Executive Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne
Hailing from Bordeaux, Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne began her culinary journey at the one-star Michelin restaurant Campagne et Gourmandises in Biarritz, France. She had a series of progressive positions at the Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barthelemy as the Executive Sous Chef; Jolie Restaurant in New York as Executive Chef; and returned to Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barthelemy where she became the Executive Chef. Degenne took a break from the hotel industry in 2014 to participate in Top Chef France Season 5, where she made it to the top six. Since then, she has worked with culinary legends such as Jean-George Vongerichten and cooked for the likes of Serena Williams, Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Bono from U2, and the iconic Mick Jagger to name a few.
She then moved on to open several successful restaurants for AccorHotels such as the re-opening of Spiral at Sofitel Plaza Manila; opening of Xperience Restaurant at Sofitel So Singapore; and was appointed the Head Chef at the MGallery Hotel Des Arts Saigon in Vietnam, where she was responsible for opening all the hotel’s dining destinations. Her incredible work helped Hotel des Arts win the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards, in the Luxury Business Hotel for Asia. With an impressive track record, Anne-Cécile Degenne continued on for another year in Vietnam before joining the Raffles and Fairmont Makati, where she is the lead culinary expert, taking the helm of the hotel’s team of master chefs. She is also considered as the first female executive chef of a luxury property in the Philippines.