Thibaut Pouplard Debuts as Chef De Cuisine of Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
Thibaut Pouplard has been appointed chef de cuisine of the Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang. Taking over the reins of a pioneering gastronomic institution in the region, he brings along with him flair, diversity and culinary excellence. These qualities have enabled him to make a positive impression at every establishment he had served.
Chef Pouplard is known for his unique blend of artistic panache, strong business sense and engaging personality. His achievements include recreating and upgrading menus, in addition to being equally adept at restructuring food and beverage outlets, cost and process analysis and the ability to breathe new life into dining outlets in terms of concepts.
Chef Pouplard’s earliest influence was his grandmother, Andree, who kindled his interest in fine cuisine during his formative years at the Loire Valley region in France. That passion for fine cuisine sparked in him at a young age has taken him to properties ranging from five-star hotels and resorts to prestigious dining restaurants. These include stints at InterContinental Hotels in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Michelin-starred UNICO by Mauro Colagreco in Shanghai, China
Chef Pouplard believes in putting his own spin to cuisines that elevate gastronomic standards further. He has previously described his style as “New creative cuisine, French traditional food with a touch of modernity and creativity”, a tribute to and an embodiment of his origins and extensive culinary travels.
Feringgi Grill at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang offers many opportunities for experimenting and incorporating an array of local spices, citrus, fruits, vegetables from Cameron, Genting Highland or even other provinces, fresh fish and seafood from local fishermen and the fine taste of Sarawak pepper to create a melting pot of flavours that will surely delight new diners, regulars and connoisseurs alike.
“As an award-winning acclaimed chef, it is fitting indeed for Chef Pouplard to inject his creative culinary interpretations to the award-winning Feringgi Grill. His culinary style of Western and Eastern influences is all set to lend a new twist to the dinning excellence associated with the Feringgi Grill,” said the resort’s general manager, Elaine Yue.
First opened in 1973, Feringgi Grill is today a destination of choice for dignitaries, celebrities, corporate leaders, couples and those celebrating special occasions. Apart from Chef Pouplard’s new innovative menus, Feringgi Grill retains its signature classic dishes, such as Caesar Salad in homage to Caesar Cardini, Heirloom Tomato Soup, Beef Chateaubriand, Slow-Cooked Angus Prime Rib Beef on weekends and the traditional Crepe Suzette, which was created accidentally by Henri Charpentier in Monte Carlo in 1895 for the prince of Wales and future king of Britain. These classic dishes are prepared tableside with flair and flamboyance and are best paired with wine from a vast selection of premier vintages in the restaurant’s wine cellar.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages over 95 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 39,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka