Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has named Mr. Raphael Kinimo as the hotel’s new Executive Sous Chef. The French national has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens and hotels and brings more than two decades of culinary experience to Vietnam’s most storied hotel.

In his role as Executive Sous Chef, Mr. Kinimo will help oversee the culinary team, under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Smart, at the hotel’s iconic upscale French restaurant Le Beaulieu.
Mr. Kinimo began his career at the three Michelin-starred Paul Bocuse restaurant in Lyon before continuing his apprenticeship in a number of award-winning restaurants around France, including Jour de Marche in Lyon and The Yoann Conte Restaurant (or L’Auberge de l’Eridan) by Marc Veryat in Annecy.


In 2006, Mr. Kinimo moved to London where he worked under master chef Joel Robuchon at the three Michelin-starred l’Atelier de Robuchon in Covent Garden before relocating to Dubai to work as Head Chef for La Maison.
In 2009, he moved to Thailand to work as the Executive Head Chef at the French fine-dining establishment, Artur, which was named “Best Restaurant in Bangkok” by Thailand Tatler in 2011 and 2012. He was previously also Chef Patron at Brasserie 9 in Bangkok.
Most recently, Mr. Kinimo worked as Chef de Cuisine at the Ritz Carlton Café in Macau where he specialized in classic French fare with a modern twist and fresh seafood.