Jacques Pourcel in Hanoi for a One-Night Culinary Extravaganza

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 14 April 2010

One of Frances most renowned chefs, Jacques Pourcel, will be at the legendary Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for a one-night culinary extravaganza on 19 April 2010.

 The Hanoi stop is a prelude to Pourcels larger regional responsibilities. He and his twin brother, Laurent, are en route to Shanghai where theyll reign as culinary ambassadors from France at the Expo 2010. But first, Jacques and a culinary accomplice, Alain Caron, will fire up their craft in Hanoi.

Le Beaulieu is the oldest continually run restaurant in Vietnam, and our new French chef, Denis Groison, is orchestrating a French culinary revival at the moment, said Kai Speth, the hotels general manager. The arrival of Messieurs Pourcel and Caron is a testament to the hotels rising stature as a must-stop on Asias culinary circuit.

So, what does a Pourcel dinner look like? The Wine Dinner gets underway with shelled scallops accompanied by tapioca in a passion fruit sauce. From there, its on to pan-fried langoustines, to seared lobster, to oven-baked sea bass, to roasted squab fillet and to conclude, a fruit minestrone.

Each of the six courses will be paired by wines presented by Sieur d'Arques. The Pourcel appearance will be a highlight, if not the highlight, on Hanois culinary calendar for 2010.

Jacques, alongside brother Laurent, won a third Michelin star at their restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, France in 1998. Since then their success and reputation has continued to grow.

In 2000, they started developing their business overseas, earning a reputation as two of the most dynamic chefs in the world. Today they are on the map in Bangkok, Tokyo, Casablanca, Geneva, Marrakesh and Algiers.

Their work in Shanghai will be a key part of a major promotion by France at Expo 2010. The budget for the event, including construction and fitting-out of a national pavilion is 50 million Euros.

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