DestinationsThe newly launched Hong Kong Chef’s Playbook re-introduces neighbourhoods in a series of videos.

Presenting Hong Kong through the eyes of chefs

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Vicky Lau of two-Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room, Asia’s first and only female chef with the accolade.
Vicky Lau of two-Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room, Asia’s first and only female chef with the accolade. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board

In the Hong Kong Chefs’ Playbook series of videos, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) together with the Michelin Guide highlight the neighbourhoods that celebrated chefs derive their inspirations from and tell the story through flavours and local ingredients.

“As the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong hosts close to 70 Michelin-starred restaurants. With borders remaining closed, we hope to continue to bring Hong Kong closer to people around the world… to showcase the neighbourhoods of Hong Kong through these talents as they share their re-interpretations of local flavours and how their favourite spots in Hong Kong have inspired them in their craft,” said Raymond Chan, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, HKTB.

Hong Kong was one of the earliest cities in Asia that was recognised for Michelin-star dining in 2009 when Lung King Heen became the world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars.

To showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s culinary scene, four culinary talents will take viewers on journeys of discovery to uncover hidden gems in local neighbourhoods while sharing culinary insights, tips and secrets.

Chef Vicky Cheng of one-Michelin-starred VEA will take online viewers through the fishing village of Tai O.
Chef Vicky Cheng of one-Michelin-starred VEA will take online viewers through the fishing village of Tai O. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The first to be featured is Vicky Lau of two-Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room, Asia’s first and only female chef recognised for her starred achievement. Chef Lau will explore the neighbourhood of Yau Ma Tei, where “the old meets the new; with so much to discover especially if you are looking for something authentic and truly Hong Kong”.

Lau shared: “It is a heaven for food lovers as this is where we find gadgets, ingredients and delicious food but there’s so much authenticity to offer. For instance, the Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market (also known as Gwo Lan) is a well-known Hong Kong historical landmark, where there is an abundance of fruits — many interesting ones that sometimes we do not get to enjoy or encounter daily. The pandemic has greatly affected overseas shipment, but I see this as an opportunity to discover and use more local produce for my creations.”

Following after, Shane Osborn of one-Michelin-starred Arcane will explore Wong Tai Sin, a hunting ground for the “freshest ingredients” that supports the local farming community.

In the idyllic fishing village of Tai O, viewers will find out what Chef Vicky Cheng of one-Michelin-starred VEA favours for his unique Chinese-French cuisine.

Rounding up the series is Danny Yip of the iconic one-Michelin-starred The Chairman, who has redefined Cantonese cuisine with local ingredients, particularly from the Aberdeen neighbourhood.

Each episode of Hong Kong Chefs’ Playbook will be released weekly on the social media channels of Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Michelin Guide from 21 September 2021 onwards.

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