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New York chef Daniel Humm's menu is inspired by jazz legend Miles Davis

Daniel Humm at the Mandarin Grill.

Daniel Humm's round, smiling face looks remarkably rested for a man who's just endured a 16-hour flight from New York, touching down at 7pm the night before our interview.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 10:05am

Dozens fall ill after eating at elite Copenhagen restaurant

Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. Photo: AP

Given its cult following, even the three-month wait for a reservation at Noma in Copenhagen is unlikely to shorten despite more than 60 diners falling ill due to a vomiting and diarrhoea bug after eating there.

10 Mar 2013 - 7:31am

Pairing wine with Chinese food is more than a Cottage industry

Ada Leung, of Cottage Vineyards International, pairs lesser-known wines with Chinese food. Photo: Edward Wong

Gourmet and wine merchant Ada Leung was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in Canada. She attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and then returned to Hong Kong, where she worked in sales and marketing before founding wine importing company, Cottage Vineyards International in 1996.

21 Feb 2013 - 1:46pm

Save on grocery bills with a little legwork

Sellers already packing up at Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market at 6.20am. Photo: Nora Tam

With supermarkets selling overpriced groceries and local fast food joints endlessly competing with their HK$20 lunch boxes, Hong Kong is a classic example of a place where dining out is often cheaper than eating in. But for galloping and wannabe gourmets who value the comforts of home, where can they buy affordable food?

18 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Boss and workers of tainted meat plant in Liaoning arrested

A businessman has been arrested in Liaoning with dozens of his workers amid claims that huge amounts of carcinogenic food preservatives were used to make tonnes of cheap duck meat resemble more costly mutton or beef.

5 Feb 2013 - 4:37am

Healthy Gourmet: Upper cuts

Parillero Jaime Blanco at Don Julio in Buenos Aires. Photo: Andrea Oschetti

Argentineans consume an average of 60 kilograms of beef per year; it's an important part of their identity.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:56pm

Ng Fung Hong says live cattle import profits down 11pc

Wholesale beef prices went up six times last year. Photo: Edward Wong

In a rare public disclosure, the city's sole mainland beef distributor has reported a year-on-year fall of 11 per cent in gross profit on its live cattle imports.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:04am 1 comment

Healthy Gourmet: Running lean on greens and beans

Andrea Oschetti has resolved to return to the shape he was in for the 2009 New York City Marathon.

A sustainable weight loss can come only from a metabolic change. How to induce this change is difficult to know, not only because the science is still in its infancy, but because we are each unique and respond differently to food.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:58pm

Trawling ban threatens local fish balls and shrimp paste

Lam Law-ping is reluctant to import fish-ball ingredients from the mainland. Photo: Dickson Lee

The ban on trawling in Hong Kong waters could result in the loss of two local delicacies - fish balls and shrimp paste - those in the industry warned.

The owner of a popular shop that sells quality home-made fish balls, using local supplies, said his business would close if he cannot find affordable substitutes.

29 Dec 2012 - 9:54am 1 comment

City's poor spend more on food

The city's poorest spend more of their income on food than a decade ago as inflation continues to push prices higher.

Groceries account for more than half of their monthly household expenditure, a study found.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Ask the Foodie: Maximilian von Poelnitz (Secret Ingredients)

Maximilian von Poelnitz is on a mission to make it easy to cook gourmet meals at home. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Well-travelled Maximilian von Poelnitz, originally from Germany, helped launch Secret Ingredient just over a year ago, with an idea to supply everything needed for cooking a gourmet meal at home.

15 Nov 2012 - 9:25am

Chinese officials blasted for drinking too much at functions

Mainland officials spend billions of yuan every year on food and drink.

Mainland officials are spectacularly generous hosts, even though - or maybe because - the billions of yuan they splash out every year on food and drink while entertaining each other is not their own.

But they can also be a thirsty bunch, and local officials sometimes have to come up with innovative ways to make their entertainment budget go further.

10 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

Spanish chef Alejandro Sanchez throws Michelin-star party

Culinary stars: Carlos Caballero, Juan Suarez, Alejandro Sanchez and Kisko Garcia at Mesa 15. Photo: SCMP

Alejandro Sanchez, one of the youngest Spanish chefs to earn a Michelin star, moved to Hong Kong five months ago and still misses his friends back home.

"Then I thought, why not bring them here for business," the co-owner of SoHo tapas restaurant Mesa 15 says.

26 Oct 2012 - 1:32pm

Cooking gave humans larger brains than primates, researchers say

Though gorillas typically spend up to eight hours feeding, supporting big bodies and big brains would be almost impossible on a raw food diet. Photo: AFP

If human beings had not invented cooking as a way of increasing the number of calories they consumed, they could only have evolved the 86 billion neurons in our big brains by spending an impossible nine hours or more each day eating raw food, according to a scientific paper.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Healthy gourmet

Don't trust a fat chef. The gourmand who ate dishes swimming in butter is a hero of the past. Today we know better: we know the impact of food on our bodies and have discovered new cooking techniques to achieve higher levels of sensory pleasures without compromising our health.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:31am