Robert Carmack, an American residing in Sydney, is a highly acclaimed television food stylist and writer. Carmack has worked closely with James Beard in New York and Anne Willan in Paris, and on Time-Life's celebrated The Good Cook series. Didier Corlou is the Executive chef at Hanoi's prestigious heritage hotel, The Sofitel Metropole. He received the National Order of Merit from French President Jacques Chirac in 1996 for his contribution to French and Vietnamese cultures. Nguyen Thanh Van is a skilled sous chef working under Didier Corlou in The Sofitel Metropole hotel.