her Mexican creations, tantalising the taste buds of diners at River Café & Terrace from 4 to 11 September 2015

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Born in a Mexican-Italian family in Mexico City, Chef Carmela is passionate about food and cooking. This passion took her to Northern Italy, where she underwent culinary training and learned the art of managing a restaurant. After gaining skills and experiences in Italy, Chef Carmela returned to Mexico. Armed with her unique personality and cooking talent, she dramatically earned a name and became one of Mexico’s top chefs. Her restaurant became one of the most popular restaurants in Mexico City.

Chef Carmela’s cooking philosophy is all about using traditional culinary techniques and ingredients to make authentic Mexican dishes. Exploring the world and learning something new, Chef Carmela moved to Malaysia, and, by fate, had the opportunity to introduce her culture to the Malaysians through her dishes. Invited by the Mexican Embassy in Malaysia, Chef Carmela cooked traditional Mexican specialities for special events hosted by the Embassy and the Mexican Ambassador to Malaysia, who dubbed Chef Carmela as an unofficial Mexican Food Ambassador in Malaysia. According to Chef Carmela’s cooking philosophy that focuses on traditional cooking techniques and ingredients, she always use home-made corn tortillas and traditional home-made Mexican cheeses in her restaurant, La Mexicana, located in Kuala Lumpur.

Chef Carmela recent visit at the Peninsula Bangkok

In 2013, Chef Carmela was recognised by UNESCO for her culinary efforts to preserve traditional recipes and cooking techniques. She was invited by the Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana under the auspices of UNESCO as a guest chef of the event. She has been invited again to the 2015 event, which will be held in November this year.

Chef Carmela’s latest project is the study of insects as a source of food, with the goal of raising awareness for it. Mexico, like South East Asia, has a rich variety of insects that play an integral part in its culinary tradition, with many dishes using these precious delicacies such as tacos of escamole, in which insect eggs, often called Mexican caviar, are used. She is working on this project to introduce this tradition to gastronomic sophisticates.

Chef Carmela’s culinary delights will be available for dinner at River Café & Terrace at The Peninsula Bangkok from 4 to 11 September 2015. Diners can tantalise their taste buds by trying some Mexican flavours from the additional live cooking stations in the international buffet dinner, which is priced at THB 1,800++ per person.

For those who love rich flavours of Mexican cuisine and are big fans of tortillas and tacos, an à la carte dinner menu featuring Chef Carmela’s signature dishes will be on offer. Some highlights are Pechuga de Pollo Con Mole Poblano, a dark red or brown sauce served with meat, Tostaditas de Cochinta Pibil, a handmade corn tostada filled with traditional pork, and Achiote sauce served with red onions and Habanero chilli sauce, to name a few.

For those who are passionate about cooking, The Peninsula Bangkok will offer you a rare opportunity that you should not miss. A cooking class with UNESCO-recognised Chef Carmela is scheduled on Monday, 7 September at 11:00 am. The class is priced at THB 1,800++ per person including lunch and soft drink.

On Friday, 11 September 2015, enjoy an evening of tastefully Mexican food and lovely Latin music s a Latin band will perform and entertain diners to mark the start of the Big Fish Music Festival, of which hotels along the Chao Phraya River will feature music entertainment every evening until 23 September 2015. The Peninsula Bangkok will entertain guests with Latin music for a smooth transition of the senses from Mexican delights to Latin rhythm. For dinner or cooking class reservations and more information, please call The Peninsula Bangkok at 0 2861 2888 or e-mail

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