No place like home
You are probably familiar with the feeling. You get home after a hard day's work and the last thing you feel like doing is slaving away in a hot kitchen. Imagine instead arriving home to a healthy meal prepared by a top chef. It's a nice thought, isn't it?
Frozen meals may make you think of economy-class in-flight food, but the dishes provided by Hong Kong Personal Chef (www.hongkongpersonalchef.com) were developed to come straight from the freezer by Tom Burney. The chef's experience working at two- and three-Michelin-starred eateries - plus a stint at British molecular gastronomy master Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck - gave him an understanding of how foods behave when frozen and defrosted.
'The inspiration to launch HKPC came from seeing how Hongkongers live,' says Burney, of his company. 'People work hard and often long hours, so they need their food to be convenient. A lot of people here are very conscious about the food they eat and want good-quality, healthy meals that are no hassle. But kitchens here are generally very compact, putting many people off cooking at home.'
Burney's cuisine is predominantly Western, with dishes such as bangers and mash, lasagne, lamb tagine, chicken tikka masala
and pork chops with couscous and vegetables. Asian-influenced dishes include sticky soy salmon - a Norwegian fillet with coriander rice, bak choi, asparagus and a sticky spiced soy sauce. Burney says he plans to introduce other such dishes.
With home deliveries available for Hong Kong Island and Discovery Bay, each main course costs HK$110 and can be prepared in as little as five minutes in a microwave or regular oven. Orders must be for a minimum of four dishes, chosen from three or more weekly specials and six permanent favourites.