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So Sofitel Bangkok Gathers 11 Michelin Stars to Celebrate 5th So Amazing Chefs 2016

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Five elements. Five Olympic rings. A lot of life’s most complete packages can be neatly counted on one hand. For the 5th edition of SO Amazing Chefs, SO Sofitel Bangkok is breaking out the silverware from 11 – 18 November 2016 with the most stellar gastronomic lineup ever to gather at the hotel, representing a total of 16 chefs and 11 Michelin stars.

“We strive to raise the bar of the SO Amazing Chefs every year, and this year we’ve outdone ourselves yet again with a gathering of 11 Michelin stars to celebrate the rich culinary landscape of the city. We are honored to have so many participating chefs return year after year, and as always, we look forward to the exchange of epicurean ideas and to sharing them with the foodies of our city,” says Mr. Yves Mudry, General Manager of SO Sofitel Bangkok

Foie Gras by Paul Liebrandt

The eight-day program includes 7 themed degustation dinners, 2 weekend brunches, 6 once-in-a-lifetime cooking classes hosted by the chefs themselves, and a selection of other culinary events including a ceramic BBQ demonstration and a cheese tasting.

The annual Culinary Showdown competition and gala dinner takes place on Friday 18th November 2016 with all proceeds going towards the CCF Foundation under The Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. This will be followed by a chef meet-and-greet after-party to wrap up the event.

This year, 7 chefs are making their debut at the culinary extravaganza, including Bruno Dinel (Maître Boulanger-owner of Le Bistrot du Boulanger in Strasbourg, a Bib Gourmand 2016 recipient); Leonard Elenbaas, chef-owner of Pure Passie in the Netherlands; Michael Dyllong, head chef of Palmgarden restaurant (1 Michelin star) in Dortmund; Patrice Marchand, co-owner of one of the oldest family-run dairy producers in France dating back to 1880; Paul Liebrandt, former chef and co-owner of the 2 Michelin-starred Corton in New York; Thierry Drapeau, chef and co-owner of Thierry Drapeau Logis de Chabotterie restaurant (2 Michelin stars) in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France; and Jean-Baptiste Natali, chef-owner of the 1 Michelin-starred Restaurant Natali – Hostellerie La Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, France.

They will be joining 9 returning chefs, including: Alain Caron (Amsterdam), Didier Corlou (Hanoi), Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam), Hervé Rodriguez(Paris), Jacques Pourcel (Montpellier), Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy), Patrick Jeffroy (Brittany), Paul Smart (Bangkok), Stéphane Bonnat (Voiron). Completing the culinary line-up are 6 additional chefs from SO Sofitel Bangkok, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra, and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

All visiting chefs will be arriving in Bangkok courtesy of Etihad Airways, the generous air ticket sponsors for SO Amazing Chefs 2016.

SO Amazing Chefs 2016 will be staged from 11 – 18 November 2016 at SO Sofitel Bangkok. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 6240000 or email [email protected]

Sea Bass by Paul Smart

CHEF PROFILES

  1. Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Famed for his role as one of the MasterChef judges (Netherlands), the Paris-born chef has worked for various 3-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 chef-owner of CAFÉ CARON in Amsterdam, Netherlands, presenter of his own cooking show, author of 17 cook books and a member of the Village de Chefs Association.

  1. 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.

  1. Bruno Dinel (Strasbourg, France)

After graduating from hotel school, Bruno initially pursued a career as a sommelier, but destiny intervened and he went on to receive his CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude de boulanger) professional diploma; he would later be recognized with a “Baker of the Year” award in 2007. Renowned for his mastery in blending modernity and tradition, Bruno is now Maître Boulanger-owner of Le Bistrot du Boulanger, awarded Bib Gourmand status in the Michelin Guide 2016.

  1. Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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.

  1. Hervé Rodriguez (Paris, France) (1 Michelin Star)

The Dijon-born flavor manipulator (‘manipulateur de saveur’s, 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 restaurateur was a former apprentice of the gastronomic arts in Michelin starred restaurants under Jean Crotet and Jacques Lameloise.

  1. Jacques Pourcel (Montpellier, France) (1 Michelin Star)

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.

  1. Jean-Baptiste Natali (Colombey-les-Deux-Églises) (1 Michelin Star)

After over a decade of sharpening his skills in kitchens around the world alongside renowned chefs including Luc Piguet (Sochaux, France), Daniel Boulud (New York), and Chrstian Willer (Cannes), Jean-Baptiste returned to his native France in 2001 to Restaurant Mountain Inn in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, where as Executive Chef he earned the restaurant its first Michelin star. In 2005, he ventured out on his own with the opening of Restaurant Natali – Hostellerie La Montagne, a 1 Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel housed in a beautiful country house in the Haute-Marne region of France.

  1. Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy, France) (1 Michelin Star)

Chef-restaurateur Laurent boasts no less than five culinary establishments that carry his name, including Le Charlemagne, a 1 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 HORECA.

  1. Leonard Elenbaas (‘s-Gravenzande, Netherlands)

In his former career, the chef-owner of Pure Passie (Pure Passion) restaurant was a rifleman with the Dutch Marines. Now a demonstration chef and ambassador for Big Green Egg Europe, Leonard is following his passion to create tasteful and healthy dishes. He employs farmers and hunters who grow vegetables and catch game for his creations, and also runs a flour-producing windmill, a cheese and milk factory, and breeds his own Mangalitsa pigs for meat.

  1. Michael Dyllong (Dortmund, Germany) (1 Michelin Star)

Michael’s talents were recognized early on when he was awarded the prize for Vice World Champion of Young Chefs 2011 while still in his mid-20s. A few years later, he was again highlighted by Gault Millau as a Young Talent in 2014, one year after Palmgarden –  the restaurant in his hometown of Dortmund, Germany, where he is head chef – was awarded 1 Michelin star and 15 points from Gault Millau.

  1. Patrice Marchand (Nancy, France)

Patrice, along with his brothers, are maintaining their family’s long tradition in fresh dairy produce, an involvement that dates back to 1880. Professionally trained at the Hotel School of Lausanne (EHL), he is also a member of the International Cheese Guild and master restaurateur of ‘Les Frères Marchand’ restaurants in Nancy, France.

  1. Patrick Jeffroy (Brittany, France) (2 Michelin Stars)

Patrick draws on the sea and the earth of Brittany to create Breton gourmet cuisine that is simple and natural. His culinary flair has seen him maintain two Michelin stars at his namesake restaurant since 2002.  He is also an award-winning 2011 seafood cookbook author, and member of the Grand Tables of the World as well as the Village de Chefs Association.

  1. Paul Liebrandt (New York, USA) (2 Michelin Stars)

Paul is the subject of the documentary “A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt”, which follows his New York career, including a stint as chef and co-owner of 2 Michelin-starred Corton. Through the course of his career, he has also earned recognition as Youngest Three Star Chef (New York Times, 2000), The Best and the Brightest (Esquire, 2002), and Best New Chef (Food and Wine, 2009).

  1. Paul Smart (Bangkok, Thailand)

In his illustrious career, the multiple award-winning Executive Chef at SO Sofitel 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 Program in 2012 and 2013.

  1. Stéphane Bonnat (Voiron, France)

Hailed 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.

  1. Thierry Drapeau (Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France) (2 Michelin Stars)

Thierry’s childhood memories of being by his father’s side – a figure whom he fondly remembers as “a cook who spent his Sundays cooking good products purchased from the market” – made a lasting impression on his career choice. After working his way up the kitchen ladder alongside several renowned chefs, Thierry and Karine Buchy opened Thierry Drapeau Logis de Chabotterie restaurant (2 Michelin stars) in 2004, which would later expand to include a Relais & Châteaux hotel.

Asia Pacific Sofitel Chefs

  1. Joost Bijster, Chef de Cuisine of Park Society – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  2. Kenny Karlson, Chef de Cuisine of Red Oven – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  3. Sorataj Thesaphu, Sous Chef of Park Society – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  4. Wanida Changsakunchai, Junior Sous Chef of Chocolab – SO Sofitel Bangkok
  5. Andrea Molinari, Executive Chef – Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
  6. Oliver Genique, Chef de Cuisine of Le Beaulieu – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

EVENT PROGRAM

Friday 11 November 2016

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner: Vietnamese Spices

4 courses: THB 3,000++/person

Venue: Park Society

Chefs:  Didier Corlou, Olivier Genique

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Wine Down at SO with Cheese Tasting

2 hours of wine, tapas, and cheese: THB 600++/person

Venue: MIXO

By: Patrice Marchand (Cheese Master)

Saturday 12 November 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm

Culinary Cooking Class (2 dishes)
THB 2,400++/person

Venue: Park Society

Chef: Didier Corlou (Spices)

12.00pm – 3.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Brunch

THB 1,950++/person (THB 2,350++ with free flow wine)

Venue: Red Oven

Chefs: Alain Caron, Leonard Elenbaas, Thierry Drapeau, Jacques Pourcel, Patrice Marchand

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner: Farm, Soil & Sea to Plate

9 courses: THB 7,500++/person

9 courses: THB 8,900++/person with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Alain Caron, Laurent Peugeot, Herve Rodriguez, Thierry Drapeau, Paul Liebrandt, Jacques Pourcel, Olivier Genique, Leonard Elenbaas, Stephane Bonnat , Wanida Changsakunchai

 Sunday 13 November 2016

12.00pm – 3.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Brunch

THB1,950++/person (THB 2,350++ with free flow wine)

Venue: Red Oven

Chefs: Laurent Peugeot, Herve Rodriguez, Paul Liebrandt, Michael Dyllong, Patrice Marchand, Ferry Van Houten

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner: Five Elements

5 courses: THB 4,900++/person

5 courses: THB 5,900++/person with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Bruno Dinel, Olivier Genique, Jean-Batiste Natali, Michael Dyllong, Laurent Peugeot, Herve Rodriguez, Stephane Bonnat, Patrice Marchand

Monday 14 November 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm

Culinary Cooking Class (2 dishes)
THB 2,400++/person

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Laurent Peugeot, Herve Rodriguez

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Chocolate Cooking Class (2 desserts)

THB 1,400++/person

Venue: Chocolab

Chef: Stephane Bonnat, Wanida Changsakunchai

6.00pm – 10.00pm

Sofitel Asia Pacific Chefs Dinner

5 courses: THB 3,400++/person

5 courses: THB 4,400++ with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Olivier Genique, Joost Bijster, Kenny Karlson, Andrea Molinari, Paul Smart, Sorataj Thesaph

Tuesday 15 November 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm

Culinary Cooking Class (2 dishes)
THB 2,400++/person

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Alain Caron, Ferry Van Houten

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Chocolate Cooking Class (2 desserts)

THB 1,400++/person

Venue: Chocolab

Chef: Stephane Bonnat, Wanida Changsakunchai

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner

7 courses: THB 6,800++/person

7 courses: THB 8,200++ with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Bruno Dinel, Jean-Batiste Natali,Thierry Drapeau ,Michael Dyllong,  Alain Caron, Jacques Pourcel, Ferry Van Houten, Patrick Jeffroy, Patrice Marchand

Wednesday 16 November 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm

Culinary Cooking Class (2 dishes)
THB 2,400++/person

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Paul Liebrandt, Michael Dyllong

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Ceramic Barbeque Oven Demonstration

Free entry

Venue: Park Society

Chef: Leonard Elenbaas

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner: Six Senses

6 courses: THB 5,400++/person

6 courses: THB 6,700++ with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Bruno Dinel, Jean-Batiste Natalie, Thierry Drapeau, Laurent Peugeot, Herve Rodriguez, Michael Dyllong, Paul Liebrandt, Patrice Marchand

Thursday 17 November 2016

6.00pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Dinner: Around the World in 12 courses

12 courses: THB 9,900++/person

12 courses: THB 12,900++ with wine pairing

Venue: Park Society

Chefs: Bruno Dinel, Paul Smart, Jean-Batiste Natalie, Thierry Drapeau, Laurent Peugeot, Alain Caron, Jacques Pourcel, Leonard Elenbaas, Michael Dyllong, Patrick Jeffroy, Paul Liebrandt, Ferry Van Houten, Herve Rodriguez, Stephane Bonnat, Patrice Marchand

Friday 18 November 2016

6.30pm – 10.00pm

SO Amazing Chefs Culinary Showdown

THB 3,000++/person for 3-course dinner

Venue: Ballroom

Schedule:              6:30pm – Welcome Cocktail

7:00pm – Chefs Introduction

7:30pm – Commence Showdown

8:45pm – Tasting by Judges

9:00pm – Tasting by Audience

10.00pm – midnight

SO Amazing Chefs After-Party

Free entry

Venue: HI-SO

Event: Meet & greet SO Amazing chefs

with Chef Ferry van Houten as special guest DJ