The Pavilions, Phuket, is offering gourmands in
Asia a rare opportunity to sample a specially-created menu from
Michel Portos, Chef and Director of the renowned Saint-James Hotel
The Pavilions, a member of Relais & Châteaux, will
welcome Michel Portos from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 October,
2010. During his exclusive three-day visit to The Pavilions, the
acclaimed chef will invite guests on an epicurean journey of
unexpected flavors and tantalizing dishes.
Each evening from 28 to 30 October, the
award-winning connoisseur will prepare a unique gourmet dinner
for The Pavilions’ guests and Phuket residents. Visitors will also
have a chance to learn from the Michelin-honored master chef
when Michel conducts a cooking class on Friday, 29 October from 12
A native of
Marseilles in southern France, Michel honed his craft in local
restaurants before launching his Côté Théâtre restaurant in Perpignan in 1998. Despite its modest size, Côté Théâtre earned
praise from critics and local gourmands. Three years after
opening, Michel’s talent and culinary creativity was rewarded
with the highest honor. In 2001, he received his first Michelin
A year later, Michel was approached to become Chef and
Director of Bordeaux’s celebrated Saint-James Hotel.
Audaciously creative, Michel overhauled the menu, introducing
exotic flavors and dispensing with traditional dishes.
“[Traditional] cooking is done very well by local artisans,” he
explained. “A gastronomic restaurant must be creative.”
Once again Michel’s epicurean
boldness and imaginative menu were rewarded and in 2009 he earned
his second Michelin star.
Borrowing from Asian and
Mediterranean influences, Michel’s cuisine aims to surprise and excite
with its delicately proportioned tastes and deft use of herbs
and spices. Michel interprets acid flavors with masterful
dexterity, blending citrus fruits and vinegars to introduce a zesty element to the balance.
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