Don't make a meal of it

Most local children do not know how to cook since parents consider the kitchen off-limits, according to a survey by the Plaza Hollywood mall.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am

Be chef at your own private restaurant next Tuesday

If your wallet is weighing you down and you want to impress your better half on Valentine's Day, here's a deal you might want to consider.

Veteran broadcaster Robert Chua Wah-peng's new venture Home Chef Studio, a 1,000 sq ft innovative kitchen-cum-dining facility on Lyndhurst Terrace, is offering a night of gourmet dining and cooking for one couple only.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Banyan Tree Macau chef's recipe for success

As the executive chief of Banyan Tree Macau, Matias Martinez (right) oversees the food and beverage operations. Cooking has been a passion since he was young. He started as a commis chef, then moved up to become a demi chef, a chef de partie, a chef de cuisine, before being named executive chef 10 years on.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Belles' kitchen

If you have ever watched a 'reality' television cooking programme, you probably think there is an equal number of male and female chefs. But the reality is that television producers manipulate things to look that way. Yes, women have made great strides as cooks, but if you look behind the swing doors into most Hong Kong professional kitchens, you'll find women are few and far between.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

LIVING it up

Today's kitchen is more than just a workspace for preparing food and drink. When it comes to planning a kitchen, more and more people are turning to professionals for help. You need someone who knows the technical details and, at the same time, has an eye for taste and style.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Going fishing, hunting as a boy was chef's Dutch treat

Chef Richard Ekkebus says his deep knowledge of ingredients can be put down to an early start in cooking. He first rattled a pan at age five, and not long after was going on hunting and fishing trips in his native Netherlands.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Home truths

In culinary school, one of the biggest insults is to be called a home cook. 'What is this,' an instructor will say, observing a brunoise of vegetables that isn't in perfect, tiny cubes, 'are you trying to cook like your mother?'

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Letters from abroad

The first day of school was a blur for me. I vaguely remember the orientation activities, which I did together with a throng of other naive, new students who looked as clueless as I was.

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Unable to stand the heat, starlet stays out of the kitchen

Was it the possibility of rain, or did organisers realise Ella Koon (below) has an awful reputation as a cook?

Whatever the case, the starlet didn't actually prepare any dishes at a promotion organised by Harbour City and Citibank on Tuesday afternoon on the patio next to the Vietnamese eatery Rice Paper.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

You'll need one of two items on the sofa with you if you choose to watch the new series of Brothers & Sisters (Star World; Tuesdays at 11pm): a box of tissues or a bucket. For you'll either be ravaged by the countless high-octane emotional scenes or repelled by its sickening sentimentality.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Joel Robuchon

Is there any pressure associated with having the most Michelin stars of any chef in history? 'I don't feel pressure at all, to be honest. If people don't like my food, they don't like it. I don't feel I need to cope with certain things anymore. I am happy with the Michelin stars but will never do anything unless it pleases me. I feel I have the advantage of age and experience now.

21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Keeping cool

If you get stressed making dinner for four, imagine what it's like to cook for hundreds of paying guests each night. Dan Segall, executive chef of Zuma in Central, tells how he diffuses tense situations among hot-tempered cooks with large knives.

16 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Bryan Nagao

What do you like about working in Hong Kong? 'The Hong Kong dining crowd is different from other cities I've worked in - they're more adventurous; maybe because it's so easy to travel from here. It's also easy to get ingredients. We have [access to] better products. In San Francisco and Colorado, it was hard for me to get truffles.

9 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Cook relishes second chance

Great Britain's Sharon Hunt described the feeling of becoming an Olympian as 'being a child again'. Beside her, teammate Tina Cook nodded in agreement and shared the excitement of competing.

12 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Chef becomes chief, chief becomes chef

The twists and turns of the Harlan's group of restaurants have taken another ironic spin. Chef Alberto Boccelli (pictured) - whom H One founder Harlan Goldstein originally hired from Milan in 2006 to be the executive chef at Tuscany by H - has been promoted to be executive chef at H One, the prestigious pricey restaurant on IFC's podium level.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am