Saigon Gourmet Week features full line-up of female chefs

Saigon Gourmet Week features full line-up of female chefs

The Saigon Times Daily

Michelin-starred Cheffe María José San Román from Spain is one of the female chefs joining the fourth Saigon Gourmet Week, which will showcase a series of culinary events at Sofitel Saigon Plaza from October 15 to 20 – PHOTO: COURTESY OF SOFITEL SAIGON PLAZA

HCMC – Sofitel Saigon Plaza and Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam will present the first All Women Cheffes culinary festival in Vietnam next week 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 October 15 to 20.

The event aims to honor 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 Christine Rumble as Accor’s Chief Talent and Culture Officer for Asia Pacific.

The festival brings together Michelin-starred Cheffes and celebrity Cheffes from around the world including France, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Cambodia, Australia and the UK.

The highlight of the culinary festival will be the Cheffes Battle and Gala Dinner held on Saturday, October 19 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, plus four other courses crafted by the hotel’s Executive Chef Stephane Leforestier.

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 with seating between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The festival will end on Vietnamese Women’s Day on 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.

"Sofitel Saigon Plaza prides itself in providing a culinary event for the most discerning food connoisseurs in HCMC. 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," said Olivier Revy, general manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza.

The fourth 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 local female talents for the Cheffes Battle on October 19.