Star Chef Line-up Unveiled For So Amazing Chef 2013 at Sofitel So Bangkok

In celebration of the culinary arts, Sofitel So Bangkok has revealed the chef line-up for the second annual So Amazing Chefs 2013. The event, which will be staged from September 25th to 28th, will bring together nine high profile chefs from around the world.

Online PR News – 04-September-2013 – Bangkok, Thailand – “The feedback we received from last year's inaugural event was overwhelming, and we're delighted to organize the second So Amazing Chefs 2013. Not only does the event reflect the Sofitel commitment to gastronomy, but it really is just a wonderful reason for us to get together, exchange ideas, and of course showcase the immense talents of the participating chefs. As with last year, we will again be hosting a culinary showdown with proceeds going to charity, and I hope our guests will take advantage of the rare opportunities to get up close and personal with these well-known culinary artists,” says Gilles Cretallaz, General Manager of Sofitel So Bangkok.

The four-day epicurean showcase includes a two-hour cooking classes given by world renowned chefs, themed seven-course degustation dinners, and a wine night featuring a four-course set menu curated by master sommeliers and paired with exquisite wines.

The highlight of the epicurean extravaganza is the So Amazing Chef Competition Culinary Showdown, which will take place at The Ballroom on the evening of Friday, 27th September. The two-hour event will pit all the nine chefs against each other in a friendly competition overseen by Thai celebrity guest judges. All proceeds from the Culinary Showdown will be donated towards the CCF Foundation under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn which helps underprivileged children.


Stephane Bonnat (Voiron, France)
Hailed by critics as the “encyclopedia of chocolate”, Stephane is the maitre-chocolatier of Bonnat. Established in 1884 in Voiron, France, the family-run company enjoys the prestige of being the longest established chocolaterie in the world. Bonnat's artisanal offerings include single-origin chocolates, some dating back to the Incan Empire.

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Sebastien Bouillet (Lyon, France)
Touted as one of the top pastry chefs in France, Sebastien owns and operates boutiques in Lyon and Tokyo. He also runs Gateau Ecole, a pastry-making school in Vieux-Lyon. The distinguished patisseier-chocolatier is a member of prestigious associations “Relais Desserts International”, “Toques Blanches Lyonnaises”, and “Toques Blanches du monde”.

Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Holland)
Famed for his role as one of the MasterChef judges, Alain's reputation in culinary circles was established well before his appearance on Dutch television. The Paris-born, Amsterdam-based chef has worked for various three-Michelin-starred restaurants, including with the Troisgros family and Chef Marc Meneau. Alain is also the organizer of international events featuring other Michelin-star chefs.

Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Frenchman Didier has travelled the world, cooking for presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora, royalty in Malaysia and in Cambodia. His titles include Master Chef of France, and Five-Star Diamond award winner. He is also chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi, and the president of Escoffier Vietnam.

Gilles Faelens (Amsterdam, Holland)
As a leading supplier of wines to the Netherlands, Gilles specializes in wines from southwestern France that surprise and inspire. The master sommelier and owner of Bacchantes wine bar in the Dutch metropolis, actually hails from the same region that he sources his wine. In addition to importing them, he also regularly organizes dinners and wine tasting events.

Francois Geurds (Rotterdam, Holland)
Dutch chef-owner of the one-Michelin-starred Ivy restaurant in Rotterdam is an acclaimed master of molecular cuisine. He specializes in offering taste sensations without the use of dyes, additives, or binders. Chef Francois is constantly travelling around the world in search of inspiration and keeping up with the latest gastronomy trends.

Patrick Jeffroy (Brittany, France)
Patrick draws on the sea and the earth of Brittany to source the best produce and create Breton gourmet cuisine that is simple and natural. His culinary flair has seen him maintain two Michelin stars at his namesake restaurant since 2002. He is also a member of the Grand Tables of the World, and 2011 award winner for the best seafood cookbook “Faim de mer en fin de terre”.

Christophe Paucod (Tokyo, Japan)
Formerly with Sofitel Tokyo, Christophe is one of the leading French chefs in the Japan and pays tribute to his hometown as chef-owner of a traditional bouchon, offering authentic Lyonnais style cuisine in the heart of the Japanese capital. Christophe also organizes annual French culinary events in Japan to celebrate the art of French gastronomy.

Paul Smart (Bangkok, Thailand)
Paul rose from the ranks to take up the culinary helm at Sofitel So Bangkok as its multiple award-winning executive chef. He served his apprenticeship at the Ritz London, and other highlights while working in the UK included cooking for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and winning the UK Commis Chef of the Year award. Back in his native Australia he played a prominent role at another award-winning restaurant, Room81. He’s also one of the winning challengers of Iron Chef Thailand competition.

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