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Exceptional Gastronomic Week with Chef Yuan at Shang Palace

Michelin starred Chef Samuel Lee is happy to welcome exclusively, and for the first time in France, the internationally renowned uncontested expert of Peking Duck: Chef Yuan Chao Ying.


With over thirty years of experience and with Kerry Hotel, Beijing since 2011, Chef Yuan is recognized to be a true master in the art of Peking Duck and has developed his own adaptation of the dish: the Ya Yuan Roast Duck.


Existing since the South-Song Dynasty, the Ya Yuan Roast Duck dish was originally named Zhiya. By the Ming Dynasty, it featured as one of the main dishes on imperial court menus.


Ya Yuan Roast Duck adopts the use of jujube wood for duck roasting, a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. While heated, the wood gives off clear and scented smoke that envelops the entire duck; the heat from the strong fire radiates to the top of the custom‑made oven and then reflects back to the duck.  The fire hole is blocked by three red bricks to provide a fair and even roasting procedure.  After 70 minutes, the finished duck is delicately sliced into breast, leg and head portions ready to be served separately.  The head is cleaved from the middle, topped by two fillets.  From the head to the leg, the entire duck is presented to the guests. The finished duck is thin, crispy and tender with a fine claret colour.


At Shang Palace, Chef Yuan will adapt his technique to the restaurant’s kitchen all while offering guests a deliciously crispy melt-in-the-mouth experience, accompanied by pancakes and buns, traditional condiments and the Horizon home-made duck sauce.


Containing protein, natural fat, carbohydrate, calcium, iron and vitamin B, duck meat is very nutritious, and is a popular choice for those who wish to eat a healthy food.


Enjoy an incredible gastronomic experience from 23rd June to 3rd July at Shang Palace!


The Ya Yuan Roast Duck : three services, price of 160€ for lunch or dinner. Compulsory reservation, précising “Chef Yuan” – number of ducks limited to 15 a day.  

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