Under the ordinance of H.E. Ambassador
Michelangelo Pipan, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, the President
of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano has conferred the
decoration Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella d’ Italia upon
Norbert Kostner who has been Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental,
Bangkok for the past 38 years.
H.E. Mr. Michelangelo Pipan presented the award
of “Cavaliere” (or Knight) to Chef Norbert Kostner, Culinary
Director of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, during a private ceremony
at the Ambassador’s residence recently.
The accolade was bestowed
in recognition of Chef Norbert’s contribution to the promotion of
the Italian image and the relation between Italian and Thai people
through his work.
“Chef Norbert’s dedication to the art of his
profession has earned him an excellent reputation amongst the
general public and media alike, thus helping to promote closer
relations between Thailand and Italy,” said Ambassador Pipan.
The Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Order of the
Star of Italy) was originally instituted in 1947 as the Star of
Italian Solidarity, to recognize expatriates and foreigners who
made an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of Italy
after World War II.
The badge bears the inscription Solidarietà Italiana encircling a
depiction of the Good Samaritan. The order is bestowed by decree of the President of the
Republic, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2011, it was reformed and the emphasis shifted to the
preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad.
Chef Norbert’s culinary expertise has long been sought
after in Thailand. He is advisor to the agricultural Royal
Projects in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and under his patronage and the
experienced eye of Chef Luca Casini, is also now responsible for Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s newest Italian offering, Ciao, which
offers guests the chance to sample a range of Italian dining, from
classics to imaginative dishes.
Lying on the banks
of the Chao Phraya River, Ciao’s al fresco setting helps create a
relaxed, yet sophisticated, ambience. To one side of the
restaurant lies Ciao’s chic cocktail bar, serving a selection of
fine Italian wines and cocktails, spuntino, and one of the
greatest selections of sparkling and wine-based cocktails in
For an extra special experience,
guests can book in advance an exclusive Chef’s Counter with
seating for up to eight diners to enjoy an eight-course tasting
menu accompanied by wines chosen by the hotel’s award winning
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