Sofitel Saigon Plaza has new executive chef The Saigon Times Daily Sofitel Saigon Plaza has announced the appointment of German Marko Rankel as the hotel’s new executive chef. Born and raised in Hannover, Rankel started to lure public attention after winning eight gold medals at a cooking contest in Nurnberg in 1997 before shining himself with more gold medals at international competitions such as World Cup Le Salon Culinaire Mondial and International Culinary Competition. He is currently one of the most talented chefs of Germany. His career as an executive chef was boosted during the seven years leading chefs of Mercure Atrium Accor Hotels Hannover. He helped make the hotel’s restaurant one of the most prestigious in the region and win Accor-Azubi Award four consecutive times. He was honored with “Silver Bernache Award” by Accor Group in 2007 before moving to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila a year later, where he helped Spiral Interactive Buffet One Restaurant win the titles of best restaurant in Asia and best buffet restaurant in the Philippines.