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Cyrille Soenen

Chef Cyrille Soe¬≠nen, or Ci“™ou brings to The Bow Tie Duck a cel¬≠e¬≠bra¬≠tion of pas¬≠tries from his bak¬≠ery, KA Pastries. 

Chef Cyrille Soe¬≠nen, or Ci“™ou to his fam¬≠i¬≠ly and friends, was born in 1968 in Trem¬≠blay-en-France. Raised in a culi¬≠nary-lov¬≠ing house¬≠hold, he grew up on his grand¬≠par¬≠ents‚Äô cook¬≠ing, using the fresh¬≠est ingre¬≠di¬≠ents from their garden.

So, it‚Äôs no sur¬≠prise that a career in culi¬≠nary was the path he chose to take. He took on an appren¬≠tice¬≠ship at the pres¬≠ti¬≠gious Ritz Paris, and worked in some of Paris‚Äô best restau¬≠rants, includ¬≠ing the Miche¬≠lin-starred L‚ÄôEspadon at the Ritz Paris.

Hav¬≠ing mas¬≠tered clas¬≠sic French culi¬≠nary tra¬≠di¬≠tions, he moved to the Philip¬≠pines some 20 years ago, work¬≠ing as Exec¬≠u¬≠tive Head Chef for Inter¬≠con¬≠ti¬≠nen¬≠tal Mani¬≠la, and Impres¬≠sions at Resorts World Mani¬≠la. The lat¬≠ter of which won 2012‚Äôs Best Hotel Restau¬≠rant: Fine Dining.

At the same time, he opened Brasserie Ci“™ou, intro¬≠duc¬≠ing Fil¬≠ipinos to the most deli¬≠cious and most authen¬≠tic French food. He offered mag¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cent¬≠ly and per¬≠fect¬≠ly pre¬≠pared clas¬≠sic fare. Every¬≠thing he served was made with utmost care and love for food, some¬≠thing that shone with every plate. It‚Äôs no won¬≠der it won Best French Restau¬≠rant in 2012.

And it‚Äôs also no won¬≠der that he received the Mas¬≠ter Chef of France title in 2015. It‚Äôs the most pres¬≠ti¬≠gious award from the Maitres Cuisiniers de France, a more than 60-year-old soci¬≠ety of care¬≠ful¬≠ly cho¬≠sen French chefs that uphold the strong and cen¬≠turies-old tra¬≠di¬≠tions of clas¬≠sic French cook¬≠ing. Get¬≠ting induct¬≠ed is no light mat¬≠ter. Think of it as the Pulitzer Prize for French chefs. 

Chef Cyrille Soe­nen is prob­a­bly best known to many local­ly as the one who brought in the now well-loved Kouign Amann. This but­tery, flaky pas­try from Brit­tany was an instant hit to the food-lov­ing Fil­ipino audi­ence. In fact, its ini­tials make up the name for his online bak­ery, KA Pastries.

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