Craig Au Yeung Ying-chai writes about eating, and the local traditions connected with it Name: Craig Au Yeung Ying-chai Occupation: Food writer Star sign: Sagittarius On my play list: Bossa Nova, Tango and jazz Hobbies: My work, though I'm not a workaholic. I also like to exercise and read all kinds of magazines. The man: I am the oldest in the family and I did both my graduate and postgraduate degrees at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I have a strong interest in design and cultural studies. I started my career as a disc jockey at a local radio station and I have been in the media industry for many years. During this time, I have hosted television shows and written several books about local food culture. I have also illustrated comics about Hong Kong culture. However, I think I will devote myself to writing about food for the next 10 or 20 years before I retire. My passion for food continues to grow. I spent quite a few years researching and writing a book about traditional food in Hong Kong - where to eat it and the origin of the dishes. It is quite a unique book. I love challenges, and I feel good about having my hard work recognised and winning people's admiration. Influences: I think my family has had a big influence on me. My father was a comic artist and my mother was an editor. I think that was the source of my interest in both drawing and writing. My love of food has a lot to do with my family, too. My mother is Indonesian-Chinese. She was born in Shanghai and also lived in Japan for a while before she came to Hong Kong. Our domestic helper was from Guangdong, so I have been eating many different cuisines since I was very young. Vision for the future: I plan to devote most of my time to food. I do have higher expectations as I get older, but I'm also trying to achieve a balance. The big challenge is to take on something serious and make it interesting to the readers. I think that's possible because food is definitely a universal language that speaks to everyone.