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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Welcomes New Culinary Director

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Welcomes New Culinary Director - TRAVELNEWSHUB.comSofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has appointed a new Director of Culinary, Remi Van Peteghem, who brings three decades of culinary experience including with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Van Peteghem is a member of the Association of Maîtres Cuisinier de France.

Van Peteghem arrives in Hanoi from Singapore, where he most recently served as Culinary Director and Assistant Vice President of food and beverage for Resorts World Sentosa, overseeing its overall culinary operations, including at Michelin-starred Table65.

Prior to that, he was Executive Chef at InterContinental Doha The City, Executive Chef at Royal Monceau Paris (home to the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio) and Executive Sous Chef at Peninsula New York. During his tenure at Peninsula Hong Kong, he oversaw the management of the historic and iconic French fine dining restaurant Gaddi’s for four years.

Other Michelin-starred restaurants Van Peteghem has worked with include Le Sensing (1 star), in his first position as Chef de Cuisine in 2011; Lasserre (2 stars); Pavillon Le Doyen (3 stars); L’Arpège (3 stars); Grand Véfour (3 stars); Il Cortile (1 star); Montparnasse 25 (1 star); and Carré des Feuillants (2 stars).

His culinary approach involves sourcing the highest-quality and freshest produce, both locally and imported, with a strong focus on seasonality, while he is very creative and open-minded in his creation of distinctive menus.

“Remi Van Peteghem’s extraordinary culinary and management talents are a perfect fit for Metropole Hanoi. Our renowned dining experiences are unparalleled across Vietnam, from our modern, award-winning French fine dining restaurant Le Beaulieu to authentic Vietnamese outlet Spice Garden and several other outlets,” said General Manager George Koumendakos.

Van Peteghem, a French national, joins Metropole Hanoi as the iconic, 123-year-old luxury hotel relaunches its historic Metropole Heritage Wing following an extensive and inspired renovation and restoration.

His arrival also follows that of a new Chef de Cuisine at Le Beaulieu, Charles Degrendele, who joined the hotel’s signature restaurant after its relaunch in 2022 following an extensive refurbishment that resulted in an elegant and sophisticated new design, alongside renowned French gastronomy and Hanoi’s most impressive selection of wines.

Stephane Prost, a French national, also recently joined Metropole Hanoi’s culinary team as Executive Pastry Chef. Prost, who specializes in fine chocolates and more, is a 30-year veteran of the culinary industry and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants at 5-star hotels, as well as in resorts, palaces and luxury pastry shops around the world.

For more information on Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi or to make a booking, please call 0243 826 6919 (ext. 8500)

A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.

The hotel includes 358 rooms that are divided into two wings – the historical Heritage Wing and the neo-classical Opera Wing. There are three legendary suites that are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham).

The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spice Garden offers elevated Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist; angelina is Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous afternoon high tea and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.

Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations with such notable hotels as the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan and Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,400 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

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