One of the world's most renowned food critics and
cookbook authors is teaming up with The Nam Hai Resort and Vietnam
Airlines to get her first taste of Vietnam.
Paris-based Patricia Wells, whose book Patricia
Wells at Home in Provence won the James Beard Award for "Best
International Cookbook," is planning a culinary tour of Vietnam
between 22 February and 3 March, with the country’s flagship
carrier serving as the primary sponsor.
Her 2009 visit will lay the groundwork for a
series of cooking classes in 2010, to be conducted at The Nam Hai
on China Beach near Danang.
“In food circles, Patricia is regarded as one of
the very best in the business,” said Mr. Trinh Ngoc Thanh, a
spokesman for Vietnam Airlines. “That she’s identified Vietnam as
her next realm of interest says something significant about the
rising prominence of Vietnamese cuisine around the world.”
Planned stops during Wells’s maiden trip to
Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi.
It’s expected that all destinations — as well as her five-star
lodging choices, such as the
Caravelle Hotel in Saigon,
Dalat Palace, The Nam Hai in Hoi An, La Residence in Hue and the
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi — will be featured in an article she
intends to write for a major culinary magazine.
“Of all cuisines on the world stage, Vietnamese
cuisine ranks as one of the most intriguing, most sophisticated
and least well known,” said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, general
manager of The Nam Hai. “Patricia Wells’ survey and her
assessment should make a valuable contribution to the growing body
of literature on it.”
Wells, who was born in the state of Wisconsin,
will travel with husband and fellow American Walter Wells, retired
executive editor of the International Herald Tribune and one of
the few non-French citizens to be awarded the French Legion of
Wells’s cooking classes in Paris and Provence
are among the most exclusive experiences in France. She has
written nine other books, and served as restaurant critic for IHT
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