Regent Phu Quoc, IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury resort located in Vietnam’s “Pearl Island,” recently celebrated its first anniversary by staging its inaugural Regent Taste Studio.
This unique dining experience brought together leading local talents from the worlds of art, design, fashion and gastronomy in a four-day creative showcase from 19th to 22nd April 2023.
The theme of the multi-sensory journey was “The Dialogue Between the Land, the Sea and its People” and it took guests on a cultural and culinary exploration of the island.
Regent Taste Studio: A One-Of-A-Kind Dining Experience
Regent Phu Quoc’s Inaugural Regent Taste Studio was a unique culinary journey that combined interactive dining, art, and fashion, offering an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
A Theatrical Play Divided into Seven Acts
Titled “The Dialogue Between the Land, the Sea and its People,” the dining experience was divided into seven acts, each of which paid homage to Phu Quoc’s cultural heritage.
Act 1: “Symbiosis”
The opening act was staged at The Gallery and featured a live demonstration of pearls from Ngoc Hien Pearl Farm, a jewellery-making workshop, and Devon Nguyen’s “Capsule Collection” presentation.
Acts 2 to 6: A Culinary Symphony at Oku
The following acts took place at Oku, the resort’s signature restaurant, which was transformed for the occasion. Each act saw the resort’s culinary masters, Devon Nguyen’s “Capsule Collection” and music from the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, unite to present various interpretations of Phu Quoc’s seasons, the island’s natural beauty and the marine world.
Act 2: “The Shape of the Sea”
The second act featured an exquisite dish of Phu Quoc Clams by Daniel Huynh, Chef de Cuisine at Ocean Club.
Act 3: “Full Bloom”
This act paid homage to the bountiful gifts of Mother Nature with an original, artistic plate of Salted Egg Mantis Shrimp, crafted by Huan Tran, Chef de Cuisine at Rice Market.
Act 4: “Essence of Life”
The fourth act was a creative composition of yellow ant’s eggs, kaffir lime, edible flowers, and rose myrtles, created by The Anh, Executive Sous Chef, to demonstrate the Phu Quoc Forest.
Act 5: “Spectrum of Contrasts”
The fifth act showcased Japanese Wagyu Beef Two Ways, which highlighted Phu Quoc’s unexpected beauty, unique textures, and tastes, created by Chef Andy Huynh.
Act 6: “The World of Art: Limitless”
In the sixth act, Regent Phu Quoc’s Executive Pastry Chef, Duyen Nguyen, created an original dessert of Peppered Strawberries, using local ingredients to merge the worlds of art, fashion and cuisine.
Devon Nguyen Collection Inspirations
Devon Nguyen, fashion designer, and abstract artist created the “Capsule Collection” of one-of-a-kind gowns, inspired by Regent Taste Studio and Phu Quoc’s natural wonders. Her luxurious and indulgent evening gowns focused on quality, sophistication, and originality by taking inspiration from the Taste Studio gourmet dishes.
The Final Act: “Ocean Calling”
The last act saw Devon present an original abstract artwork, inspired by the infinite depths of the ocean, the land, the people, and the symbolic flower of Phu Quoc, rose myrtle.
In conclusion, Regent Phu Quoc’s inaugural Regent Taste Studio was a resounding success and a testament to the hotel’s commitment to showcasing the cultural and culinary heritage of the beautiful “Pearl Island” of Vietnam.
The multi-sensory dining experience provided guests with a unique opportunity to experience the connection between the land, sea, and its people through a series of theatrical acts that highlighted the island’s natural beauty and rich history.
The collaboration with local talent from the worlds of art, design, fashion, and gastronomy resulted in a truly one-of-a-kind experience that will be remembered for years to come. Regent Phu Quoc has once again established itself as a leader in the luxury hospitality industry and set a high bar for future events and experiences.