Bhutan – the last Shangri-La for the deep pocketed

First Michelin-starred chef to cook in the last Shangri-La.
The first luxury international resort to open in the Buddhist Kingdom.

Bhutan, one of the last ‘virgin markets’ in the world alongside Myanmar, is well-positioned to present itself as a luxury destination for the deep pocketed. The tourism industry of Bhutan is trying to pitch the Himalayan kingdom as the final frontier for the ones looking for a new high-class adventure.

In September, the Buddhist Kingdom will open its first international resort – Bhutanese Amankora Thimpu and will present the first Michelin-starred chef to cook in Bhutan. New York-based French chef Eric Ripert, one of just 10 US chefs to boast a three Michelin-starred establishment with Le Bernardin, will become the first Michelin-starred chef to cook in Bhutan, informs AFP.

Ripert will join his former sous chef Matthew Schaefer who now helms the kitchens at the lodge, preparing two celebratory dinners for guests on September 14 and 15. Menus will combine Ripert’s French cooking style with the unique, local ingredients and flavors of Bhutanese cuisine.

Ripert will be given a culinary tour of the country’s gastronomic heritage, including the national dish of ema datse, or chilies and cheese. Ripert will be able to forage wild chanterelle mushrooms and harvest red rice for the gourmet menu.