A New Nest for Bangkok Foodies All The Way From Switzerland
For the first time ever, IGNIV by Andreas Caminada, is flying the coop and leaving its native land of Switzerland to create a new home at The St. Regis Bangkok. The brain child of Swiss born Chef Andreas Caminada, a superstar of the Swiss food industry and head chef to internationally acclaimed 3-Michelin Star restaurant Schloss Schauenstein, IGNIV bears his DNA. His Bangkok team will take his artful cooking to create a playful, flavour packed sharing-style dining experience ideally suited to Thailand’s vibrant capital. Opening in April 2020, IGNIV Bangkok will be a place to experience culinary magic and mastery of one of the world’s most recognized and respected chefs.
Following the success of his first IGNIV restaurants in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz and Bad Ragaz, which both have recently been awarded with two Michelin stars, the new gourmet nest will be the first addition to the IGNIV family outside Chef Andreas’s home country Switzerland. Additionally, Andreas is always keen to nurture the talent of promising young chefs in his brigade and has been awarded with Michelin’s new Mentor Award in 2020 for his constant engagement to inspire young chefs. The results proved spectacular and international acclaim for the restaurant brand and chefs abounds. Andreas sums up his enthusiasm for Bangkok and its connection to IGNIV highlighting the dynamic and creative dining scene, the exemplary local produce and rich culinary heritage as well as the energy packed pulse of the city’s streets.
“Bangkok is an amazing city! I love the deep connection it has with food, its rich culture and lively, bustling atmosphere – and Bangkok has become an internationally much regarded culinary hotspot in recent years. IGNIV Bangkok’s fine dining sharing experience will charm its guests at the prestigious St. Regis Bangkok. We share the same high quality values and have already successfully collaborated for our IGNIV pop-up tour in 2018. Now, we are extremely happy to open IGNIV Bangkok’s new home here,” explains Andreas Caminada, head chef of three Michelin Star restaurants in Switzerland.
IGNIV, meaning ‘nest’ in Andreas mother tongue Romansh, will be a place to simultaneously escape from, and revel in the Thai capital’s essence. The unique sharing concept aims to offers guests a culinary experience where one can connect not just with the food but with each other. Menus are seasonal, whimsical, light and fresh with traditional cooking techniques honed to modern perfection. Ingredients impeccably sourced both locally and internationally through artisanal crafts’ people and purveyors. The kitchen team of IGNIV Bangkok will be helmed by Chef David Hartwig, a longtime collaborator of Chef Andreas.
Head Chef David Hartwig is one of Chef Andreas’s most promising talents. “David is very open-minded, highly talented and a great team player. Moreover, he is well-travelled and gained precious experiences not only during his time at my 3 Michelin-star restaurant Schloss Schauenstein in Switzerland but also during several years in New York. He is the best chef to bring IGNIV’s “joie de vivre” to our guests in Bangkok.” says Andreas Caminada. Andreas and David are eager to create the most perfect experience through superior flavours and attention to detail from sourcing the best ingredients, impeccable preparations to a unique presentation of IGNIV’s signature fine dining sharing menu.
The omnipresent love for detail leads to a modern but cozy ambiance for the new restaurant. The acclaimed Spanish interior designer Patricia Urquiola is responsible for creating IGNIV’s typical nest atmosphere. With her unique sense of space, luxurious fabrics combined with colorful furniture will complement the climate and energy of the city. She has created a feeling of comfort for indoor, bar and outdoor areas which beautifully reflects the attributes of the nest character.
“We are delighted to welcome IGNIV by Andreas Caminada to The St. Regis Bangkok. This exciting partnership will bring a new experience to the Bangkok culinary scene. We are thrilled that our guests will be able to enjoy a unique world-class dining experience. Having worked with Andreas in 2018, we cannot wait to showcase his creative and innovative ideas. The city of Angels is a perfect place for a new IGNIV,” said Klaus Christandl, General Manager of The St. Regis Bangkok.