Michelin star chef offers French specialties at Sofitel Saigon Plaza

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Olivier Restaurant of Sofitel Saigon Plaza is featuring one star Michelin chef Stéphane Carbone from September 21-24. Carbone is introducing authentic recipes originating from his restaurant, Incognito, in Caen, Normandy, France.

Carbone cooked for France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama in 2009 on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landings and the Liberation of France.

He started cooking with his grandmother while helping her during Sunday meals and does not describe himself as an exuberant chef. "I am not unpredictable or excessive, I want to offer a simple cuisine but I want it perfect. I set myself high standards. You will never find a lobster cooked with chocolate in my kitchen," he said.

Carbone's first restaurant, l'Ecailler, in Port-en-Bessin, was awarded a Michelin star in 2006. A year after its opening, Incognito, his signature restaurant in Caen, Normandy was also given a Michelin star. A single Michelin star is considered a rare achievement for a restaurant and winning such recognition is the life goal of many professional chefs.

During this first trip to Vietnam, Carbone will present a special menu at Olivier Restaurant with authentic and sophisticated French dishes such as millefeuille of duck foie gras, green asparagus risotto with truffle oil, and salmon with Mediterranean tapenade foam.

A three-course menu will be priced at VND620,000++ and a five-course magnifique set menu will be priced at VND1,200,000++. An exclusive selection of red and white wine will complete the culinary adventure.

Carbone will run a cooking class at Olivier Restaurant on Saturday, September 24.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza is located at 17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. For further information, call (08) 3 824 1555.

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