Grassroots Pantry’s Peggy Chan and Hong Kong premium sake purveyor Michael Campion tell us their start-up stories

In the latest in our series Groovers & Shakers, we talk to two Hong Kong food and beverage innovators about how they got started in the industry and the challenges they’ve overcome

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 April, 2017, 5:04pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 April, 2017, 5:04pm

Peggy Chan, founder of Grassroots Pantry in Hong Kong, will be familiar to fans of health food and gourmet vegetarian cuisine in the city. The chef lays great stress on using sustainably sourced ingredients at the restaurant in Sheung Wan. She talked to SCMP.com about the challenges she’s overcome and the city’s highly competitive food and beverage industry.

Four Fox Saké took root when a trio of expat banking professionals put their hearts into an idea that initially started out as a joke. Launched just over a year ago to give sake, the traditional Japanese spirit, a modern look and change its perception among Hongkongers, the venture initially supplied just bars in the city, Boujis and The Quinary.

Brewer's super-premium sake 'perfect introduction' to the spirit

Today its uber-cool premium sakes are stocked behind the bars of some of the top hotels, clubs and restaurants in Hong Kong, including W Hotel, Sevva, and Dragon-i, and is also sold in South Korea.

With Four Fox Saké set to launch in Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK, co-founder Michael Campion talked to SCMP.com about how the start-up took off and is on track to make its name globally.