Sweet success for Wilson

Wilson Kwok owns three restaurants in Hong Kong: a steakhouse called W's Entrecote, Vietnamese restaurant W's Paris 13th and the latest one a French-German restaurant named W's Alsace.

He is a lover of good food and wine. 'I started my first restaurant five years ago and it was because I always had a passion for food,' he said.

'I enjoy eating good food and drinking good wine, but not in a stuffy atmosphere, and I wanted to bring good food and wine to the public.' Wilson also runs a wine club, W's Oeno, where he organises tastings every month.

He was recently inducted into the Conferie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a Burgundy wine brotherhood, as a chevalier.

The ceremony, called trois glorieuses - meaning the three glories and which is not short on pomp - was held at Clos de Vougeot, a chateau in the heart of Burgundy.

Apart from the delicious dinner and the elaborate ceremony, the highlight of Wilson's stay was the wine auction, which is held to raise money for a hospice in Beaune.

'It all happens in the second week of November and anyone who is anyone in the wine business is in Burgundy. The week after that is the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau, which is popular.' According to Wilson, there is a long queue to be inducted and some people have to wait for years.

'It's a great honour to belong to the conferie. It gives you great credibility when you deal with people in the wine business.'