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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