RPB Asia
RPB Asia will provide a focused platform for restaurant, pub and bar owners and operators across Southeast Asia.
Exclusively trade only, and dedicated to the hospitality sector.

Speaker Profile

Tuesday, 17 July

Ever wonder how to taste wine in a logical, systematic, and professional manner? Join Chris Martin in the Introduction to Wine Tasting Session happening on 17 July!

Chris Martin

CHRIS MARTIN

International Development Advisor - Asia, WSET

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chris Martin has a background in education with experience teaching a variety of subjects from thesis writing to wine tasting. He has always had a passion for wine, and in 2013 he decided to cement this passion by pursuing the WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits. From this he then studied for the Diploma, the highest qualification offered by WSET. In June 2016 he combined his knowledge of wine and education to join the International Development Team at WSET. Chris supports WSET’s many schools throughout Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. He also helps to expand WSET's number of providers and students throughout the region by engaging with the local wine industry.

In his role at the WSET, he runs masterclasses at shows around the world, judges at international wine competitions and has written about wine. When he is not travelling, he teaches several WSET courses as well as helps train future WSET educators.

Wednesday, 18 July

Learn from the tea master, Kenneth Rimdahl on how he produces Forest-Friendly Tea and Wine Expert, Chris Martin on the best combination for Food & Wine Pairing.

KENNETH RIMDAHL

Founder, Monsoon Tea

11:00am - 12:00pm

Involved in the field of tea since 1994, Kenneth opened his first tea shop in Spain under the wing of his mentor, Per Sundmalm who founded Tea Shop of East West Company, and Kenneth was introduced to the world of tea. As the East West Company expanded, Kenneth began traveling the tea world to expand his knowledge and find more information about how tea is growing and produced. His journey took him to the best tea-producing areas in China, India and Japan, but he never did find a genuine wild tea.

His travels finally led him to Thailand, where his friend and current business partner, Vorakan Wongfu, introduced him to miang (fermented tea leaves). Impressed by the unique and remarkable flavour of miang, and the sustainable way it is grown, Kenneth started a new enterprise called Monsoon Tea in 2013, aiming to make it a center for spreading knowledge and development of sustainable tea production. Today, Monsoon Tea strives to provide the world forest-friendly tea grown in its natural habitat in Northern Thailand, without the use of cutting down trees.

The ancient teas originated deep in the forests of the mountain chain from Assam in India to Yunnan in China, passing Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. This is where Kenneth aims to sustainably grow local tea and conserve forests. He believes that by living in accord with nature’s laws, nature will support us into the future.

Today Monsoon Tea has two shops in Chiang Mai and delivers tea to many hotels and restaurants around Thailand. Hotels like Four Seasons, Anantara and Akyra Hotel and Restaurants like Ginger Café, Woo Café in Chiang Mai and many high profile and Guide Michelin Restaurants in Bangkok.

Monsoon Tea also exports to Europe, USA and Singapore with customers like Prada on it’s customers list.

In 2017 Kenneth Rimdahl was invited to speak at both UN in Bangkok and TedX Chiangmai.

Kenneth Rimdahl
Chris Martin

CHRIS MARTIN

International Development Advisor - Asia, WSET

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Chris Martin has a background in education with experience teaching a variety of subjects from thesis writing to wine tasting. He has always had a passion for wine, and in 2013 he decided to cement this passion by pursuing the WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits. From this he then studied for the Diploma, the highest qualification offered by WSET. In June 2016 he combined his knowledge of wine and education to join the International Development Team at WSET. Chris supports WSET’s many schools throughout Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. He also helps to expand WSET's number of providers and students throughout the region by engaging with the local wine industry.

In his role at the WSET, he runs masterclasses at shows around the world, judges at international wine competitions and has written about wine. When he is not travelling, he teaches several WSET courses as well as helps train future WSET educators.

JON LARK

Owner, Kangaroo Island

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Jon and Sarah Lark met in 1998 in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia. They both worked for a local indigenous group - the Spinifex people who were returning to ‘country’ having been forcibly removed during the British atomic weapons testing in the 50's & 60's. After years of living with these traditional people they decided to have a sea change. Influenced strongly by this experience amongst hunters and gatherers they began thinking about what was available in the environment they live in.

At their wedding in 2002 they discussed with Jon’s brother Bill (Bill Lark of the Lark Distillery) the idea of setting up a distillery to create Gin using traditional processes. In 2006 Kangaroo Island Spirits was born in a small shed, as Australia’s first dedicated craft Gin distillery.

For the first 11 years using an 80 lt pot still and vapor distillation, Kis produced a range of award winning Gins all made by hand in traditional single distillation runs (not blended) with real botanicals. Early innovation using local and native botanicals from their farm on the island paid off. Years living with indigenous people influenced Kis to lead Australian use of local native botanicals. Kis also produced he first Australian old Tom /aged gin and first Australian Slow style Gin made form Mulberries.

Recently an additional 300 lt pot still with carter head named 'Mary' has helped meet growing demand. Kis continue to reap awards internationally, innovate with new products and help other Australian Distillers enter the market.

Jon Lark

Thursday, 19 July

Wish to understand more on sake? Join Mr Hidekazu Tsurumaki on 19 July to gain a Deeper Understanding of sake in the Centre Stage!

Hidekazu Tsurumaki

HIDEKAZU TSURUMAKI (Mr.)

Niigata Prefecture Sake Company

11:00am - 12:00pm

Hidekazu Tsurumaki is the main sales director of the Japanese Company “Maboroshi no Sake” from 2010. His main job is contact Sake Breweries and find innovative products that always suits customers ‘changing needs about Japanese Sake.

In 2014, Hidekazu Tsurumaki started focusing on foreign market sales and approach. In the same year he became one of the International Kikisake-shi, or Sake Masters, accounted from SSI –Sake Service Institute of Japan, which is a professional qualification concerning the supply and sale of sake in the country and abroad.

Currently, he is the chief executive for export to Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK and Vietnam.

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