Bernice Chan

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the culture desk of the Post, which she joined in 2010. Originally from Vancouver, she has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has previously worked for the Hong Kong Standard and at CBC Radio Vancouver.
Bernice Chan
Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the culture desk of the Post, which she joined in 2010. Originally from Vancouver, she has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has previously worked for the Hong Kong Standard and at CBC Radio Vancouver.

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Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer

The 37-year-old owner and executive chef of one-Michelin-starred Krèsios, in Campania, Italy, was on the path to becoming a computer engineer, until he realised he could make way more with his culinary skills.

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The 37-year-old owner and executive chef of one-Michelin-starred Krèsios, in Campania, Italy, was on the path to becoming a computer engineer, until he realised he could make way more with his culinary skills.

Italian chef behind ‘best roast chicken ever’ almost became a computer engineer
Popular US seafood restaurant Red Lobster to open in Hong Kong

Beyoncé sang about it, Nicki Minaj worked there, and now Red Lobster is coming to Hong Kong. The US seafood restaurant promises high-quality, sustainably harvested food at a reasonable price.

15 Nov 2019 - 1:02PM

Beyoncé sang about it, Nicki Minaj worked there, and now Red Lobster is coming to Hong Kong. The US seafood restaurant promises high-quality, sustainably harvested food at a reasonable price.

Popular US seafood restaurant Red Lobster to open in Hong Kong
Alex Fong on how he swam 45km around Hong Kong Island, from pre-race training to smashing the record on the day

From pre-race training to keeping going on the day, Canto-pop star and former Olympic swimmer Alex Fong explains how he got through his gruelling 45km swim around Hong Kong Island in a record-breaking time that raised over US$1 million for charity.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM

From pre-race training to keeping going on the day, Canto-pop star and former Olympic swimmer Alex Fong explains how he got through his gruelling 45km swim around Hong Kong Island in a record-breaking time that raised over US$1 million for charity.

Alex Fong on how he swam 45km around Hong Kong Island, from pre-race training to smashing the record on the day
Diner’s Diary | A first taste of new Petrus menus as Shangri-La hotel fine-dining restaurant moves with the times

Appetisers that are theatrical and almost too pretty to eat, nose-to-tail cooking – German chef Uwe Opocensky has brought his signature style to the fine-dining restaurant at Admiralty hotel.

11 Nov 2019 - 6:45PM

Appetisers that are theatrical and almost too pretty to eat, nose-to-tail cooking – German chef Uwe Opocensky has brought his signature style to the fine-dining restaurant at Admiralty hotel.

A first taste of new Petrus menus as Shangri-La hotel fine-dining restaurant moves with the times
From ‘good for nothing’ to celebrity chef: Wolfgang Puck’s recipe for success

From humble beginnings in Austria where he was slammed as “good for nothing” by one of his first mentors, Wolfgang Puck has risen to become one of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs.

9 Nov 2019 - 5:00PM

From humble beginnings in Austria where he was slammed as “good for nothing” by one of his first mentors, Wolfgang Puck has risen to become one of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs.

From ‘good for nothing’ to celebrity chef: Wolfgang Puck’s recipe for success
How Wolfgang Puck became Hollywood’s chef to the stars – the secrets to his success

Luck, timing, hard work, a little talent and a lot of perseverance – these are the ingredients of his success, says Austrian-born chef who has cooked for a who’s who of stars and royalty since his early 20s in France.

9 Nov 2019 - 5:06PM

Luck, timing, hard work, a little talent and a lot of perseverance – these are the ingredients of his success, says Austrian-born chef who has cooked for a who’s who of stars and royalty since his early 20s in France.

How Wolfgang Puck became Hollywood’s chef to the stars – the secrets to his success
The accidental chef: how Singaporean Nicholas Chew designed a restaurant, ended up in the kitchen and learned fine-dining cuisine

Singaporean Nicholas Chew of Bibo, a French fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong, took an unconventional route into the kitchen. He tells us about learning from Michelin-starred Shane Osborn, and earning his own star.

6 Nov 2019 - 5:12PM

Singaporean Nicholas Chew of Bibo, a French fine-dining restaurant in Hong Kong, took an unconventional route into the kitchen. He tells us about learning from Michelin-starred Shane Osborn, and earning his own star.

The accidental chef: how Singaporean Nicholas Chew designed a restaurant, ended up in the kitchen and learned fine-dining cuisine
American author and bartender Dale DeGroff on the tools and temperaments of the mixology trade

He wrote the book on bartending and counts Rupert Murdoch and Madonna among those he has served, but DeGroff originally wanted to be an actor, only giving up on that dream when he realised his talents lay elsewhere.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:00PM

He wrote the book on bartending and counts Rupert Murdoch and Madonna among those he has served, but DeGroff originally wanted to be an actor, only giving up on that dream when he realised his talents lay elsewhere.

American author and bartender Dale DeGroff on the tools and temperaments of the mixology trade
Cathay Pacific offers a flavour upgrade in economy class via meals developed with Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep Restaurants

Chefs from several of Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep’s wide range of restaurants worked for a year with Cathay chefs to develop Vietnamese, Thai, Sri Lankan, Mexican, and French dishes for long-haul flights.

30 Oct 2019 - 3:59PM

Chefs from several of Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep’s wide range of restaurants worked for a year with Cathay chefs to develop Vietnamese, Thai, Sri Lankan, Mexican, and French dishes for long-haul flights.

Cathay Pacific offers a flavour upgrade in economy class via meals developed with Hong Kong hospitality group Black Sheep Restaurants
Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

27 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Introduced to Vietnam by the colonial French, the baguette was later adapted for local tastes. Banh mi is still sold in Vietnam as a cheap snack, but can now also be found around the world.

Story of the banh mi: Vietnam’s super sandwich that took on the world
Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

25 Oct 2019 - 4:38PM

The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

Eat Drink Asia: Banh mi-where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide
Chef Que Vinh Dang recalls fleeing Vietnam, finding his fine-dining feet, and going casual in Hong Kong

‘I rediscovered the joy of cooking’ - chef recalls having career-defining moment while on a break to look after his daughters.

30 Oct 2019 - 11:44AM

‘I rediscovered the joy of cooking’ - chef recalls having career-defining moment while on a break to look after his daughters.

Chef Que Vinh Dang recalls fleeing Vietnam, finding his fine-dining feet, and going casual in Hong Kong
Chef Kirk Westaway on bringing modern British cuisine to Singapore

Kirk Westaway, of Singapore’s one-Michelin-star Jaan, recalls learning the value of hard work.

22 Oct 2019 - 8:45AM

Kirk Westaway, of Singapore’s one-Michelin-star Jaan, recalls learning the value of hard work.

Chef Kirk Westaway on bringing modern British cuisine to Singapore
First aid workers from Hong Kong 2014 protests front lines have stories told in new documentary

In Mong Kok First Aid, filmmaker Mavis Siu documents the experiences of voluntary first aid workers from the front lines during the violent street protests that erupted in Mong Kok during Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement.

24 Oct 2019 - 12:17PM

In Mong Kok First Aid, filmmaker Mavis Siu documents the experiences of voluntary first aid workers from the front lines during the violent street protests that erupted in Mong Kok during Hong Kong’s 2014 umbrella movement.

First aid workers from Hong Kong 2014 protests front lines have stories told in new documentary
Nigerian-American chef on making a movie of his life, aged 29, and his book exposing racism in food industry

Kwame Onwuachi, in Hong Kong to give diners a taste of dishes from his soon-to-open Afro-Caribbean restaurant, talks about opening his first restaurant at 27 and his second a year later, and his memoir, now being made into a film.

16 Oct 2019 - 6:40PM

Kwame Onwuachi, in Hong Kong to give diners a taste of dishes from his soon-to-open Afro-Caribbean restaurant, talks about opening his first restaurant at 27 and his second a year later, and his memoir, now being made into a film.

Nigerian-American chef on making a movie of his life, aged 29, and his book exposing racism in food industry
Hong Kong Oktoberfest cancelled amid anti-government protests, the latest victim of four months of spiralling unrest

The Marco Polo German Bierfest, held for the past 27 years at hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, is the biggest and best celebration of German beer, food and oompah music; hotel says ‘it would be challenging to ensure a smooth event’.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:30AM

The Marco Polo German Bierfest, held for the past 27 years at hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, is the biggest and best celebration of German beer, food and oompah music; hotel says ‘it would be challenging to ensure a smooth event’.

Hong Kong Oktoberfest cancelled amid anti-government protests, the latest victim of four months of spiralling unrest
First look inside revamped Sevva – owner Bonnae Gokson talks us through the changes, and what’s stayed the same

The socialites’ bolt hole high above Central has a new look after 12 years, more airy and with 36 chandeliers dangling from its domed ceiling; the menu retains regulars’ favourites, with additions from ex-Nobu chef Chase Kojima.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:53AM

The socialites’ bolt hole high above Central has a new look after 12 years, more airy and with 36 chandeliers dangling from its domed ceiling; the menu retains regulars’ favourites, with additions from ex-Nobu chef Chase Kojima.

First look inside revamped Sevva – owner Bonnae Gokson talks us through the changes, and what’s stayed the same
Why Michelin-starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire is cooking casual Italian food in Hong Kong

Pierre Gagnaire is bringing homestyle Italian dishes from his restaurant Piero TT in France to Hong Kong. The Michelin-starred chef compares casual dining in Italy and France.

9 Oct 2019 - 5:00PM

Pierre Gagnaire is bringing homestyle Italian dishes from his restaurant Piero TT in France to Hong Kong. The Michelin-starred chef compares casual dining in Italy and France.

Why Michelin-starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire is cooking casual Italian food in Hong Kong
Seven Hong Kong restaurant deals on offer amid protests as dining sector takes a hit. There’s even a massage thrown in

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have hit the restaurant trade hard, and some are offering great deals. Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill, Olive, Porterhouse, Hugo’s and Cafe Gray Deluxe all among places with meal deals.

9 Oct 2019 - 2:17PM

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have hit the restaurant trade hard, and some are offering great deals. Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill, Olive, Porterhouse, Hugo’s and Cafe Gray Deluxe all among places with meal deals.

Seven Hong Kong restaurant deals on offer amid protests as dining sector takes a hit. There’s even a massage thrown in
The brains behind Senreve’s luxury handbag that turns into a backpack – two Chinese-American bag fanatics new to the fashion business

From office to lunch meeting to cocktail party to the gym, Senreve’s Maestra line combines luxury with versatility – something the start-up’s Chinese-American founders, new to fashion, believe modern professional women want.

1 Oct 2019 - 6:14PM

From office to lunch meeting to cocktail party to the gym, Senreve’s Maestra line combines luxury with versatility – something the start-up’s Chinese-American founders, new to fashion, believe modern professional women want.

The brains behind Senreve’s luxury handbag that turns into a backpack – two Chinese-American bag fanatics new to the fashion business
From troublemaker to Michelin stardom: Belgian chef Kobe Desramaults recalls the good old days

In 2017, a year after he closed his Michelin-starred restaurant In de Wulf, he opened Chambre Séparée, in Ghent. The 39-year-old on how he went from cooking up trouble in high school to cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

30 Sep 2019 - 5:00PM

In 2017, a year after he closed his Michelin-starred restaurant In de Wulf, he opened Chambre Séparée, in Ghent. The 39-year-old on how he went from cooking up trouble in high school to cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

From troublemaker to Michelin stardom: Belgian chef Kobe Desramaults recalls the good old days
The Spam story: how the luncheon meat became a hit in Asia and beyond with its ‘taste of America’

Fried, baked, boiled or braised, pork-based Spam was first a hit in the US during the Great Depression and then in Asia after World War II. Now some chefs are incorporating it in upmarket dishes.

29 Sep 2019 - 12:10AM

Fried, baked, boiled or braised, pork-based Spam was first a hit in the US during the Great Depression and then in Asia after World War II. Now some chefs are incorporating it in upmarket dishes.

The Spam story: how the luncheon meat became a hit in Asia and beyond with its ‘taste of America’
China’s Greatest Treasures: from antiquities to apps, BBC series looks at their influence today

New series hosted by art critic and BBC host Alastair Sooke looks at how important works of Chinese art still influence the nation today, from its food to the country’s links with the rest of the world.

29 Sep 2019 - 9:03PM

New series hosted by art critic and BBC host Alastair Sooke looks at how important works of Chinese art still influence the nation today, from its food to the country’s links with the rest of the world.

China’s Greatest Treasures: from antiquities to apps, BBC series looks at their influence today
Eat Drink Asia: All about that Spam

American icon became popular during the war and managed to stick around.Your junk email is named after the canned meat, by the way.

27 Sep 2019 - 12:58PM

American icon became popular during the war and managed to stick around.Your junk email is named after the canned meat, by the way.

Eat Drink Asia: All about that Spam
Why Bangkok’s chef Ton is trying to educate Thais about their own cuisine

While other Bangkok chefs were importing ingredients, Thitid Tassanakajohn, of Michelin-starred Le Du, set up a network of local farmers and fishermen.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:37AM

While other Bangkok chefs were importing ingredients, Thitid Tassanakajohn, of Michelin-starred Le Du, set up a network of local farmers and fishermen.

Why Bangkok’s chef Ton is trying to educate Thais about their own cuisine
Diner’s Diary | Avocado with everything at Avobar, new in Hong Kong – mashed, smashed, sliced, diced, or halved, it’s all here

From a burger where avocado halves replace the bun, to delicious avocado toast, to avocado smashed with chilli, we sample the menu at new restaurant in K11 Musea mall.

15 Sep 2019 - 6:30PM

From a burger where avocado halves replace the bun, to delicious avocado toast, to avocado smashed with chilli, we sample the menu at new restaurant in K11 Musea mall.

Avocado with everything at Avobar, new in Hong Kong – mashed, smashed, sliced, diced, or halved, it’s all here
Hong Kong chef’s dream of a scalable plant-based fast food concept takes root at Treehouse

The menu at chef-entrepreneur Christian Mongendre’s new Central restaurant includes flatbreads, raw vegan cakes and customisable grain bowls; diners will be able to order by tablet or QR code and AI will suggest dishes to them.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:54PM

The menu at chef-entrepreneur Christian Mongendre’s new Central restaurant includes flatbreads, raw vegan cakes and customisable grain bowls; diners will be able to order by tablet or QR code and AI will suggest dishes to them.

Hong Kong chef’s dream of a scalable plant-based fast food concept takes root at Treehouse
Global volunteer movement repairs home appliances free of charge for needy, and with smiles all round

Repair Cafe is a global movement that recruits volunteers to fix things like electric fans, rice cookers – even watches; launched in Hong Kong in 2018, it operates once a month and helps the needy, most of them elderly.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:15AM

Repair Cafe is a global movement that recruits volunteers to fix things like electric fans, rice cookers – even watches; launched in Hong Kong in 2018, it operates once a month and helps the needy, most of them elderly.

Global volunteer movement repairs home appliances free of charge for needy, and with smiles all round
Duck & Waffle Hong Kong first impressions: dishes burst with flavour at outpost of hip London restaurant

Irish crab, Hokkaido scallops, ox cheek doughnut and three Hong Kong-only desserts were among our favourites from the menu at restaurant in IFC Mall.

6 Sep 2019 - 4:30PM

Irish crab, Hokkaido scallops, ox cheek doughnut and three Hong Kong-only desserts were among our favourites from the menu at restaurant in IFC Mall.

Duck & Waffle Hong Kong first impressions: dishes burst with flavour at outpost of hip London restaurant
What made French chef Vincent Thierry leave Hong Kong for Bangkok

‘After three years of three Michelin stars at Caprice, I became bored doing the same thing’

5 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

‘After three years of three Michelin stars at Caprice, I became bored doing the same thing’

What made French chef Vincent Thierry leave Hong Kong for Bangkok