Three-star French masters in town to cook up a storm

The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok's award-winning French restaurant, Le Normandie, has invited Regis and Jacques Marcon, a father-and-son team of chefs from the remote Haute-Loire region of south-central France, to present a selection of their gourmet creations for lunch and dinner at the hotel between Jan 13 and 18.

Three-star Michelin chefs Regis and Jacques Marcon.

The winners of numerous prestigious culinary awards including no less than three Michelin stars _ bestowed in 1990, 1997 and 2005 _ the Marcons are based at Hotel Restaurant Regis et Jacques Marcon.

Located in the small village of St-Bonnet-le-Froid, this establishment has been a member since 1997 of Grand Chefs Relais et Chateaux, a network of luxury boutique hotels, inns and gourmet restaurants.

The family now run a total of two hotels, two restaurants and a boutique and the Marcons are well known for gastronomic creations which make full use of nature's diversity, specialising in seasonal ingredients like herbs, mushrooms and other wild vegetables.

"We want meals at the restaurant to be a real celebration, with recipes that reflect the surrounding countryside, our personalities, our traditions and, above all, mushrooms _ which have symbolised the restaurant over the years," said Regis.

At Le Normandie, the pair will be offering a five-course set menu for lunch (4,500 baht per head) featuring mushroom soup, Puy lentils and wild prawns, brill with endives and Maltaise sauce, truffled pigeon, green cabbage, foie gras and grapes, and dessert with herbs, raspberry sable{aac} and agastache. For dinner guests, father and son will be preparing a seven-course set menu (8,300 baht per head) consisting of mushroom soup, fried roasted langoustines, Parmesan sable{aac}, pickled garden vegetables and cauliflower puree, French green asparagus with black morels and porchini sabayon, crumbed monkfish with mushrooms, couci couca of lamb with porcini praline, a selection of young and matured French farmhouse cheese by Phillipe Olivier, and pre-dessert with herbs and morel mushrooms, pears, and banana.

An exclusive, seven-course wine-dinner menu will also be created by the Marcons for guests on Saturday, Jan 18.

On offer will be mushroom soup, foie gras, red-wine jelly and morello chutney, green asparagus with black morels and porchini sabayon, citron-scented red mullet, ragout of coco beans and country sausage, milk-fed French veal with mushrooms and sage, a selection of young and matured French farmhouse cheese Phillipe Olivier and pre-dessert with herbs and chocolate and verbena. The various courses will be paired with exquisite French wines and the asking price for this gourmet experience is 11,800 baht.

To book a table, call 02-659-9000 (ext Le Normandie) or email Early reservations are strongly recommended.

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