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Charity fundraiser held in HCMC for Newborns Vietnam
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Charity fundraiser held in HCMC for Newborns Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

Michelin-starred chefs André Chiang and Jacques Pourcel talk to guests at the charity dinner party - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - A charity dinner party was held at French restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in District 3 of HCMC on August 29 and 30 to raise funds for Newborns Vietnam, a charity organization that funds research on neonatal mortality in the country.

The dinner showcased the talents of two famous Michelin-starred chefs, André Chiang and Jacques Pourcel.

André Chiang, a Taiwanese chef and owner of many world-famous restaurants, is known for his “Octaphilosophy” of eight elements in his dishes: purity, salt, artisanal, southern, texture, uniqueness, memory and terroir. Previously, he worked as the head chef of the three Michelin starred restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in France, where his cooking style was influenced by Jacques Pourcel. In 2017, his two Michelin starred eponymous Restaurant André was named the Best Restaurant in Singapore and the second-best in Asia by Restaurant Magazine.

Jacques Pourcel, owner of the Pourcel Châteaux Group, is a grand chef whose cuisine draws on both the land and the sea, with flavors inspired by the Mediterranean influence of the south of France where he was born. With the concept of delicate, seasonal, homemade fare served in an elegant, exclusive setting, he and his twin brother Laurent Pourcel successfully opened the prestigious restaurant chain Le Jardin des Sens in Shanghai, Casablanca, Paris, Marrakech, Montpellier and, recently, HCMC.

The encounter between the two Michelin-starred chefs at Le Jardin des Sens in HCMC made the charity dinner an exceptional event in celebration of food, featuring eight unique dishes in an exclusive environment.

All proceeds from the dinner will go to the Edrington Charity Riders fund to support Newborns Vietnam. Every year, Edrington employees from across the globe have joined forces to raise money for charitable causes through pedal power.

In 2015, 17 riders cycled for 400 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and raised S$120,000 for local institute Child at Street 11. In 2016, the second charity drive raised S$225,318 for the Kaohsiung Autism Foundation, with 50 cyclists riding 500 kilometers from Taipei to Kaohsiung. This year, over 50 cyclists will tackle the 611-kilometer journey across Vietnam from Nha Trang to Danang, raising money for Newborns Vietnam, with the goal of reducing neonatal mortality and promoting the health of newborn children and their mothers in South East Asia, with a specific focus on Vietnam.

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