When France’s Michelin guide handed out its prestigious stars in February, only one restaurant – Les Crayères in Reims located in the picturesque Champagne region – was awarded a second star, within a year of its talented chef Philippe Mille winning his first.

Since that time, Mille has earned a second star, and now Australia has the chance to sample the fare of France’s ‘chef of the moment’ first-hand when he visits Sydney this September to promote all things fine, French and of course, Champagne. The Belle Époque dinner starts at 7.00pm on the 11th of September and is priced at $175 per person.

This special dinner is sponsored by Perrier-Jouet’s Belle Epoque, one of most elegant Champagnes, which was named after France’s ‘golden age’ in the late 19th century.

Given the location of his restaurant, it is no surprise that Mille’s dishes often contain nuances of champagne. It’s this element that will take centre stage when he headlines at the French Tourist Bureau’s Belle Époque dinner on Tuesday the 11th of September at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s Garden Court restaurant.

Assisted by Sofitel’s own French Executive Chef Boris Cuzon, Philippe Mille will present guests with a carefully prepared journey of gastronomy inspired by the Champagne domaine and Mille’s own experiences. Event sponsor Vittoria will complement with experience with a selection of continental coffees to conclude the evening.

Originally hailing from Sarthe, Mille describes his cuisine as “classical but adapted to the tastes of today”.

“I spent my weekends and holidays growing up in the countryside with my uncle and grandmother who were farmers,” he says. “I was lucky enough to be able to grow and sample food grown on their land and discover the scents of vegetables from the kitchen garden, the fragrance of fruit from the orchard and the flavour of farm-reared free-range chicken. This has allowed me to train my palate on what are the foundations of cuisine.”

Adding to his fine-French cooking credentials and Michelin-star credibility, 37-year old Philippe Mille was also famously appointed Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France), the highest award a French master craftsman can be granted by the French Government in late 2011.

His appearance at the Belle Époque dinner will be accompanied by the launch of a complementary art exhibition at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, inspired by Champagne and showcasing rare and imported vintage and contemporary prints, posters and photography in honour of the world’s most prestigious drink.

The exhibition will be on display to the public in Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s lobby and reception area from the 1st until the 30th of September. The exhibition will also be show at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins from the 12th of September until the 8th of October. Entry to the exhibition at both hotels is free.

Rates to stay at the Sofitel in September start from $245 per room, per night. To make an enquiry or reservation, please call Sofitel’s restaurant reservations team on (02) 9228 9179 or visit



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