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Renown Chef Luke Nguyen & Acclaimed Fashion Designer Betty Tran Shaping Vietnam’s Future With Food & Fashion

The most fashionable event of the season will take place at The Reverie Saigon’s Café Cardinal when it hosts the ‘Lifestyle Afternoon Tea’ on Saturday, July 11.

The event is a collaboration with internationally renowned fashion designer Betty Tran and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, featuring a fashion parade of two of Betty’s design protégés and Luke’s specially crafted menu.

Models will descend the grand staircase from the 8th floor of The Reverie Saigon into Café Cardinal wearing the creations of Artisoul The Label and Gen C Studios from their debut collections.

Led by designer Khoi Nguyen, Artisoul The Label specialises in men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion, footwear, accessories and denim, while Gen C Studios is headed up by designer MT Nguyen (Tuan Nguyen), who creates men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion and accessories.

Meanwhile, Chef Luke has created a special afternoon tea set drawing inspiration from Vietnamese flavours and ingredients presented in an exquisitely refined manner.

The savoury and sweet items include such delights as foie gras crispy spring roll, king crab and Iberico pork banh khot, pandan marshmallows and Vietnamese coffee cheesecake.

Luke’s incredible afternoon tea menu will be available at Café Cardinal for two months.

Mr. James Young, Vice President Resources Planning and Development of WMC Group, which operates The Reverie Saigon, hailed the event as a celebration of the innate creativity and style that exists in Vietnam.

“This will be an occasion for all those who love the finer things in life, exemplified by these wonderful fashion and food creations,” he said.

The event on 11 July will commence at 3pm with the serving of afternoon tea, followed an hour later by the fashion show. Guests can also tour Designer Lounge exhibition and meet the designers from 4:30pm on the 8th floor.

As the one and only member property of The Leading Hotels of the World in all of Vietnam, The Reverie Saigon offers an astonishing hotel experience, showcasing extravagant, unapologetic European opulence in a storied Asian setting.

The hotel features 286 rooms and suites alongside 89 residential-style suites, all of which are among the largest in the city and feature incomparable views of the winding Saigon River and the city skyline.

About Betty Tran and Betty Tran Consultants

Betty Tran is a fashion, retail and lifestyle consultant. Betty has had over 15 years of experience and has evolved in all facets of the fashion industry from being a sale consultant in the early days of her career to launching her own global fashion brand as a fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Migrating to Australia from Vietnam at the age of fourteen, Betty’s love of fashion was born helping her mother, a talented seamstress, manufacture garments for numerous international and Australian fashion labels.

Betty Tran is founder and CEO of Betty Tran Consultants – a full-service corporate strategy and creative practice, specialising in Fashion & Lifestyle, Retail, Real Estate and Technology.

They partner with leaders and organisations to create products and programs that shape the intersections between brand and consumer to company and investor.

Betty Tran Consultants help leaders transform their companies into sustainable and successful companies that make a difference.

About Luke Nguyen

With an endless series of accomplishments under his belt, Australia-born Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has made quite the name for himself over his culinary career.

At only 23, Luke realised his dreams by opening his first restaurant, the critically acclaimed Red Lantern in 2002. Luke is also the man behind the much-loved Fat Noodle, an Asian noodle bar concept at The Star in Pyrmont Sydney as well as in Brisbane.

Luke is the author of four bestselling and award-winning cookbooks, Secrets of the Red Lantern, the Songs of Sapa, Indochine and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong.

Luke was inducted into the Sydney Morning Herald’s Food Hall of Fame for his cooking and travel programs, Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong which is televised in 150 countries.

He is judge and host for the first series of MasterChef Vietnam, 2013, and has appeared in Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape, MasterChef Australia and Destination Flavour.

Luke has currently led WMC Group’s flagship restaurant, Vietnam House –the contemporary Vietnamese fine dining restaurant.

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