The World Gourmet Summit 2014 has invited special guests to interact with their peers, and exchange ideas and insights into latest dining trends around the world. These accomplished individuals might play an important role in the F&B and hospitality industry or another industry where they are the experts in their field.  Attend these events they are gracing and participate in exchanges to tap on their expertise and knowledge.



Ivan Brehm

With Culinary Art degrees from Senac, in his native country Brazil, and the Culinary Institute of America in the US, Ivan Brehm’s aspirations have taken him on revelatory gastronomic travels. Each stop on this journey has offered him opportunities to learn from some of the world’s best chefs, resulting in both the development of his own personality as a chef and a formation of a great culinary repertoire and expertise.

From Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Ivan was welcomed into New York City’s well-loved Applewood by Chef David Shea, often considered the antithesis of the Michelin star. His travels took him next to the Spanish Basque country, where he trained under Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz and discovered that food could be poetic and evocative at the hands of a true artist. Ivan then worked at Paco Roncero’s La Terraza del Casino in Madrid before travelling to Italy where he found himself learning wine-making and authentic hand-made pasta in Piedmonte.

In 2006, Ivan moved to London and worked under Claude Bosi at Hibiscus in London before training with 2013 Observer Food Monthly’s ‘Chef of the Decade’, Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in 2008. For four years, Ivan thrived amidst  the camaraderie of his peers and worked his way up to development chef of Heston’s Experimental Kitchen. At The Fat Duck, dishes were conceptualized with scientific precision, based on painstaking research and substantial empirical data. Here Ivan learned the importance of acidity and umami to boost flavour and intensity in food. He even collaborated with designers, food historians, scientists and musicians, teaching him that food could be enjoyed not just by tasting in isolation but as a holistic experience.

Inheriting his initial love of food from his two grandmothers who were exceptional cooks, Ivan spent the majority of his childhood in a kitchen. Now as Executive Head Chef of Bacchanalia, he enjoys the freedom and ownership over a menu that is an eclectic mix of plates, inspired by childhood memories, a multicultural upbringing and rich culinary experiences. He reinvents classic dishes, with flavours that are recognizable yet paired and prepared in ways that diners may not have experienced before. Where many kitchens are often ruled by fear, Ivan chooses to lead his staff by mentoring and training them in an environment of mutual respect. His deep-rooted conviction in the importance of food in family life and its effect on the community has led him to view food and cooking as a means for human expression.

Restaurant Type:
Modern European

Events Information
Saturday 29 March 2014
Citibank Gastronomic Jam Sessions Day 2

Thursday 03 April 2014
Rougié Foie Gras Dinner

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