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Meet Your Maker - Pierre Hermé | 23.05.2013

Meet Your Maker - Pierre Hermé

Passion, dedication, an eye for beauty and a mind for perfection, such are ingredients to the recipe for creating desserts and pastries. Known for creating the perfect macaron in the world of confection, Pierre Hermé is about to launch its first outlet in Hong Kong later this month. With rising anti...

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Meet Your Maker - Janice Leung | 25.09.2012

Meet Your Maker - Janice Leung

How many Farmers’ Markets can you name in Hong Kong? Even if you can name them, how many have you visited and purchased from? Our guess is: Not Many. Meet Janice Leung, local food writer who now adds another entry to her resume: organizer of a local farmer’s market. Janice is joining forces with Vin...

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Introducing Chef Carmine Esposito at CUCINA | 30.11.2011

Introducing Chef Carmine Esposito at CUCINA

CUCINA recently welcomed new chef, Carmine Esposito to head the Italian kitchen. Chef Carmine is passionate about authentic Italian cuisine, and he specialises in the making of traditional Italian pizzas. Coming from a family of cooks, Chef Carmine grew up around stoves and pizza ovens. From Decembe...

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Michael White | 22.06.2011

Michael White

Before opening Al Molo, Michael White was virtually unknown in Hong Kong but he is one of the most sought-after chefs in New York. One of his restaurants in New York, Marea, won the James Beard Foundation New Restaurant Award in 2010. He was also nominated for the Best Chef category in 2011. While d...

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Meet your Maker - Joël Robuchon | 08.06.2011

Meet your Maker - Joël Robuchon

Since his rather public retirement in 1996, the 66-year-old world famous chef has been working harder and has opened more restaurants than ever before. If retirement is doing what one loves to do, then Robuchon has found his vocation. We met the legendary master at his restaurant in Macau. With a su...

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Meet your Maker - Thomas Keller | 08.12.2010

Meet your Maker - Thomas Keller

Multi-award winning chef, Thomas Keller, is one of the most talented chefs in the US and arguably the world. There are soon to be ten restaurants within the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, with a second Bouchon Bakery to open in New York. Both The French Laundry and Per Se have been rated three-star...

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Gavin Hewitt CMG - CEO, Scotch Whisky Association | 11.10.2010

Gavin Hewitt CMG - CEO, Scotch Whisky Association

Gavin Hewitt CMG is the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association. A former diplomat Hewitt is employing all his diplomatic skills on behalf of the association to lobby the HKSAR government to reform the current excise duty. I sat down with Hewitt to learn more about the issue and of course t...

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Meet Your Maker - Antonio Totaro | 30.09.2010

Meet Your Maker - Antonio Totaro

Italian native, Antonio Totaro, is the chef de cuisine of Cucina. He brings with him a wealth of experience including working at the Michelin-starred restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy and Macau. In his new role he intends to elevate Cucina to one of the city's top Italian restaurants....

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Meet your Maker - Igor Macchia | 09.06.2010

Meet your Maker - Igor Macchia

I have always loved cooking, and when I received an invitation from InterContinental Grand Stanford to join Michelin-star chef, Igor Macchia from Italy during his visit to Hong Kong, I couldn’t say yes fast enough....

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Meet your Maker - Greg Malouf | 27.05.2010

Meet your Maker - Greg Malouf

Award-winning Aussie chef, Greg Malouf, has been passionate about food ever since he can remember, and his decision to become a chef meant going against the wishes of his family. Although his early food influences were based around Lebanese cuisine it was a long journey for him to come back to his r...

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Meet Your Maker - Francesco Sabatini | 12.04.2010

Meet Your Maker - Francesco Sabatini

Born in 1933, Francesco the youngest and most-travelled of the Sabatini brothers was in Hong Kong last month to celebrate a new kitchen, and to kick off the artichoke promotion at Sabatini. A vivacious man, with a sparkle in his eyes, and an obvious passion for food, wine and his restaurants. I foun...

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Meet Your Maker - Gary Danko | 10.03.2010

Meet Your Maker - Gary Danko

Multiple award-winning chef Gary Danko is recognised as one of America’s most talented and respected chefs. His many achievements include a coveted James Beard Award, and a Michelin star for restaurant GARY DANKO in San Francisco....

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Michelin Chefs Discuss Chinese New Year Cuisine | 10.02.2010

Michelin Chefs Discuss Chinese New Year Cuisine

Chinese New Year is marked by gathering with family and friends for gastronomic indulgences, but not just any delicious dish will do. Dishes are often chosen for their symbolic meanings that results from the language itself, for example the word for 'fish' also sounds like the word for 'wish' and 'a...

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Chef Spotlight - Uwe Opocensky | 13.01.2010

Chef Spotlight - Uwe Opocensky

Executive chef of Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong) Uwe Opocensky is one of Hong Kong's most talented and creative chefs. This talent was finally recognised by Michelin when it awarded him a Michelin star for the Mandarin Grill in the latest guide. I caught up with Opocensky over lunch at Mandarin Gr...

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Jean-Francois Antony | 09.12.2009

Jean-Francois Antony

Jean-Francois Antony is an affineur (cheese ager) and eleveur de fromages (cheese selector). He and his father Bernard are well known affineurs, with their own caves for ageing and ripening cheese. They are the men behind the famous Antony cheeses that are sold mostly only to Michelin restaurants....

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Meet your Maker - Massimo Bottura | 11.11.2009

Meet your Maker - Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura's avant-garde cuisine has won him numerous awards, including two Michelin stars for his restaurant in Modena, Osteria Francescana. He has worked with, and been inspired by, leading chefs such as Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adria. His dishes are rooted in tradition yet his treatment and...

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Philippe Jourdin | 07.10.2009

Philippe Jourdin

Philippe Jourdin began his career as a commis chef at the Michelin-starred La Grande Cascade in Paris, the first of many renowned French institutions on his culinary journey. He spent 10 years at the three-Michelin-star La Tour d’Argent in Paris, followed by Le Moulin Mougins, where he began to deve...

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Justin Quek | 09.09.2009

Justin Quek

Award-Winning chef Justin Quek specialises in French cuisine. He currently owns two restaurants in Taipei and has in interest in three in Shanghai. Recently he has been working with The Miramar Group on two restaurants that will soon open, The French Window and Whisk. I caught up with Singapore's...

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Jaakko Sorsa | 12.08.2009

Jaakko Sorsa

Jaakko Sorsa is the executive chef of FINDS, as well as the president of Disciples Escoffier (Hong Kong). A passionate chef, originally from Finland, he has worked in some interesting locations such as Lebanon and Bermuda. In 2004, he was planning to move to Canada or Japan, however an unexpected ph...

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Meet your Makers - Ocean Park's Chefs | 08.07.2009

Meet your Makers - Ocean Park's Chefs

When I think of Ocean Park the first things that come to my mind are the rollercoasters and swinging pirate ship, followed by the atoll reef and pandas. I also immediately think of the cable-car ride and the unique view of Hong Kong. What I don't think about is dining. In the past few years Ocea...

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Meet your Maker – Philippe Etchebest | 12.05.2009

Meet your Maker – Philippe Etchebest

Philippe Etchebest is the two-star chef at the restaurant in Hostellerie de Plaisance, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France. He is a graduate of the hotel school of Talence (Bordeaux), the city where he spent his childhood. He began perfecting his skills in the kitchen of his parent’s well-known restaurant...

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Makoto Ono, guest chef, Dakota Prime | 15.04.2009

Makoto Ono, guest chef, Dakota Prime

Makoto Ono began his career at a young age, rising through the ranks of his family’s Japanese restaurants in Winnipeg, Canada, working his way from dish washer to sushi chef. He continued on to the famed Dubrulle Culinary Arts Institute and by the age of twenty-one was training under Michelin star c...

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Meet your Maker - Kylie Kwong | 15.04.2009

Meet your Maker - Kylie Kwong

Kylie Kwong is a wellknown celebrity chef in her native Australia, known as much for her food as she is for her concern for the environment. Her professional cooking career took flight as head chef of Sydney's Rockpool, owned by Neil Perry, and she also headed the kitchens at Bill Granger’s two...

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Bobby Chinn | 11.03.2009

Bobby Chinn

Bobby Chinn is the vivacious, cheeky host of travel and cooking show, World Cafe Asia and is the owner of the successful Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi, Vietnam. He has also authoured his first cookbook, Wild, Wild East. Half Chinese, half Egyptian, raised in England, lived and worked in the US a...

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Meet your Maker - Chan Yan Tak | 11.02.2009

Meet your Maker - Chan Yan Tak

The executive chef of Lung King Heen, Chan Yan Tak, recently became the world's first Chinese chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. As you can imagine the world's media turned its attention on this diminutive chef, however instead of embracing the limelight he has largely shied away from it, pref...

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Meet your Maker - Pierre Gagnaire | 09.12.2008

Meet your Maker - Pierre Gagnaire

Legendary, three-star Michelin chef, Pierre Gagnaire is known for creating dishes that often defy standard description, and his cuisine elicits words such as emotional, sophisticated, elegant, surprising and original. His signature, attention to detail....

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Meet your Maker - Bryan Nagao, executive chef, D.Diamond Restaurant & Bar | 08.12.2008

Meet your Maker - Bryan Nagao, executive chef, D.Diamond Restaurant & Bar

Bryan Nagao is best known in Hong Kong for cooking up a pan-Asian storm at Felix and modern Japanese at Kokage. He was a protégé of legendary chef Roy Yamaguchi and has held prominent positions in restaurants in Hawaii and the US. He is now heading up the kitchen at D.Diamond, which is attracting...

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Chef to the rich and famous | 10.11.2008

When eponymous chef Harlan Goldstein opened his first venture in IFC even his ‘rich and famous’ customers knew they couldn’t just turn up without calling....

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Meet your Maker – Donovan Cooke, chef de cuisine, Derby Restaurant and Bar, The Hong Kong Jockey Club | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Donovan Cooke, chef de cuisine, Derby Restaurant and Bar, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Yorkshire-born Donovan Cooke has an impressive background. He worked with Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn and at Harvey’s for Marco Pierre White, where he became head chef at 23. He has also worked at the three-star Michelin restaurant La Cote St Jacques in France....

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Meet your Makers – Executive Chef Kam Sing Chan and Master Chef Yuk Lam Lee, Cuisine Cuisine | 10.11.2008

Meet your Makers – Executive Chef Kam Sing Chan and Master Chef Yuk Lam Lee, Cuisine Cuisine

Together Chef Kam Sing Chan and Chef Yuk Lam Lee have over 70 years experience, which they are showcasing at upscale Cantonese restaurant Cuisine Cuisine....

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Meet your Maker - Craig Strong, Part 2 | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker - Craig Strong, Part 2

In part 1 of WOM's interview with Craig Strong we learned more about this passionate chef's philosophy towards his cuisine and the creative process behind creating Michelin rated food. In part 2 we talk about Michelin ratings, which dishes he recommended to Michelin and why he is such a happy chef....

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Meet your Maker - Craig Strong, Part 1 | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker - Craig Strong, Part 1

Craig Strong is one of the most passionate, articulate, talented and happy chefs that I have had the privilege to meet. He developed a love for food at an early age and is a graduate of the L'Academie de Cuisine. He has held prominent positions both in the US and Spain, and during his career has wor...

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Meet your Maker – Graeme Ritchie, chef de cuisine, Cucina | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Graeme Ritchie, chef de cuisine, Cucina

Born in South Africa, Graeme Ritchie began his career in his home country under the guidance of European chefs. However, as a self-confessed gypsy it wasn't long before he began to work overseas....

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Meet your Maker – Danny Lai, executive chef, Prince, Hong Kong | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Danny Lai, executive chef, Prince, Hong Kong

With more than 25 years experience, Danny Lai, is a chef with a passion for creating dishes that please the diner. He is also a chef with an ambition to move beyond the kitchen....

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Meet your Maker – Sommeliers Gerard Margeon and Thomas Scheidt | 10.11.2008

Corporate chef sommelier for the Groupe Alain Ducasse, Gerard Margeon, manages the careers of 43 sommeliers and oversees the wine selection for 26 restaurants and five auberges in 10 countries. He has been a sommelier since 1977 and has worked for Ducasse for 14 years....

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Meet your Maker – Rainer Becker | 10.11.2008

Award-winning chef Rainer Becker is the man behind Japanese restaurants Zuma and Roka. He has a deep-rooted love of Japanese cuisine, which began when he was challenged with the task of presenting fine dining at Japan’s exclusive luxury hotel, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo....

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Meet your Maker – Nobu Matsuhisa | 10.11.2008

Nobu Matsuhisa requires little introduction, he is famous the world over and his restaurants are constantly praised by the press and restaurant critics. Since 1987 he has opened 18 restaurants in 14 cities, which are all successful, including Nobu Hong Kong....

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Meet your Maker – Bernard Hickin, winemaker, Jacob's Creek | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Bernard Hickin, winemaker, Jacob's Creek

A city boy, Bernard Hickin grew up in a wine drinking family, but had given making it no thought at all until a school friend secured a job at a winery. Hickin went along and was immediately seduced by the smells and sights of a working winery mid-vintage....

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Meet the Winemaker – Cape Mentelle | 10.11.2008

Meet the Winemaker – Cape Mentelle

Australian winery Cape Mentelle (CM) is located in one of Australia’s premier growing regions, the Margaret River, in Western Australia. It is named after the nearby Cape. The Margaret River region is situated close to the coastline and the maritime climate, with its long dry growing season and tem...

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Meet your Maker – Mark Sapienza, Executive Chef, The Langham, Boston | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Mark Sapienza, Executive Chef, The Langham, Boston

When hired in 1998 Massachusetts native Mark Sapienza was the first American that The Langham entrusted with its culinary endeavours. He had previously worked in prestigious establishments mostly in the Boston area, but also spent time in New York and London, where he worked at the renowned Claridge...

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Meet your Maker – Joe Leung, Sommelier Gaddi’s | 10.11.2008

Meet your Maker – Joe Leung, Sommelier Gaddi’s

At only 32, Joe Leung has made quite a name for himself in wine circles. He attended his first wine course in 1995, was the recipient of the Yarraman/WINPAC/Hong Kong Sommelier Association’s Wine Training and Scholarship in 2003, and in 2004 he won the Hong Kong Sommelier Association’s Best Sommelie...

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Meet your Maker - Yves Matthey, executive pastry chef, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong | 01.11.2008

Meet your Maker - Yves Matthey, executive pastry chef, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Award-winning Yves Matthey joined Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, in 1987, as executive pastry chef. He is responsible for a team of 30, oversees the production of pastry for all the hotel restaurants, room service, banqueting, and outside catering events, not to mention the renowned Mandarin Cake Sho...

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Rising Star – Kirk McLean, chef de cuisine, Partingtons, Langham Hotel, Auckland, NZ | 01.11.2008

Rising Star – Kirk McLean, chef de cuisine, Partingtons, Langham Hotel, Auckland, NZ

Kirk McLean is the chef de cuisine of Partingtons in the five-star Langham Hotel in Auckland. At only 25, he is one of New Zealand’s youngest chefs to be leading an award-winning, fine-dining hotel restaurant....

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The Bar Chef | 01.11.2008

A new term has entered our lexicon, ‘bar chef’. WOM Guide spoke to Lumiere’s bar manager, Phil Murphy, to find out just what this term means....

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Meet your Maker – Sam Kurtz | 01.10.2008

Meet your Maker – Sam Kurtz

Sam Kurtz is the group red and fortified winemaker for Australia's Orlando Wines. Orlando Wines encompasses such award-winning wineries as Jacob's Creek and Wyndham Estate....

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Meet your Maker – Didier Rochat | 01.10.2008

Didier Rochat, the new executive chef of French restaurant La Brasserie (Gateway Hotel), certainly has impressive French-cuisine credentials. He has worked for four Michelin-starred French chefs: Joe Rostang (La Bonne Auberge), Roger Verge (Le Mouline de Mougin), Jean Yves Joanin (Le Cagnard), and M...

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Meet your Maker – David Tamlyn, group executive chef, The Press Room, The Pawn and Classified | 10.06.2008

Meet your Maker – David Tamlyn, group executive chef, The Press Room, The Pawn and Classified

David Tamlyn began his career as an apprentice to Marco Pierre White at Harveys at the tender age of 17. His background also includes Michelin-starred establishments such as The Square and Pied-à-Terre in London. Prior to his arrival, David was executive chef for a group of Michelin rated London ga...

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Meet your Maker - Tetsuya Wakuda (Part 2) | 01.05.2008

Meet your Maker - Tetsuya Wakuda (Part 2)

In part two of my interview with culinary legend Tetsuya Wakuda I learn more about who Tetsuya thinks are the world’s best chefs. I also discover what makes a great menu, what inspires him, and how to make a dish from Tetsuya’s....

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Meet your Maker - Tetsuya Wakuda | 01.04.2008

Meet your Maker - Tetsuya Wakuda

After more than 20 years, acclaimed chef Tetsuya Wakuda, owner of Tetsuya’s in Sydney, continues to capture the hearts and taste buds of audiences around the world....

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Meet your Maker – Uwe Opocensky – Executive Chef, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Part 2 | 10.11.2007

In part 2 the Mandarin Oriental's new executive chef Uwe Opocensky discusses his plans for achieving a Michelin star, his view on the world's best chefs, and shares a recipe especially created for WOM....

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Meet your Maker – Uwe Opocensky – Executive Chef, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Part 1 | 10.10.2007

The Mandarin Oriental's new executive chef Uwe Opocensky has an impressive resume. He was head chef at Anton Mosimann’s private dining rooms at the age of 23, and has done a stint in the kitchen at legendary El Bulli....

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Meet your Maker – Martin Benn, Group Executive Chef (Western Cuisine) Aqua Restaurant Group | 10.10.2007

Meet your Maker – Martin Benn, Group Executive Chef (Western Cuisine) Aqua Restaurant Group

Martin Benn began to shine when a student of cookery in the UK, receiving the most outstanding student award two years running. After completing his studies he quickly rose to prominent positions in some of the leading restaurants, including The Oak Room, The Criterion, and Tetsuya’s....

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