Bangkok Post reviews
So Amazing Chef 2013
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: September 20, 2013 at 8:21 am
Saint Ho Van caramel by French pastry chef Sebastien Bouillet.
The second annual So Amazing Chefs 2013 will run from Wednesday until Sept 28 at the Sofitel So Bangkok. The four-day event, featuring nine high-profile chefs from around the world, promises something for everyone, including two-hour cooking classes, themed seven-course degustation dinners and a wine night featuring a four-course set menu curated by master sommeliers.
The event's highlight is the So Amazing Chef Competition Culinary Showdown, which takes place in the hotel's ballroom on Sept 27. The two-hour event will pit all nine chefs against each other in a friendly competition overseen by Thai celebrity guest judges. Guests will have the opportunity to admire the maestros at work in close proximity as they compete at their individual cooking stations.
All proceeds from the culinary showdown will be donated to the CCF Foundation, under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, which helps underprivileged children.
The top nine chefs participating in this year's gastronomic event are:
Stephane Bonnat from Voiron, France, is the maitre-chocolatier of Bonnat. The family-run company was established in 1884 and enjoys the prestige of being the longest established chocolaterie in the world.
Sebastien Bouillet from Lyon, France, operates and owns pastry boutiques in Lyon and Tokyo, and runs Gateau Ecole, a pastry-making school in Vieux-Lyon. He is a member of the Relais Desserts International, Toques Blanches Lyonnaises and Toques Blanches du Monde associations.
Alain Caron from The Netherlands is famed for his role as one of the MasterChef judges. This Paris-born, Amsterdam-based chef has worked for various three Michelin-star restaurants, including with the Troisgros family and Chef Marc Meneau.
Didier Corlou from Hanoi, Vietnam, has cooked for presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora, and royalty in Malaysia and Cambodia. The Frenchman is chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi, and the president of Escoffier Vietnam.
Crab tartare on mango ravioli by the Paris-born, Amsterdam-based chef Alain Caron.
Gilles Faelens from Amsterdam is a leading supplier of wines to Holland, and he specialises in wines from southwest France. The master sommelier and owner of Bacchantes wine bar in the Dutch metropolis hails from the same region he sources his wine from.
Francois Geurds from Rotterdam, Holland, is the chef and owner of the one Michelin-star Ivy restaurant in Rotterdam, and is an acclaimed master of molecular cuisine. He specialises in offering taste sensations without the use of dyes, additives or binders.
Patrick Jeffroy from Brittany, France, draws on the sea and the soil of Brittany to source the best produce and 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.
Christophe Paucod from Tokyo, Japan, is one of the leading French chefs in Japan and pays tribute to his home as chef and owner of a traditional bouchon, offering authentic Lyonnais-style cuisine.
Paul Smart, from Bangkok, served his apprenticeship at the Ritz London and while working in the UK he cooked for HM Queen Elizabeth II and won the UK Commis Chef of the Year award. He's also one of the winning challengers of the Iron Chef Thailand competition.
For a full dining programme, prices and reservations, call 02-624-0000 or email H6835-FB3@sofitel.com