Master Class with Chef Jerome Laurent

Sofitel Saigon Plaza - Ingredients

One of my favorite food memories was at a tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe in the Latin Quarter in Paris as a teenager. It wasn’t just that the food was much more refined than what I was used to – it was the whole ambience of being in a foreign country and tasting strange new flavors. While I’ve been able to get back to France a number of times since then, the memory of that meal, one of my first experiences with French cuisine ever, is as comforting to me as a warm blanket on a winter’s day. With the proverb “If Mohammed can’t get to the mountain then the mountain must come to Mohammed” in mind, I jumped at the opportunity when  Oi Vietnam was invited to a mini-master class with Michelin-star Chef Jerome Laurent, owner of the restaurant Cilantro in Arles, France.

Chef Jerome LaurentOn this, his first visit to Vietnam, Chef Jerome brings his take on clean French and Mediterranean flavors to the Saigon Sofitel Plaza this week. With previous visits to the Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi, the Mandarin Oriental in Jakarta and the Swissotel in Moscow, Chef Jerome describes Vietnam as “somewhere in the middle of laid back Phnom Penh and crazy Jakarta. Saigon is just electric. There’s more of everything – traffic, new buildings… It’s a city of the future.”

Chef Jerome’s food philosophy is to let the flavors shine through. “People say my food is almost feminine. I don’t use too much oil or cream. I want to keep it light. People can come in for lunch and then go back to work without feeling heavy.”

pan-fried fois gras with porcini mushrooms and pear marmalade

For our class, Chef Jerome demonstrates, a heavenly combination of the saltiness of the goose liver, the sweetness of the pear, the acidity of the balsamic chicken jus reduction to cut through the fattiness and the soft texture of the buttery porcini marmalade.


The second dish had visual wow factor. Chef Jerome meticulously placed tiny discs of potato over red mullet fillets, replicating the look of scales. Pan-fried and placed over a bed of sautéed arugula, the dish was finished off with a bouillabaisse sauce. This dish was lovely with the red of the grilled peppers and the green of the arugula. But don’t let the colors fool you. “Many of my dishes are ungarnished because they don’t need it. I’m not going to put a piece of tomato on just for color. Every component has to make sense.”

Potato Encrusted Mullet

L’Olivier Restaurant, everyday from 19 to 23 March 2013 with dishes such as “White asparagus Vichyssoise”, “Coco Tarbais beans, scallops in a lemongrass and combava bouillon”, “Red mullet coated with potato scales and a bouillabaisse reduction” ,“Lamb a la Provencal, Thyme roasted braised shoulder of tenderloin, seasonal vegetables and soft potatoes” , “Pigeon in cocoa sauce” and “Peanut-chocolate mille-feuille served with a sweet pepper ice cream”.

Olivier Restaurant - Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Business Lunch menu exclusive at VND 680,000

Special A la Carte and Gourmet Menu at VND 1,420,000

Cooking class starting at 10:30 am on Saturday 23 March at VND 680,000 per person including lunch

Contact: [email protected] / tel: 08 3824 1555

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

7 Different things You Can Pair with Your Coffee

Coffee is a must-have drink for most people. But having it plain with no side snack or dish can affect your stomach lining. Fortunately, you can pair coffee with all kinds of food, from spicy dishes to pastries. Also, you can use different healthy oils, such as MCT oil, and gain all the benefits of MCT

Read More »

Eat Your Way Through Hong Kong in a Day

Taste Hong Kong: One-day journey through culinary diversity Want to eat like a Hong Konger? Hong Kong is one of the world’s great food cities and its cuisine is world-renowned for being incredibly rich, influenced by Cantonese, European, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian flavors. There’s literally something for everyone, at any time of day. Morning

Read More »

Make Ordering Cake Online A Good Experience In 5 Easy Steps

Introduction A party without cake is incomplete. Cakes are the highlight of every big and small event. Be it a birthday, wedding anniversary, annual day, cakes make the celebration elegant and delightful. Since there are varieties of cakes available, you will find a cake for every occasion. Do you want to buy cake online? With

Read More »

Buy caviar online at affordable fixed rates from Caspian Monarque.

Caspian Monarque is the best online store where we can buy caviar at affordable fixed rates. Caviar is fish eggs that are found in the Caspian Sea. Here we find fishes like salmon, steelhead, trout, lumpfish, and whitefish. They vary in shapes, sizes, colors, and physical features. However, their eggs are small and almost similar. They differ

Read More »

Drink, Lounge, Be Merry

By Marco Bouwer There’s a classy new meetup venue in town, a 1920’s lounge bar with plush leather couches, swingy jazz tunes played from a gramophone player, and a wonderfully reserved atmosphere. Tucked in the welcoming bottom floor of the popular House of Barbaard, Saigon’s exclusive barbershop for gentlemen, is the Ministry of Men lounge

Read More »