The Per­fect Recipe

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers - —Sean Fitz­patrick Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer

Any­one who’s been in town long enough will have no­ticed that the past few years have seen Hong Kong’s din­ing scene reach un­prece­dented heights. Take, for ex­am­ple, the hum­ble burger: gone are the days when we’d chow down hap­pily on a charred patty be­tween two av­er­age slices of white bread. To­day, it’s grass-fed beef on home­made brioche—or noth­ing. Nowa­days, we like our char siu made from cuts of Ibérico pork and our dim sum in­fused with truf­fle.

In a word, things have got­ten ar­ti­sanal. We’re faced with more choices than ever be­fore—and that’s say­ing some­thing, since we Hongkongers are sta­tis­ti­cally one of the world’s most likely pop­u­la­tions to dine out each week. We can’t go a day with­out some amaz­ing new restau­rant open­ing its doors, it seems.

It was only right, then, that we gath­ered up all our en­thu­si­asm into our in­au­gu­ral Food Is­sue. And when it came to choos­ing who should grace the cover, the team were unan­i­mous: it could be no other than Hong Kong’s first cou­ple of cui­sine, Yenn Wong and Alan Lo. Be­tween them, they own and op­er­ate some of our city’s most suc­cess­ful and smart eater­ies, in­clud­ing The Pawn, 22 Ships, Ham & Sherry and Aberdeen Street So­cial. De­spite their Midas touch, the pair are still driven to push the bound­aries even fur­ther, with new projects in the pipe­line. Yet some­how they man­age to do this while run­ning other busi­nesses, rais­ing a fam­ily and main­tain­ing a sense of hu­mour—as at­tested by their firmly tongue-in-cheek cover shoot. Feast your eyes on the story on page 230.

Also in this is­sue, we present cov­er­age of our re­cent Tatler Ball. For me, the ball has al­ways been about the Tatler com­mu­nity; it’s a way to cel­e­brate the good work that many of you do. This year’s Di­a­mond Award re­cip­i­ent, Pansy Ho, said it best dur­ing her ac­cep­tance speech—she pointed out that Tatler’s strength has al­ways been the way we sup­port the many phil­an­thropic en­deav­ours in this city by pro­vid­ing an ef­fec­tive me­dia plat­form. There were many other won­der­ful mo­ments that night, most of them com­pletely spon­ta­neous. For a com­plete look back at the Tatler Ball, turn to Rise and Shine on lucky page 88—I hope th­ese pages in our Faces sec­tion will bring back a wealth of happy mem­o­ries from the night.

The Edi­presse Me­dia Asia team had an ab­so­lute blast at the Tatler Ball—here’s me with ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Michel La­mu­nière and Zita Ong, the CEO for Hong Kong, Ma­cau and South­east Asia

con­fes­sions on a Dance floor Jazz hands, pho­to­bombs and cham­pagne ga­lore—oh, what fun we had at this year’s Tatler Ball

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