THE GOLDEN AGE

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents -

A look back at Hong Kong Tatler’s Best Restau­rants Awards

As 2017 her­alds the fifth an­niver­sary of Hong Kong Tatler’s an­nual Best Restau­rants awards night, Char­maine Mok, Editorial Di­rec­tor of Food &

Wine, takes a star-stud­ded walk down mem­ory lane

There re­ally is no other event like it here—a night when hun­dreds of Hong Kong and Ma­cau’s top chefs, F&B pro­fes­sion­als and food lovers can get to­gether to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the in­dus­try’s most tal­ented names. Com­bine that with stun­ning venues year af­ter year, free-flow cham­pagne and top-notch canapés, and you have a soirée that’s grown to be­come a firm fix­ture on the din­ing scene.

In 2012, when we set out to cre­ate an event to prop­erly cel­e­brate the newly cre­ated Top 20 Best Restau­rants list and Best of the Year awards, it was less of an ex­cuse for us to party than it was to give our favourite food per­son­al­i­ties and cham­pi­ons that ex­act same rea­son to let loose. Af­ter all, be­ing in the F&B in­dus­try is tough—we, as the crit­ics and the jour­nal­ists, have it easy—so one aim of our awards night is to give much-de­served ku­dos to those who have worked so hard to give us, the dis­cern­ing pub­lic, an un­for­get­table and hos­pitable ex­pe­ri­ence.

It was a long time com­ing and it wasn’t un­til nearly a year later (in De­cem­ber 2013) that our lit­tle dream was re­alised, with an in­ti­mate soiree held at the then-justopened Dud­dell’s restau­rant. With around 150 hand-picked guests from the in­dus­try in at­ten­dance, we un­veiled our Top 20 restau­rants live, as well as our picks for awards such as Best Wine List and Best New Chef, and cel­e­brated the hol­i­day sea­son with Christ­mas-themed cock­tails.

I’ve been amazed by the new heights that our tiny team have been able to reach each year since. This year, we’ve upped the ante even fur­ther by host­ing our big­gest event yet at the newly minted Kerry Ho­tel in Hung Hom—in what’s cur­rently Hong Kong’s largest ball­room. Will it be tough to top next year? Ab­so­lutely. But you can be sure that we’ll keep on rais­ing that bar. In the mean­time, take a look back at how our awards night has evolved over the last half-decade.

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