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Sofitel Saigon Plaza to host All Women Cheffes culinary festival

Released at: 08:22, 28/09/2019

Sofitel Saigon Plaza to host All Women Cheffes culinary festival

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Hotel and Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam to hold festival on October 15-20.

by Ngoc Lan

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 from October 15 to 20.

Coinciding with Vietnamese Women’s Day, three Michelin-starred cheffes and six celebrity cheffes will take over Sofitel Saigon Plaza’s culinary department.

The event aims to honor women and their talent in the world of gastronomy as well as raising awareness about the career opportunities available to women in the culinary profession. A private focus group will also be held for women working at Accor hotels in southern Vietnam, led by Accor’s Chief Talent and Culture Officer for Asia Pacific, Ms. Christine Rumble.

The highlight of the culinary festival will be the Cheffes Battle & Gala Dinner held on October 19 in the Diamond Hall at Sofitel Saigon Plaza. All cheffes will lead teams of local female talent to prepare a 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 the Saigon Innovation Hub and Vietnam Angel Network, Ms. Duong Thu Huong, CEO of Forbes Vietnam, and 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 October 16 to 18 between 3pm and 6pm.

The festival will end on Vietnamese Women’s Day, October 20, 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.

Mr. Olivier Revy, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza, said it prides itself on 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 honoring women,” he added.

Accor recently announced the launch of WILD F&B (Women in Leadership Disrupting Food and Beverage), an initiative that 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 (UK - Australia), who heads the culinary brigade at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.

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