Mario Batali

Rising from adversity: Timing was crucial in building Sandeep Sekhri's empire

Sandeep Sekhri

Timing has played a crucial role in restaurateur Sandeep Sekhri's success. The managing director of Dining Concepts has established 19 restaurants in 10 years, including Lupa and Carnevino with celebrity chef Mario Batali.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:21pm

Restaurant Man

Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich Brilliance Audio (audiobook)

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US chef Mario Batali and Dining Concepts feed the multitudes at opening of Lupa in LHT Tower

When Dining Concepts' managing director, Sandeep Sekhri, launches a new restaurant, it's almost a guarantee that there will be an impressive turnout. He outdid himself with the opening party for Lupa last Thursday.

More than 2,000 guests attended the opening of the restaurant - a partnership with US celebrity chef Mario Batali, who was also at the event.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Internally nurtured, never poached

While many firms are worried about anaemic business this year and are consolidating staff, the city's hotel and restaurant sector is booming, offering fresh opportunities and excellent career prospects.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

What Mario did next

Chefs can say the sweetest things. At his restaurant in Shanghai, Jean-Georges Vongerichten once took my hand, looked into my eyes and said: 'Do you want to order from the menu, or should I cook for you?'

A maitre d' conveyed a message from Thomas Keller (of French Laundry and Per Se fame), saying softly in my ear: 'Chef Keller would like to go off-menu for you.'

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Staff sought for Mario Batali restaurant in HK

Managers, supervisors, receptionists, line cooks, waiters and waitresses Dining Concepts

Maximising on the tourism boom in Hong Kong, Dining Concepts is opening a new Italian restaurant in Central as part of a steady expansion this year, and is hiring across the board.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

'Myth' of Larry Yung's golf refreshment cart is bunkered

We recently wrote of the sale by Larry Yung Chi-kin, former chairman of Citic Pacific, of Birch Grove House, in southern England, once the home of former British prime minister Harold Macmillan.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Great escapes

WHEN TOM Cruise landed in Hong Kong for the premier of Mission: Impossible II he arrived on a private jet that he piloted. From the airport, he was whisked by chopper to the rooftop of The Peninsula where a private elevator delivered him down to a press conference. Sound tempting?

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

For those with wanderlust, the bug bites the hardest now, in spring. There's nothing like a balmy breeze and the warm sun to make you want to get out and hit the open road. Alas, few of us can just up and leave our jobs, our pets - our televisions. For many, watching travel shows can be a form of self-torture.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am