The hotly-anticipated third edition of Sofitel So Bangkok’s annual ‘So Amazing Chefs’ event takes place from October 15-19. It brings together nine top chefs from around the world for four days of culinary exchange and gastronomic showcases.
This year the participating chefs are Alain Caron, famed for his role as one of the Master Chef judges in the Netherlands. The Paris-born, Amsterdam-based chef has worked for various three-Michelin-starred restaurants; Sebastien Broda , whose cuisine is faithful to the Mediterranean tradition, but with a modern touch, combining complex flavours that are always appropriate and perfectly mastered; Chef Daniel Hebet, a specialist in truffles and chef-owner of Le Jardin du Quai, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Provence; Frenchman Didier Corlou, who has cooked for presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora and royalty in Malaysia. He is a chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi; Laurent Peugeot, a chef-restaurateur who boasts no less than five culinary establishments that carry his name, including Le Charlemagne, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in his native France; Chef Patrick Jeffroy, who creates gourmet Breton cuisine that is simple and natural. His culinary flair has seen him maintain two Michelin stars at his namesake restaurant since 2002; Sofitel So Bangkok executive chef Paul Smart, who in his illustrious career has cooked for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Australian native was also the Winning Challenger Chef in the Iron Chef Thailand™ TV programme in both 2012 and 2013; Stephane Bonnat, hailed by critics as an ‘encyclopedia of chocolate’. He is the maitre-chocolatier of Bonnat, the longest established chocolaterie in the world; and finally Chef Stephane Vieux, who has been studying pastry and cuisine since the age of 15. Having worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants in his native France, he now runs pastry consultancy Sweets Secrets from his base in Japan.
Aspiring chefs can learn directly from these gourmet virtuosos through culinary and pastry cooking classes, while foodies can indulge in the series of chefs’ dinners, where for three nights, these renowned artists will be preparing their signature dishes in 4-, 5-, or 8-course culinary journeys complemented by exquisite wine pairing options. The event includes the So Amazing Chefs Culinary Showdown, which takes place on the evening of October 17 and gives guests the opportunity to watch all nine chefs in action at individual cooking stations as they go head-to-head in a friendly cook-off with Thai celebrity guest judges on hand to rate their efforts.
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