[UDATE Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong has been awarded one star in the Hong Kong and Macau 2018 Michelin Guide.]
Legendary chef Alain Ducasse’s first foray into food was not a runaway success. As a child growing up in France he would watch his grandmother cooking and aged about 11 he decided to make a chocolate roulade himself. “My grandmother let me attempt this, although I was not up to the task,” Ducasse recalls. “Chocolate ended up everywhere and in the end the cake did not resemble a roulade at all!”
Luckily for the culinary world Ducasse was not put off by his early endeavour. Last month saw the opening of his 25th restaurant worldwide. He has chosen Asia for the first international outpost of Rech Alain Ducasse, a French seafood restaurant replacing his Spoon concept at the Intercontinental hotel in Hong Kong.
Amber, Hong Kong’s stuck position at 2 Michelin stars continues to mystify foodies.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2014: Caprice lost its third Michelin Star in 2014, the same year that the restaurant’s head chef left. Yesterday, it failed to regain the star in the 2015 guide. Pierre regained its second star in the 2014 Michelin Hong Kong & Macau guide and yesterday retained it for 2015. Amber still, inexplicably, has two stars. Hong Kong’s foodies continue to seethe.Tim’s Kitchen lost its remaining star in 2015.
Tosca, the Ritz Carlton’s Italian fine dining restaurant, and the Mandarin Oriental’s Cantonese Man Wah were both awarded one star in 2014 and retained them yesterday.Given the proliferation of one stars in Hong Kong it’s hard to see why Tosca in particular hasn’t been elevated to two.
Following the meteoric rise of Duddell’s in the 2014 Guide, the restaurant has been elevated to two stars for 2015 and further restos that have been open for less than a year have been awarded a new star including Nur and Seasons.
Three more hole in the wall joints have been awarded one star: Yat Lok, Tim Ho Wan (Tai Kwok Tsui branch – adding to two other venues) and Kam’s Roast Goose. Cue flurry of media interest around the globe about cheap Michelin eateries. Read on for my original post.
Tosca at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is deserving of two Michelin stars
Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong retain its Michelin star
The 2013 Michelin red guide to Hong Kong and Macau, launched today, is in many ways mystifying. While Caprice and Yung King Heen undoubtedly deserve their retained three star status, there are several other question marks.