The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will transport guests to a world of gastronomy at the Les Arômes Festival 2017, Vietnam’s premier wine and food festival, from October 26 to December 7.

Guests can thrill their palates with masterful creations from some of the world’s leading chefs while indulging in some of the finest wines to be found. 

Headlining this year’s event with an intimate, five-course dinner at L’Orangerie on November 9 is Thierry Drapeau, chef and owner of two Michelin-starred restaurants, La Chabotterie, in western France. Known for a cooking style called “Food from Mother Earth”, Chef Drapeau’s signature dishes are inspired by the seasonal produce of the Vendée region where he grew up.

He nurtured his dream of becoming a famous chef while helping his father in the kitchen as a child. At 21, he was appointed Chef de Partie at Le Bateau Ivre, a two-starred Michelin restaurant. He went on to work for other Michelin-starred restaurants including Courchevel and L’Escale before returning to the Vendée in 1996 to open his first restaurant.

Guests can also look forward to Chef Drapeau’s authentic French fare on November 10 at Le Beaulieu, where he will join forces with the Metropole’s Executive Sous Chef Olivier Genique for a special wine dinner.

“The Metropole’s annual Les Arômes Festival is the premier culinary event in Vietnam,” said Mr. William J. Haandrikman, General Manager of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. “This year, as with every year, we’re pulling out all the stops to provide guests with the best gastronomic experience, while celebrating fine food, wine and community.”

Les Arômes 2017, the 11th annual festival at the Metropole, kicks off on October 26 at Le Beaulieu with a private dinner featuring French celebrity Chef Christophe Grilo. Chef Grilo, who has cooked for such Hollywood stars as Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger and singer Barbra Streisand, will team up with the Executive Sous Chef Genique for an evening of delicious French cuisine.

Chef Daniel Chavez from OLA Cocina del Mar Singapore is set to delight palates at the San Pellegrino dinner at Le Beaulieu on November 2 with his Peruvian-Spanish cuisine. Originally from Peru, Chef Chavez trained under the legendary Catalan Chef Santi Santamaria at El Raco de Can Fabes before going on to open Ossiano in Dubai and Santi in Singapore for Chef Santamaria.

Guests will have the opportunity to savor brilliant red and white wines at the Grand Crus Bordeaux Festival at L’Orangerie on November 30. More than 14 esteemed estates in France’s largest wine growing region, including Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, Château Paveil de Luze, and Château Lanessan, are expected to take part.

Les Arômes 2017 concludes on December 7 with a private dinner at L’Orangerie featuring a selection of wines from the renowned French winery Andre Lurton in Pessac-Léognan - the northern part of the Graves region of Bordeaux and the birthplace of the Grands Vins de Bordeaux.