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Michelin Star Chef Philippe Girardon explores food’s innate flavours at Topaz Restaurant

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Thursday October 18th, 2018 Topaz Restaurant welcomes Michelin Star Chef Philippe Girardon*. Starting at 6:00 PM, he will serve a specially designed menu for Phnom Penh’s fine dining lovers. It includes, among other dishes, Rock Crab cannelloni with Hass avocado mousse and an inspiration from Greek mythology, “Le Jardin des Hespérides”, an arrangement of yellow lemon varieties, almond crumble and
hibiscus coulis.

Chef Girardon* began his career in legendary kitchens such as La Pyramide (established by Fernand Point, the grandfather of modern French cuisine), the The Waterside Inn, in Bray, England, established by Michel and Albert Roux, and l’Oasis, founded by Louis Outhier, one of the most highly decorated chefs of his time. His cuisine is described as refined and simple, generous and honest — like the man himself. It focuses on the authentic and innate flavours of his ingredients. He prefers to use locally‐sourced, fresh and seasonal produce from his region in southeastern France.

He wants his guests to feel the “soul” of the products. To maintain the integrity of his dishes, Topaz will be providing him with market‐fresh local ingredients alongside those flown in directly from France for this event. As a Meilleur Ouvrier de France winner, Chef Girardon* is expected to contribute to the growth of his profession by guiding the next generation. During his stay in Cambodia, he will fulfill this responsibility by providing training to Topaz Restaurant kitchen staff; imparting knowledge he’s gained over his illustrious career on food preparation and
plating technique to Topaz Restaurant’s young Khmer staff.


  • Winner 0f the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) or « Best Craftsman
    in France » in 1997, one of the highest honours a French Chef can be awarded
  • Proprietor of the Domaine de Clairefontaine, a beautiful mansion hotel and 1
    Michelin Star gastronomic restaurant that was once a getaway for Lyon’s
    clergymen in the 17th century.
  • Chef at the restaurant of Le Cottage de Clairefontaine, a few metres from
    Domaine de Clairefontaine, awarded 1 star Michelin’s Bib Gourmand in 2018. Bib
    Gourmand is an honour that highlights restaurants that serve high‐quality food
    at a reasonable price.

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