"Star' French chef comes to Saigon

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French food lovers be warned, honored chef Guillaume Bracaval will be working on a special menu for the Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1.

Bracaval was recently awarded One Michelin Star from the famed Michelin guide, France's most esteemed epicurean authority.

"We really feel honored that we can welcome a one-Michelin-star chef who is young, talented and creative like the chef Bracaval," said Philippe Godard, the hotel's general manager. "The chef uses his technique and taste in order to produce traditional French delicacies with a modern twist."

Bracaval will create a special menu for the hotel's L'Olivier Restaurant that will conclude on Saturday, March 5.

Godard's menu includes tuna ceviche, a quinoa tart, and raspberry mille-feuille.

One-Michelin-star chef

Born in the city of Lesquin in Nord Pas-de-Calais in northern France, Bracaval claims he inherited his love of food from his mother.

Olivier Restaurant, Level 2
Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel
17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1
Tel: (08) 3 824 1555

His passion was bolstered by the influence of his uncle, who owned one of the most well-known bakeries in the town.

Bracaval spent years climbing the ladder in France's notoriously competitive kitchens.

He began his career as an apprentice of Chef Bertrand

Grebaut, the head chef at the esteemed Crillon Palace Hotel in Paris who is renowned for his strict discipline. As his studies progressed, Bracaval went on to become sous chef at l'Ambroisie.

Since 2009, he started his own career at Agape Restaurant, which soon became heralded as the most prestigious establishment in Paris' 17th arrondissement.

It was here that Bracaval enjoyed the honor of receiving his first Michelin star an honor that connotes a restaurant or pub which serves fine food at a reasonable price.

Three options

The special menu has been divided into three options. For VND500,000++ per person, customers can indulge in the three-course "Emotion" set menu.

VND1,1 00,000+ + gets diners into the five-course "Magnifique" set menu. VND350,000++ buys diners access to a special "À la carte" menu.

Bracaval has already pre-selected appropriate wine pairings for each of these selections.

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