Sofitel Plaza

Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016

In celebration of the excellence and creativity of French gastronomy, five (5) Michelin-star Chefs from France gather for the 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week taking place at L’Olivier – our authentic Mediterranean restaurant from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 November 2016.
Familiar faces from our quarterly Michelin Chef events include two-Michelin-star Chef Thierry Drapeau (Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon, France), one-Michelin-star Chef Marc de Passorio (Aix-en-Provence, France), and one-Michelin-star Chef Geoffrey Poësson (Saint-Maxime, France). Exciting new additions to the 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week include one-Michelin-star Chef Laurent Azoulay (Méribel, France), and one-Michelin-star Chef Jean-Francois Bérard (La Cadiére d’Azur, France).
The 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week program from 20 – 26 November 2016 will be packed with a series of lunches, dinners, cooking classes, and the event highlight – Gala Dinner. The first time ever introduction of Star Chef Brunch on Sunday, 20 November 2016 with the cooking demonstrations of 5 Michelin-star Chefs promises to exceed your expectations by bringing the best food, wine and service together in one unique location.
Michelin-star Chefs, along with Sofitel Saigon Plaza Executive Chef Marko Rankel, will host the grand Gala Dinner with Chef Battle competition in Diamond Hall on 26 November 2016. The Chef Battle competition will be judged by Mr. Jack Lee – Judge of Junior Master Chef Vietnam , Chef Sakal Phoeung – President of Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam, Mr. Paul Le – Food Expert, VP Operations Central Group Vietnam, and a famous Vietnamese celebrity. This prestigious Gala Dinner will be one of Saigon’s most star-studded dining events featuring an extravagant gastronomical treat, prepared by Executive Chef Marko Rankel together with all Michelin-star Chefs including Thierry Drapeau, Laurent Azoulay, Jean-Francois Bérard, Marc de Passorio, and Geoffrey Poësson, team up with famous Vietnamese Iron Chefs for the cooking battle.
The 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week is set to strengthen the commitment of Sofitel Saigon Plaza as an Ambassador of French art-de-vivre where guests are offered the best French values of cuisine and culture in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. “Sofitel Saigon Plaza prides itself in providing unique culinary experiences to the gastronomers. The gathering of Michelin-Star Chefs highlights Sofitel Saigon Plaza as a landmark of gastronomy in Ho Chi Minh City”, said Mr. Bertrand Courtois, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza.
The 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week is co-hosted by Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam, a French association of more than 25,000 chefs from over 26 countries. Transfer of knowledge and passion is one of the core values of the Disciples Escoffier worldwide.
The 2nd Saigon Gourmet Week is in partnership with Annam Professional, Evian, Badoit, Masse, Classic Fine Foods, Celliers d’Asie, Red Apron Fine Wines & Spirits, President, Lactalis, The Warehouse and Caviar de Duc

20 November 2016
VND 1,138,888++ for food only
VND 1,438,888++ including champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks
21-25 November 2016, 10:00AM
VND1,090,000++ including 3-course set lunch
Mezz Restaurant, Level 2
21-25 November 2016
VND 550,000++ for 2-course set lunch
VND 680,000++ for 3-course set lunch
21-25 November 2016
VND 1,650,000++ for food only
VND 2,600,000++ including wine pairing
L’Olivier Restaurant, Level 2
26 November 2016, 6:30PM – 10:00PM
VND 2,500,000++ including wine pairing
Diamond Hall, Lobby Level

Prices are subject to 5% service charge and 10% VAT.
For more information or advance reservation, please call +84 (0) 8 3824 1555 or email
[email protected]




Born in Nantes in the Loire – Atlantique, Thierry Drapeau is a great French Chef. is the owner and chef of his own Relais & Château property in France. His style reflects the numerous travels he made in France and in the world, paying a vibrant homage to all products at their best.
Thierry Drapeau has the passion in cooking since he was a young boy thanks to his father. Thierry Drapeau’s love of food and cooking comes from Sunday market mornings with his father. Choosing only the finest ingredients for a simple yet elegant end-of-week dinner is still, to this day, an element in Drapeau’s masterpieces, which he charmingly showcases in his restaurant “Logis de La Chabotterie”. He is interested to share more decorative dishes and their preparation. Thierry Drapeau did his apprenticeship with Mr. Lann at the “Le Central” restaurant in Guilvinec, and Mr. Thomas at “The Manor’s Comet ” (one Michelin-star restaurant) in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire.
In 2006, the restaurant got its first Michelin-star award, and in March 2011, the Michelin Guide awarded him the second Michelin Star.




Chef Marc de Passorio obtained one star in Michelin Guide 2015 for his restaurant L’Esprit de la Violette in Aix-en-Provence. This large bourgeois villa is the “fief” of the chef, boasting a Zen and relaxing atmosphere in an elegantly designed room looking out over an antique garden planted with century-old trees.

Chef Marc de Passorio is not only known for combining research, technique and precision into his cooking, but also his feeling for flavors and ingenuity for his work. Each dish is a new take on its original guise. He can concoct modern, colorful and devilishly creative cuisine, which leads diners from one lovely culinary surprise to the next.
He especially found his inspiration to work with spices and seasoning during his stay in Réunion Island near Madagascar. This granted him ability to blend subtle flavors, textures and colors and invites you to a thrilling gourmet journey fusion between Europe, Africa and Asia.



Young and talented chef, Geoffrey Poësson is the owner of his own restaurant which has one Michelin star since 2011. Flavors, creativity, mastery and accuracy best describe the cuisine of this talented chef.
He has imposed his talent with local cuisine to create refined, contemporary and graphic dishes. His dishes are not only beautiful and delicious, but also hardly to expect. Proof of high-quality dishes, the restaurant has been recognized “Quality restaurant” by the Culinary College de France.



Jean-François Bérard is a charming, dynamic Chef committed to upholding the traditions of his beloved Provence.
Jean-François Bérard loves cooking – the passion handed down to him by the grandmother of the family, then his father. His vocation was born when he was just a little boy. He then followed the teachings of his father René Bérard – one of the finest ambassadors of Provencal cuisine – and went on to develop his own signature style.
René and Jean-François Bérard remain inseparable and Jean-François is proud to perpetuate his father’s unique legacy. He cherishes his kitchen garden, overflows with fabulous aromatic plants, heritage vegetables and tomato varieties from all over the world.




Born in Bagnols-sur-Céze, Chef Azoulay grew up in a family of epicureans. During the time in culinary school in Avignon he did his internships in many Michelin starred restaurants in the region.
Passionate about gastronomy, the little free time he had during his military service was spent in famous places in Paris such as the Lido and L’Arpége, the restaurant of three star chef Alain Passard. After military service he worked for chefs such as Pierre Gagnaire and Alain Ducasse before finally receiving his first Michelin star in 2009 in restaurant “Le Saule Pleureur” in Monteux.
Currently Chef Azoulay holds a Michelin star in restaurant L’Ekrin in Méribel in the French Alps.