SO Sofitel Bangkok is hosting its 7th annual culinary extravaganza from Friday, 14th to Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Together with nine AccorHotels chefs, a new league of 21 culturally-diverse chefs will be offering specially curated culinary activities, including cooking classes, a Sunday Drunch, Cheese@SO, Oyster Night, Dim Sum Pop-Up Dinner, Cheese & Grill Pop-Up Dinner, and a Mixologist Night featuring world class Diageo bartenders.

Culinary classes offer foodies a chance to learn the art of pastry, spices, and chocolate directly from their respective masters. As with every year, the culinary event culminates with a Culinary Showdown, a friendly competition in which all chefs compete against one another.

Torsten Richter, General Manager of SO Sofitel Bangkok, noted: “What started as a gathering of 12 chefs eight years ago has since grown into an annual gastronomy showcase of 21 of the finest chefs from eight countries and three continents around the world. In recent years Bangkok has really started making a name for itself as a fine dining destination, and I cannot be more proud of the role SO Sofitel Bangkok has played in this city’s evolution.”

With the total of 30 chefs from all around the world, this year’s 10-day culinary celebration offers diverse flairs and cultural delights.

New faces this year include James Noble, former chef of The Pink Geranium in the UK and founder of The Boutique Farmers in Hua Hin, Thailand; Mario Barrios, former pâtissier of Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Simon Scott, chef-owner of Bistrot Saveurs in Castres, France; Rob van der Veeken, chef of De Karpendonkse Hoeve in Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Guy Lassausaie, chef-owner of Restaurant Guy Lassausaie in Lyon, France; Bastian Falkenroth, chef-owner of U. das Restaurant in Düsseldorf, Germany; Philippe Orrico, chef-owner of Upper Modern Bistro and On Dining Kitchen; Lounge, both in Hong Kong. Proudly representing the host venue is Thomas Smith, Head Culinary Designer at SO Sofitel Bangkok.

Moreover, SO Amazing Chefs 2018 also welcomes its first mother-daughter chef duo: Maria Jose San Roman, the chef-owner of Monastrell in Alicante, Spain; and Maria Eugenia Perramon San Roman, director at family tapas bar La Taberna del Gourmet in Alicante, Spain.

Familiar returning faces are Jacques Cocollos, owner of a French oyster farm and renowned exporter of top quality oysters to Asia; Paul Liebrandt, chef-owner of Corton in New York; Nicolas Isnard, chef-owner of L’Auberge de la Charme in Prenois, France; Patrice & Phillipe Marchand, co-owners of one of the oldest family-run dairy producers in Nancy, France, specializing in cheese; Stéphane Bonnat of Bonnat Chocolatier, the oldest chocolatier in the world; Didier Corlou, prolific culinary personality and master of spices; and Leonard Elenbaas, demonstration chef of Big Green Egg charcoal barbecue cooker in Europe. Bruno Dinel, maître boulanger-owner of Bib Gourmand recipient Le Bistrot du Boulanger in Strasbourg, France, also makes a comeback following his participation in the SO Amazing Chefs 2016 program.