SO Amazing Chefs 2018 returns for its 7th year, bringing together a new league of 21 amazing chefs and culinary maestros representing 14 Michelin stars. Together with nine AccorHotels chefs, they will be taking diners on a gastronomic journey never experienced before in Bangkok from Friday, 14th to Sunday, 23rd September 2018 at SO Sofitel Bangkok.
Gourmands are in for an epicurean jackpot at the 7th SO Amazing Chefs 2018 which will feature 7 dinners and 7 culinary activities. Specially curated culinary activities include cooking classes, a Sunday Drunch, Cheese@SO, Oyster Night, Dim Sum Pop-Up Dinner, Cheese & Grill Pop-Up Dinner, and a Mixologist Night featuring world class Diageo bartenders.
Cooking classes offer foodies the rare chance to learn the art of spices, pastry, and chocolate directly from their respective masters. As with every year, the event culminates with a Culinary Showdown, in which all chefs compete against one another in an evening of friendly culinary competition.
“What started as a gathering of 12 chefs eight years ago has since grown into an annual gastronomy showcase of 21 of the finest chefs from eight countries and three continents around the world. In recent years Bangkok has really started making a name for itself as a fine dining destination, and I cannot be more proud of the role SO Sofitel Bangkok has played in this city’s evolution,” said Torsten Richter, General Manager of SO Sofitel Bangkok.
The 30 total chefs highlighting this year’s 10-day culinary spectacle hails from more corners of the world than ever before, with each chef bringing their own unique flairs and cultural influences into the weeklong event.
New faces this year include James Noble, former chef of The Pink Geranium (**) in the UK and founder of The Boutique Farmers in Hua Hin, Thailand; Mario Barrios, former pâtissier of Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam (**) in the Netherlands; Simon Scott, chef-owner of Bistrot Saveurs (*) in Castres, France; Rob van der Veeken, chef of De Karpendonkse Hoeve (*) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Guy Lassausaie, chef-owner of Restaurant Guy Lassausaie (**) in Lyon, France; Bastian Falkenroth, chef-owner of U. das Restaurant (*) in Düsseldorf, Germany; Philippe Orrico, chef-owner of Upper Modern Bistro (*) and On Dining Kitchen & Lounge, both in Hong Kong. Proudly representing the host venue is Thomas Smith, Head Culinary Designer at SO Sofitel Bangkok.
The yearly celebration of the culinary arts also welcomes its mother-daughter duo: María José San Román is the chef-owner of Monastrell (*) in Alicante, Spain; and María Eugenia Perramón San Román is a director at her family tapas bar La Taberna del Gourmet in Alicante, Spain. Other culinary masters that are also making a debut in SO Amazing Chefs 2018 include Nicolas Elalouf, owner of Man Mo, the world’s first contemporary dim sum restaurant located in Hong Kong; and former ‘Best Young Cheesemonger in the World’ Leo Huguenin.
Familiar returning faces this year include Paul Liebrandt, chef-owner of Corton (**) in New York; Nicolas Isnard, chef-owner of L’Auberge de la Charme (*) in Prenois, France; Jacques Cocollos, owner of a French oyster farm and renowned exporter of top quality oysters to Asia; Patrice & Phillipe Marchand, co-owners of one of the oldest family-run dairy producers in Nancy, France, specializing in cheese; Stéphane Bonnat of Bonnat Chocolatier, the oldest chocolatier in the world; Didier Corlou, prolific culinary personality and master of spices; and Leonard Elenbaas, demonstration chef of Big Green Egg charcoal barbecue cooker in Europe. Bruno Dinel, maître boulanger-owner of Bib Gourmand recipient Le Bistrot du Boulanger in Strasbourg, France, also makes a comeback following his 2016 participation in the SO Amazing Chefs program.
Chefs from SO Sofitel Bangkok, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Vie Hotel Bangkok Mgallery By Sofitel, and Hotel Muse Bangkok By M Gallery Collection will also play supporting roles in SO Amazing Chefs 2018 which is taking place from 14 – 23 September 2018 at SO Sofitel Bangkok.
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