Our definition of a Local Champion is someone who has made a real contribution to promoting or championing Hong Kong food culture, both at home and abroad—and for the second year in a row, May Chow has proven to be a leader in this particular niche. With Little Bao and Second Draft already cemented on the dining scene, Chow’s mission to give Cantonese food and ingredients their time in the spotlight hit another high point with the opening of Happy Paradise. This raucous “neo-Cantonese” bar and restaurant, resplendent in cool neon, is an original homage to Hong Kong traditions with zero sentimentality. Working in collaboration with chef John Javier, the pair have created dishes that firmly plant Cantonese food into the realm of contemporary cool. Forgotten or unfashionable
dishes such as braised pomelo peel and nostalgic shrimp toast have been zhuzhed up without losing any of their original essence, allowing locals and tourists alike to discover
more about our great food traditions.
Happy Paradise, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
RUNNER-UP By setting up Honestly Green, Tong Chong Street Market and Poho Market, Janice Leung Hayes is drawing our attention to Hong Kong’s local farmers and their produce while supporting local businesses.