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Jul 18, 2023
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Culinary Powerhouses Unite: Hyatt Regency Danang’s Executive Chef Joins Forces With Acclaimed Celebrity Cuisiniers

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa has unveiled Vive Océane, a chic beachfront venue that will revolutionize Danang’s dining scene as the city’s first and only beach club restaurant.
Culinary Powerhouses Unite: Hyatt Regency Danang’s Executive Chef Joins Forces With Acclaimed Celebrity Cuisiniers

Five esteemed chefs joined forces with Executive Chef Pierre Tavernier to create an unforgettable culinary experience. | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa has unveiled Vive Océane, a chic beachfront venue set to revolutionize Danang’s dining scene. As the city’s first and only beach club restaurant, Vive Océane promises an unforgettable experience. Led by Executive Chef Pierre Tavernier, known for his culinary expertise in leading establishments across Europe and Asia, the venue offers a tantalizing blend of French-Mediterranean and Vietnamese cuisine.

Vive Océane caters to diverse occasions, with cozy seating options for daytime relaxation and an energizing atmosphere for lively evenings. Designed by Kingsmen, the vibrant venue features show kitchens, an elegant indoor restaurant, alfresco decks, and cabanas. Whether it’s a family gathering, a romantic dinner, or a beachside event, Vive Océane sets the perfect stage. Live music and signature cocktails add to the ambiance, making it a versatile and captivating destination.

Outdoor events find an inviting home at Vive Océane, with beachside cocktail evenings, private parties, team dinners, and wedding receptions. Chef Pierre’s world-class catering elevates the experience, ensuring a memorable and exquisite event. The venue is part of a comprehensive upgrade program at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, which also includes the rebranded Osteria Al Mare and the refurbished Terrasse.

Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Nestled on Vietnam’s central coast, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa is a five-star family retreat with luxurious accommodations, outdoor pools, a fitness center, a spa, and a range of dining options. The recent enhancements reveal an expanded kids’ club, rejuvenated villas, and a new art gallery.

“We are thrilled to unveil Vive Océane, Danang’s first and only beach club, destined to be a hot new destination for hotel guests and visitors alike,” expresses Adrian Pulido, the General Manager of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa. “At Hyatt Regency Danang, our mission is to curate immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences for guests of all ages. This stunning beachfront venue will host relaxing daytime drinks, unforgettable evening meals, indulgent brunches, and rewarding events, ushering in an exciting new era of social gastronomy on Vietnam’s central coast.”

Guided by the creative genius of Chef Pierre, the inaugural “ROSÉ Brunch” at Vive Océane blossomed into a remarkable tribute to culinary artistry. This extraordinary event united the talents of five exceptional chefs, all revered members of the Escoffier Society - Matteo Fontana, Sakal Phoeung, Võ Thành Vương, Benoit Leloup, and Olivier Corti - as they conjured unforgettable dining experiences “à la minute.” Their innovative and original dishes, a testament to their immense talent, left guests enchanted and inspired by their culinary prowess.

Olivier Corti - Le Comptoir, Da Nang

Chef Olivier Corti | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Among the culinary elite of Da Nang, none shine brighter than the esteemed Chef Olivier Corti. With a storied history that includes stints in some of France and Hong Kong’s most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef Corti’s culinary prowess knows no bounds. Driven by a passion for French cuisine and an unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, he embarked on a journey to bring his exceptional vision to Vietnam.

In August 2018, the culinary world changed with the opening of Le Comptoir, the brainchild of Chef Olivier Corti. This opulent restaurant is a veritable paradise for those seeking an authentic and refined gastronomic experience. The culinary team spares no effort in their quest for perfection, sourcing only the finest ingredients from around the world to create dishes rich in flavor and steeped in tradition.

Matteo Fontana - Da Vittorio, HCMC

Chef Matteo Fontana | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Chef Matteo Fontana’s culinary journey has been extraordinary, garnering invaluable experience working alongside some of Italy’s most esteemed Michelin-starred chefs. A graduate of Milan’s renowned Institute Carlo Porta, Chef Fontana’s career trajectory soared to new heights when given the opportunity to train under culinary legends such as Ciccio Sultano at the prestigious ‘Duomo’ restaurant in Ragusa Ibla, followed by Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani at the revered ’Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia’ in Milan.

With an unwavering commitment to perfection and acute attention to detail, Chef Fontana, along with his expert team under the guidance of Chicco and Bobo Cerea, has elevated Italian cuisine to new heights at their eponymous restaurant. Drawing inspiration from the signature dishes of the revered “Da Vittorio” establishment, each dish is a masterpiece of flavor, crafted using only the finest imported and locally-sourced ingredients. The menu is a tour-de-force of modern culinary techniques that celebrate Italy’s rich culinary heritage, emphasizing classic dishes that evoke the warmth and comfort of a traditional Italian family setting. From fresh seafood to imported truffles to homemade pasta, these exquisite ingredients create an explosive symphony of flavors that dazzles the senses and leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

Sakal Phoeung - P’ti Saigon - Le Corto, HCMC

Chef Sakal Phoeung (holding the mic) with Chef Võ Thành Vương | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Chef Sakal Phoeung is a culinary luminary with a distinguished career spanning over 25 years in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and upscale restaurants. His boundless enthusiasm, innate generosity, and unwavering work ethic have been instrumental in building a superlative culinary team that is uncompromising in its pursuit of perfection. As the proprietor and master chef of his restaurants, Le Corto and P’ti Saigon, Sakal continues to share his vast knowledge and culinary passion by consulting on new culinary projects. Throughout his illustrious career, Sakal has had the honor of cooking for numerous state visits, including a memorable dinner for none other than the President of France, François Hollande.

As the esteemed President of les Disciples d’Escoffier Vietnam, Sakal’s humble demeanor has brought together members of the culinary community and inspired other chefs and gastronomes to join this prestigious organization. His dynamic leadership and unwavering determination have strengthened relationships among members and infused them with newfound energy to conceptualize novel events that foster the sharing of culinary expertise and experiences.

Võ Thành Vương - CoCo Dining, HCMC

Chef Võ Thành Vương | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

At the helm of Coco Saigon, one is likely to find the inimitable Chef Võ Thành Vương, whose edgy tattoos belie his passion for the culinary arts. With a decade of distinguished career, Chef Vương has earned a reputation as one of the most talented chefs in the industry, culminating in his crowning as Top Chef Vietnam in 2019. Drawing from his wealth of experience, Chef Vuong infuses his dishes with a creative flair unmatched in its boldness and innovation. His culinary creations blend the traditional flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with cutting-edge modern techniques and the art of fermentation, resulting in a contemporary cuisine that is as unique as it is unforgettable. Experience the magic of Chef Vo Thanh Vuong’s culinary prowess with a dinner at Coco Saigon.

Benoit Leloup - Clay - Brix - Tinto, HCMC

Chef Benoit Leloup | Source: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

Hailing from a rich cultural heritage that spans from France to Cambodia and, of course, Vietnam, Chef Benoit Leloup has honed his craft in some of the prestigious 5-star hotels around the world, such as the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon, Intercontinental Hotel Nha Trang, and Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

With a passion for melding the flavors of the East and West, Leloup brings his imaginative yet skillful interpretations to his culinary creations at THE BRIX, a true homage to his cultural roots and inspired by his travels and endless exploration of new spices and seasonings, local ingredients, and culinary techniques in Asia. This culinary virtuoso has unveiled a tantalizing tasting menu that showcases a fusion of new dishes and traditional favorites, reflecting THE BRIX’s unwavering commitment to providing discerning customers with an unforgettable dining experience.