Egidio Latorraca of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been certified a "Master Chef of Italian Cuisine" by Academia Barilla of Parma, Italy.
The honor was bestowed last week on the chef of the hotel's Angelina restaurant and lounge, where he has worked since moving from Macao in October 2009.
The prestigious certificate is reserved for chefs who have distinguished themselves over the years by preserving and developing authentic Italian cuisine and professionalism around the world.
Born in Milan, Egidio Latorraca sharpened his culinary skills in his home town, Paris and elsewhere in Europe before heading East, first to Australia and then to Hong Kong and Macao.
Prior to the Academia Barilla certification, he won the "Hotels and Restaurants Services Specialist and Food and Beverage Executive" award from Istituto Amerigo Vespucci in Milan.