EVENT Gwyneth Paltrow VIP luncheon and dinner
WHERE Landmark Mandarin Oriental and Mandarin Oriental
HAPPENINGS: It's not often an Oscar-winning actress graces Hong Kong with her presence. When Hollywood actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow came to town, movie-lovers and socialites gathered to catch a glimpse of the star at a private luncheon and VIP dinner.
Landmark's own Michelin-starred chefs - including Umberto Bombana, executive chef of 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA; Richard Ekkebus, culinary director of Amber; and Kelvin Wong, head chef of The Square - created dishes inspired by Paltrow's own recipes. The stellar events were attended by the city's well-heeled and most quoted, including David Tang and Allan Zeman. We spotted a mini queue forming for photo-taking with Paltrow.
OVERHEARD Apple and Moses sure are lucky … imagine having Gwyneth prepare such delicious meals for you every day?
CHIC CHAT with Gwyneth Paltrow
Do you have a favourite Asian cuisine?
Asian food is so healthy and [delicious]. If I had to pick, I’d say Korean food. Kimchi is like the best thing in the world.
What’s your secret to staying fit?
I work out five days a week for an hour or an hour-and-a-half
because I want to be able to eat whatever I want.
What’s your exercise regimen?
I’m very loyal to [ fitness guru] Tracy Anderson’s workout.
Tell us about your cookbook, It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.
It was inspired, in part, by my family’s sensitivity to gluten and dairy [products]. I wanted to [create] an encyclopedia of recipes of comfort food which could cater to such sensitivity.