HONG KONG: Chef and restaurant owner Vicky Lau is the first ever Asian female chef to clinch two Michelin stars for her restaurant Tate, a restaurant that breaks the boundaries between French and Chinese cooking. She was awarded the two stars for her restaurant earlier this week together with L’Envol in the St Regis Hong Kong which is under the guidance of French chef Olivier Elzer.
There were no new three Michelin stars when the tyre company released the guide for Hong Kong and Macau this week.
With these new additions, Hong Kong is now home to 12 Two Star restaurants, while Macau has 6 venues in the Two Star category. All 7 restaurants in Hong Kong and 3 restaurants in Macau continue to retain their coveted Three Star ratings.
“We are honoured to receive this milestone accolade. This has been our long-term dream and we could not be happier forthis achievement, especially during these difficult times. In the future, we look forward to joining forces with like-minded individuals to find a better way to collectively improve our food system while innovating culture. Dreams do come true with passion, patience, blood, sweat and tears. Create together for tomorrow.” says Chef Vicky Lau of TATE Dining Room.
The Hong Kong Macau 2021 guide crowned 10 restaurants with new stars in total.
There were 8 new 1 Michelin star restaurants.
“The 2021 edition is a celebration of the courage and creativity of the restaurant industry and its commitment to serving local communities as well as medical staff. 2020 was a year full of challenges but also opportunities for innovation. Despite the difficult times, the wonderful culinary journeys and the unfailing talent behind every plate proposed to diners in Hong Kong and Macau have amazed our inspectors. This is exactly what we want to celebrate with this brand new edition of the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of MICHELIN Guides.
Among the new 1 star restaurants are new restaurant Andō, which launched in July 2020 at the height of the global pandemic. It is a restaurant run by Argentina-born chef-founder Agustin Balbi who honed his skills in Japan and realizes his culinary vision by taking diners on a personal journey from a unique vantage point that fuses his ancestral roots with strong Japanese influences.
The acclaimed The Chairman, a Cantonese dining institution helmed by restauranteur Danny Yip was also rewarded with 1 Michelin star. Japanese flavours remain popular with three Japanese restaurants also getting one star. These are The Araki, Zuicho and the modern Japanese izakaya and yakitori specialist Yardbird.
Roganic in Hong Kong and the IFT Educational Restaurant in Macau were awarded the MICHELIN Green Star, a newly launched distinction that highlights the efforts of restaurants operating at the forefront of their field with sustainable practices, as well as fulfilling a role in spreading their vision.
“We are truly grateful to be one of the earliest recipients of the MICHELIN Green Star award. As Hong Kong is not the easiest city to be sustainable, our Hong Kong team has worked hard to promote food sustainability in new, exciting, and locally relevant ways, and have set an excellent example within the industry,” said Simon Rogan, chef-founder of Roganic. “We look forward to exploring ever more sustainability practices in the new year.”