The Sofitel So Bangkok has confirmed that 12
chefs from around the world will take part in the 4th So Amazing
Chefs 2015 between 6th - 11 October 2015.
Familiar faces from last year include Stéphane
Bonnat (Voiron, France), Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy, France),
Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam), Alain Caron (Amsterdam,
Netherlands), Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and
Sofitel So Bangkok's very own executive chef Paul Smart. Making a
comeback from the inaugural So Amazing Chefs 2012 is Chris Salans
New additions to the 2015 chef roster include
Amsterdam-based Menno Post of two Michelin-starred restaurant The
Bokkedoorns; Hervé Rodriguez of MaSa (one Michelin star, Paris),
Jacques Pourcel, one-half of Le Jardin des Sens (one Michelin
Star)'s Pourcel brothers; Frenchman Loïc Villemin of Toya (one
Michelin star, Faulquemont); and Thierry Renou of Le Patio Thierry
Renou (one Michelin star, Arcachon).
“This year's gastronomic festival is the most
high profile event we've ever put together, with the constellation
of amazing chefs representing a combined seven Michelin stars. The
gathering highlights Bangkok as a foodie city, and promotes the
exchange of epicurean ideas and inspirations,” said Mr. Yves Mudry,
General Manager of Sofitel So Bangkok.
As in previous years, the So Amazing Chefs
program is packed with a series of dinners and cooking classes,
with the event highlight – the Culinary Showdown competition and
gala dinner – taking place on Friday, 9th October, with proceeds
going towards the CCF Foundation under The Royal Patronage of HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Alain Caron (Amsterdam,
Famed for his role as one of the MasterChef
judges (Netherlands), the Paris-born chef has worked for various
three-Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition to having cooked
private dinners all around the world, Alain is also the organizer
of international Michelin star events. He is the presenter of his
own cooking show, the author of 17 cook books and a member of the
Village de Chefs Association.
Chris Salans (Bali,
Chris was born in the USA, and after studying in
Boston he moved to Paris where he worked at several 3
Michelin-starred establishments. Following a spell back in the
USA, he settled in Bali and opened “Mozaic”, serving modern
Balinese cuisine and enjoying great success, including recognition
from European association Tradition et Qualité as a member of 'Les
Grande Tables Du Monde'.
Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam)
French maestro Didier has travelled the world, cooking for
presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora, royalty in
Malaysia and Cambodia. His titles include Master Chef of France,
and Five-star Diamond award winner. He is also chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi, and co-founding member of the
Village de Chefs Association.
Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam,
The Dutch chef-owner of waterfront restaurant
Het Bosch is no stranger to the world of fine cuisine, having
worked the kitchens of five Michelin starred restaurants in the
Netherlands, France, Australia, and New York . The multi-talented
chef is also a soulful house DJ, a founding member of the G6
Amsterdam culinary collective, as well as the secretary of chef
organization Euro-toques Netherlands.
The Dijon-born flavor manipulator (manipulateur
de saveurs, from which his restaurant MaSa forges its name) is
known for his signature of exceptional ingredients and condiments.
Before gaining Michelin fame with his Parisian restaurant, the
seasoned restauranteur was a former apprentice of the gastronomic
arts in Michelin starred restaurants under Jean Crotet and Jacques
Jacques Pourcel (Montpellier, France)
Based in France but known around the world as one-half of the
Pourcel twins, Jacques is one of fine French gastronomy's most
prolific ambassadors. In addition to restaurants in Paris and
Cannes, the Pourcel brothers also run Le Jardin des Sens, a
catering group with 600 employees and a flagship Michelin-starred
hotel and restaurant in Montpelier. He is a member of the Village
de Chefs Association.
Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy, France)
Chef-restauranteur Laurent boasts no less than five culinary
establishments that carry his name, including Le Charlemagne, a
one Michelin-starred restaurant in his native France. His many
years of experience in Japan are also evident in the culinary
tradition and precision he uses to create his signature
Japanese-French artistry. He is also a member of Chefs Nespresso
Loïc Villemin (Faulquemont, France)
Born to a restauranteur father, the 28-year-old Frenchman was well
versed in the business and raised with a culinary passion from a
tender age. Prior to opening Toya (one Michelin star since 2012), Loïc sharpened his skills at numerous Michelin-starred
restaurants, including Charlemagne, where he discovered a passion
for Japanese techniques and flavors that he combines with his creations.
Menno Post (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Dutchman Menno Post has been surrounded with two stars for most of
his working life. Prior to his head chef position at The
Bokkedoorns (two Michelin stars for 25 years and counting) he
refined his style at another two Michelin-starred restaurant for
years. With a passion for shellfish and organic vegetables, he
describes his signature style as modern and pure, where what you
see on the plate is what you get.
Paul Smart (Bangkok,
In his illustrious career, the multiple
award-winning Executive Chef at Sofitel So Bangkok has cooked for
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and was awarded the UK Commis Chef
of the Year award. The Australian native was also The Winning
Challenger Chef of the Iron Chef Thailand TV Programme in 2012
Stéphane Bonnat (Voiron, France)
by critics as the “encyclopedia of chocolate”, Stéphane is the
maitre-chocolatier of Bonnat. Established in 1884 in Voiron,
France, the family-run company is the longest established chocolaterie in the world. Bonnat's artisanal offerings include
single-origin chocolates, some dating back to the Incan Empire.
Recently awarded with 2 gold awards for Chocolate Maker and European categories at International Chocolate Awards 2015, Stéphane is also a member of the Village de Chefs Association.
Thierry Renou (Arcachon, France)
Born in Loire-Atlantique,
Thierry credits his commercial blacksmith father for his
self-discipline and his mother for his appetite for “instinctive
cuisine”. His chef postings at Le Rivage in Gien and La Guérinière
in Gujan-Mestras saw both restaurants awarded a Michelin star. His
winning streak continued when he took over Le Patio in 2007,
giving his own restaurant a much deserved place in the coveted
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