French mas­ter chef teaches KOTO stu­dents

World-class cook is vis­it­ing the cap­i­tal city to in­tro­duce his lat­est culi­nary cre­ations

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HAØ NOÄI — Alain Du­tournier, one of the top chefs in France, held a spe­cial work­shop on Thurs­day with stu­dents from the KOTO school in the name of char­ity in Haø Noäi.

The chef is vis­it­ing the city from Novem­ber 1st to 5th to in­tro­duce his lat­est culi­nary cre­ations for a spe­cial week of the Fes­ti­val of Fla­vors.

Du­tournier, who was born and raised in the culi­nary cra­dle of south­west France, shared his ex­pe­ri­ence of be­com­ing a twostarred Miche­lin chef with the as­pir­ing young chefs of KOTO.

He talked with the stu­dents and en­cour­aged them to fol­low their dreams and use their strug­gles and poor back­ground as a strength to be­come suc­cess­ful.

Coming from a mid­dle class back­ground as well, chef Du­tournier said he could re­late with the young stu­dents who are coming from poor back­grounds.

The chef talked about Viet­namese food with the stu­dents and en­cour­aged them to ex­plore their own re­gions and cul­ture to find their in­spi­ra­tion.

In Vieät Nam, along with phôû,

there are many oth­ers things to ex­plore, he said.

“To be­come suc­cess­ful you need to travel and ex­plore the world,” said Du­tournier.

The two-starred Miche­lin chef also shared his point of view about fu­sion food. Only af­ter 40 years was he able to mix ingredients from for­eign coun­tries, such as mix­ing Viet­namese gin­ger into a spe­cial sur­prise ice cream mix of mango, gin­ger and saf­fron.

“It’s only when you per­fectly know the ingredients you are work­ing with that you can start match­ing them with ingredients from your own coun­try,” said the chef. “It is not about fu­sion and try­ing to mix two types of cui­sine but rather about know­ing what could be the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for your dish.”

KOTO stu­dents were im­pressed with the demon­stra­tion of the Salade Ni­coise, a typ­i­cal French dish cur­rently in the lunch menu for the Fes­ti­val of Fla­vors week.

Chef Du­tournier hoped his visit would help the stu­dents look forward to a bright fu­ture with con­fi­dence. — VNS

Fa­mous foodie: Alain Du­tournier with KOTO stu­dents at a work­shop on Thurs­day at Press Club Haø Noäi. — Photos courtesy of the Press Club Haø Noäi.

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