Sofitel Saigon Plaza and Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam will showcase a series of culinary events from 15th-20th October 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, 25th September 2019
Sofitel Saigon Plaza and Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam will present the first All Women Cheffes culinary festival in Vietnam as part of the annual Saigon Gourmet Week. Coinciding with Vietnamese Women’s Day, three Michelin-starred Cheffes and six celebrity Cheffes will take over the Sofitel Saigon Plaza culinary department from 15th to 20th October 2019.
The event aims to honour women and their talents in the world of gastronomy as well as raising awareness for the career-opportunities available to women in the culinary industry. A private focus group will also take place for women working in Accor hotels across southern Vietnam, led by Accor’s Chief Talent and Culture Officer for Asia Pacific – Christine Rumble. Accor recently announced the launch of WILD F&B (Women in Leadership Disrupting Food and Beverage) – an initiative which sets out to tackle the imbalance of gender diversity in the food and beverage industry by offering support for female talent such as career guidance and thought leadership forums.
The festival brings together Michelin-starred Cheffe Julia Komp (Germany), Michelin-starred Cheffe Flora Mikula (France), Michelin-starred Cheffe María José San Román (Spain), Celebrity Cheffe Anne-Cecile Degenne from Raffles & Fairmont Makati (France), Celebrity Cheffe Beatriz Gonzalez (Mexico – France), Celebrity Pastry Cheffe Keiko Nagae (Japan – France), Celebrity Cheffe Kimsan Sok (Cambodia), Celebrity Cheffe Georgiana Viou (France) and Celebrity Cheffe Angela Brown who heads the culinary brigade at Raffles Grand Hotel d’ Angkor (United Kingdom – Australia).
The highlight of the culinary festival will be the Cheffes Battle & Gala Dinner held on Saturday 19th October 2019 in the Diamond Hall of Sofitel Saigon Plaza. All Cheffes will lead teams of local female talents to prepare the main course for 120 guests using ingredients from a secret box, complementing the four other courses crafted by the hotel’s Executive Chef Stephane Leforestier. The Cheffes battle will be judged by Ms. Nguyen Phi Van (Chairwoman of Saigon Innovation Hub and Vietnam Angel Network), Ms. Duong Thu Huong (CEO of Forbes Vietnam) among other successful women from various industries in Vietnam.
High Tea at Boudoir Lounge is the latest addition to the festival, with a collection of sweet treats prepared by celebrity pastry-cheffe Keiko Nagae from Japan. The afternoon tea is available from 16th-18th October with seatings between 3pm to 6pm.
The festival will end on Vietnamese Women’s Day on 20th October with an All Star Cheffes Brunch and Buffet Dinner at Mezz Restaurant, as well as an intimate Dinner at L’Olivier Restaurant in the evening. “Sofitel Saigon Plaza prides itself in providing a culinary event for the most discerning food connoisseurs in Ho Chi Minh City. The gathering of Michelin-starred Cheffes and Celebrity Cheffes highlights our commitment as an ambassador of French art-de-vivre to offer the best French cuisine and culture in the heart of the city while honouring women,” said Olivier Revy, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza.
The 4th Saigon Gourmet Week is co-hosted by Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam, a French association of more than 25,000 chefs from over 26 countries. The association sets out to develop young Vietnamese talents by teaching culinary skills, and has gathered the local female talents for the Cheffes Battle on Saturday 19th October 2019.
The event is proudly sponsored by Air France, Andros Asia, Annam Professional, Badoit, Barilla, Celliers d’Asie, Clement design, Dalat Deli, Evian, Flormar, Giesser, Gourmet Partner, Kikoman, La Maison, Latino Bella, Mortlach, Le Fruit, Maille, McCormick, Matfter Bourgeat, Nespresso, Président, Pretty by Flormar, Répertoire Culinaire Vietnam, T.K. and Yves Rocher.