Immersive art deco dining experience Pink Pearl, the theatrical beachfront restaurant at Vietnam's JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, is set to become the stage for a mouthwatering culinary collaboration this month, as Chef de Cuisine Amine Ouameur Lakhdari teams up with two Michelin Star French pâtissiere Ophélie Bares to create a unique 'Two Chefs, Four Hands' dining menu.
Conceived by the resort's Master of Ceremonies designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the tale of Madame Pearl Collins, whose extravagant gastronomic soirees at this beachfront art deco mansion became the stuff of Phu Quoc legend. In this dramatic setting, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will bring together their unique talents to write a new chapter to Pink Pearl's decadent history, tantalising guests with an innovative one-off tasting menu. Celebrating the shared culinary heritage of Vietnam and France, specially created dishes will fuse the finest local and seasonal ingredients with unexpected applications of pastry techniques, and a delicate balancing of sweet, savoury and spice.
Chef Bares formerly trained at Chateau de Chantilly (two Michelin star) and Hotel Plaza Athénée (three Michelin stars) and was also awarded Best Pastry Chef by Le Chef Magazine. Extensively travelled, Chef Bares cites Asian culture as a huge influence, saying “I'm looking forward to discovering the daily life of the island, its inhabitants and habits, as well as the local produce.”
Chef Lakhdari, Chef de Cuisine of the resort's French fine-dining concept Pink Pearl, refreshes his menus every few months to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients using classic French methods. Working together, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will curate a collaborative fine dining menu of original dishes which fuse the best elements of their respective talents.
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Jade Dragon, under the leadership of Executive Chef Kelvin Au Yeung, received a coveted third Michelin star for the first time this year joining Macao's Robuchon au Dôme and The Eight as one of the world's most highly-ranked restaurants. Newly-minted Alain Ducasse at Morpheus achieved two-star recognition for its menu of original creations paired with some of Ducasse's most famous contemporary French dishes. The restaurant is now ranked as one of five two Michelin star restaurants in Macao alongside Feng Wei Ju, Golden Flower, Mizumi and The Tasting Room. A further eleven restaurants in Macao have maintained one Michelin star status for 2019.
The new Michelin Guide also showcases how Macao continues to excel for those travelling on a budget. Nine of Macao's restaurants were included in the Bib Gourmand selection for 2019 which highlights restaurants offering three courses for no more than 400MOP (approx. £40).
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