Award hon­ors HK chef Chow

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By CHINA DAILY

May Chow, chef and owner of Lit­tle Bao in Hong Kong and Bangkok, has been named Asia’s Best Fe­male Chef 2017, an award that is part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants pro­gram, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Ac­qua Panna.

Chow will ac­cept her award at a cer­e­mony in Fe­bru­ary in Bangkok. More than 300 in­dus­try ex­perts from across the re­gion vote on the award, and they also cre­ate the an­nual list of Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants.

Born in Canada, Chow spent her child­hood in Hong Kong and the United States. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in ho­tel man­age­ment from Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity, she re­turned to Hong Kong in 2008, hon­ing her culi­nary skills at hotspots such as Bo In­no­va­tion and Yard­bird, restau­rants known for their in­no­va­tive spin on Asian cuisines.

Lit­tle Bao be­gan as a pop-up con­cept be­fore find­ing a per­ma­nent space in Hong Kong’s Soho dis­trict in 2013. Draw­ing in­flu­ences from Chow’s Chi­nese her­itage and Amer­i­can up­bring­ing, Lit­tle Bao of­fers an orig­i­nal take on clas­sic Chi­nese com­fort foods. Along with the sig­na­ture burg­er­style bao, or steamed buns, the menu in­cludes Chi­nese-in­spired shar­ing plates in an ad­ven­tur­ous, play­ful and creative style. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Lit­tle Bao Hong Kong, Chow opened in July a sec­ond out­let in Bangkok’s pop­u­lar Thong Lor dis­trict.

This year also saw the launch of Chow’s Sec­ond Draft, a “Chi­nese gas­tropub”. The cross-cul­tural din­ing con­cept cel­e­brates Hong Kong’s street food cul­ture while show­cas­ing Chow’s creative take on tra­di­tional dishes.

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