Impressions’ Chef Cyrille Soenen inducted as "Master Chef of France"
It’s one of the biggest honors for a French chef-and even bigger for a French chef in the Philippines.
Chef Cyrille with his certificate flanked by this year’s other inductees.
(SPOT.ph) After the inclusion of Antonio’s Fine Dining in the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant comes more prestige for the local restaurant industry. Chef Cyrille Soenen of Impressions Restaurant has been classified as Maîtres Cuisiniers de France or "Master Chef of France," a title given by an eponymous association to those who "preserve, advance and perpetuate the tradition of great French cuisine."
According to the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France website, their chefs are "often given the highest classification in restaurant guides, and are reguarly mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines." Not to be confused with the international television show, selection for this kind of Master Chef is a careful process that begins with the chef’s application. To qualify, applicants have to be 28 to 55 years old, of French citizenship, have at least 10 years of experience, and demonstrate technical expertise, among many other criteria.
The organization is over 60 years old, and, according to NPR.org, "one of the highest honors" for a French chef. Other international chefs who carry the title are Daniel Boulud of Daniel in New York; and culinary legends Alain Sailhac and Andre Soltner. Both were among the chefs who cooked a $30,000/couple charity dinner in 2010.
Chef Cyrille, who is currently the executive chef of fine-dining restaurant Impressions, hails from Paris, France. He also owns a slice of Paris in his San Juan hideaway, Brasserie CiÇou.
Impressions is at 3/F Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City; Brasserie CiÇou is at 57 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan City.