Bernice Chan

Hong Kong

Bernice Chan

Senior Writer, Culture Desk

Bernice Chan is a senior writer on the Culture desk. She samples more than her share of dishes around Hong Kong and writes about people and issues that make an impact on the city.

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Four Seasons hotel chef on the secret to three Michelin stars, creating dim sum for Lung King Heen and what he eats at home

Chan Yan-tak, executive chef of Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan high-quality ingredients and teamwork help it maintain its three-Michelin-star status.

Chan Yan-tak, executive chef of Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan high-quality ingredients and teamwork help it maintain its three-Michelin-star status.

26 Jan 2022 - 12:45PM
20 Jan 2022 - 1:55PM
The last days of Fleet Arcade at Fenwick Pier in Hong Kong, hang-out of foreign navy crews for decades and a dining destination for residents

Another chapter in Hong Kong’s history will end when the Fleet Arcade at Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai closes on February 11. Business owners and a former US navy officer share fond memories of its glory days.

Another chapter in Hong Kong’s history will end when the Fleet Arcade at Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai closes on February 11. Business owners and a former US navy officer share fond memories of its glory days.

24 Jan 2022 - 1:57PM
Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2022 revealed – a first star for nine restaurants, a second star for two

Octavium and Yan Toh Heen gain a second star, Hansik Goo, Barry Quek’s Whey, Belon, Chaat at The Rosewood, Seventh Son and Sushi Wadatsumi among the restaurants awarded one star.

Octavium and Yan Toh Heen gain a second star, Hansik Goo, Barry Quek’s Whey, Belon, Chaat at The Rosewood, Seventh Son and Sushi Wadatsumi among the restaurants awarded one star.

19 Jan 2022 - 6:35PM
Profile | Michelin-star chef’s war on waste and sustainable eating push, and how he gets staff and Hong Kong diners to embrace change

Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong culinary director Richard Ekkebus tells Bernice Chan how he educates staff to reduce waste and how he made two-Michelin-star Amber’s menu 75 per cent plant-based.

Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong culinary director Richard Ekkebus tells Bernice Chan how he educates staff to reduce waste and how he made two-Michelin-star Amber’s menu 75 per cent plant-based.

18 Jan 2022 - 12:45PM
7 new Lunar New Year puddings to enjoy from The Peninsula Boutique, Sexy Crab, China Tang and more – sweet, savoury and classics with a twist

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with these tasty puddings from The Peninsula Boutique, Sexy Crab, China Tang, Tsui Hang Village, Ying Jee Club, Dashijie, and Ma … and The Seeds of Life.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with these tasty puddings from The Peninsula Boutique, Sexy Crab, China Tang, Tsui Hang Village, Ying Jee Club, Dashijie, and Ma … and The Seeds of Life.

17 Jan 2022 - 6:04PM
Popular Hong Kong Island gastropub Second Draft to close in the face of a rent rise

Second Draft in Tai Hang, which pairs Hong Kong craft brewery Young Master Ales’ beers with fusion Chinese dishes created by chef May Chow, will close after six years.

Second Draft in Tai Hang, which pairs Hong Kong craft brewery Young Master Ales’ beers with fusion Chinese dishes created by chef May Chow, will close after six years.

13 Jan 2022 - 8:58PM
Lockdown bonus: Hong Kong fitness and yoga chains offer free online classes – and you don’t have to be a member to see them

With gyms in Hong Kong closed again to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a major fitness and yoga chain offers members and non-members alike free online classes.

With gyms in Hong Kong closed again to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, a major fitness and yoga chain offers members and non-members alike free online classes.

13 Jan 2022 - 8:43AM
Profile | Nordic cuisine chef on pickling, fermentation, and swapping 17-hour restaurant shifts for private catering in Hong Kong

A late bloomer at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris, chef Gabriel Chung tells Bernice Chan about 17-hour days, swapping restaurant kitchens for private catering, and how he got into pickling and fermentation.

A late bloomer at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris, chef Gabriel Chung tells Bernice Chan about 17-hour days, swapping restaurant kitchens for private catering, and how he got into pickling and fermentation.

13 Jan 2022 - 4:30PM
Hong Kong protests, pandemic, squeezed profits: closure of La Rotisserie, French roast chicken chain, ends three-year struggle to survive

Known for its French-style poultry, quiches and salads, La Rotisserie in Hong Kong shuts on January 7. Two co-founders reflect on their struggle with protests, the pandemic and delivery firms’ squeeze on profits.

Known for its French-style poultry, quiches and salads, La Rotisserie in Hong Kong shuts on January 7. Two co-founders reflect on their struggle with protests, the pandemic and delivery firms’ squeeze on profits.

8 Jan 2022 - 10:18AM
Profile | Korean fast food pioneer in Hong Kong on proving herself to her mother and her fast pivot to selling supermarket and online meals in the pandemic

Milie Kim, the owner of 19 restaurants including Kim’s Bowl, Korea House and Kim’s Spoon, tells Bernice Chan about launching Korean fast food in Hong Kong and winning over her sceptical mother.

Milie Kim, the owner of 19 restaurants including Kim’s Bowl, Korea House and Kim’s Spoon, tells Bernice Chan about launching Korean fast food in Hong Kong and winning over her sceptical mother.

28 Dec 2021 - 1:25PM
Why fine dining is thriving in Hong Kong two years into pandemic: chefs tell Discovery Channel show how they innovated – and how diners showed their appreciation

Hong Kong is the envy of the culinary world – its fine-dining restaurants are thriving, and more have opened, deep into a global pandemic. Discovery Channel goes in search of their secret sauce.

Hong Kong is the envy of the culinary world – its fine-dining restaurants are thriving, and more have opened, deep into a global pandemic. Discovery Channel goes in search of their secret sauce.

27 Dec 2021 - 2:27PM
These robots in hotels and restaurants are controlled by real people – how remote jobs are giving 2 paraplegic Hongkongers a new lease of life

Paraplegics Kwan Siu-fai and Lau Pui-nam remotely operate customer service robots at a restaurant and a Hyatt hotel, part of an initiative created by a Singaporean entrepreneur.

Paraplegics Kwan Siu-fai and Lau Pui-nam remotely operate customer service robots at a restaurant and a Hyatt hotel, part of an initiative created by a Singaporean entrepreneur.

23 Dec 2021 - 4:14PM
‘Avatars’ roll in restaurant that uses robotics to create jobs for disabled, homebound workers

Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise serving Singaporean street food in Hong Kong’s bustling Kowloon neighbourhood of Mong Kok. What sets it apart are its remote-controlled robots operated by homebound disabled employees. Inspired by the disabled character in the film Avatar, the eatery has developed a system that allows even paraplegic workers to move freely, greeting customers, guiding them to their tables, answering queries and taking orders.

Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise serving Singaporean street food in Hong Kong’s bustling Kowloon neighbourhood of Mong Kok. What sets it apart are its remote-controlled robots operated by homebound disabled employees. Inspired by the disabled character in the film Avatar, the eatery has developed a system that allows even paraplegic workers to move freely, greeting customers, guiding them to their tables, answering queries and taking orders.

23 Dec 2021 - 2:06PM
History buffs bring World War II Battle of Hong Kong to life with tours of military sites and by sharing the accounts of soldiers who fought Japanese invasion

History enthusiasts who met on Facebook lead tours of wartime sites such as the old Mount Davis gun battery and share personal accounts of the Battle of Hong Kong in a Facebook group.

History enthusiasts who met on Facebook lead tours of wartime sites such as the old Mount Davis gun battery and share personal accounts of the Battle of Hong Kong in a Facebook group.

15 Dec 2021 - 3:27PM
Profile | Mandarin Oriental pastry chef on catering for a Thai princess, his training under Michelin-star chefs Michel Troisgros and Régis Marcon, and Christmas feasts in France

Christophe Sapy, the French executive pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about learning from others and passing on his knowledge, and catering to a Thai princess.

Christophe Sapy, the French executive pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about learning from others and passing on his knowledge, and catering to a Thai princess.

14 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM
Vera Wang, fashion designer, opens up about her Chinese heritage, the pandemic and the future

Vera Wang is busier than ever despite the Covid-19 pandemic – she’s dressed Bill Gates’ daughter for her wedding, celebrities for the red carpet and spoken up on anti-Asian racism.

Vera Wang is busier than ever despite the Covid-19 pandemic – she’s dressed Bill Gates’ daughter for her wedding, celebrities for the red carpet and spoken up on anti-Asian racism.

12 Dec 2021 - 11:29AM
Profile | Tempura chef on the tricks of the trade, experimenting with ingredients like fish maw, and why eel is his favourite food

Kris Wong Ming-yin, the head chef at Wa-En Kappo in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about perfecting his tempura skills and why he loves Japanese ingredients.

Kris Wong Ming-yin, the head chef at Wa-En Kappo in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about perfecting his tempura skills and why he loves Japanese ingredients.

7 Dec 2021 - 6:02PM
Profile | Hyatt Regency chef in Hong Kong on working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and falling in love with cooking because ‘there’s fire everywhere’

Karl Steele, chef de cuisine at Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, talks about his mother’s terrible meals and working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck.

Karl Steele, chef de cuisine at Hugo’s at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, talks about his mother’s terrible meals and working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck.

30 Nov 2021 - 12:45PM
Vegan desserts, cakes, chocolate and cookies at Hong Kong pop-up by ex-Rosewood pastry chef, who says: ‘I never thought I would do this’

German chef Holger Deh’s new line of plant-based goodies – available at Pacific Place from December 2 – was inspired by a vegan couple saying nothing he made was suitable for them.

German chef Holger Deh’s new line of plant-based goodies – available at Pacific Place from December 2 – was inspired by a vegan couple saying nothing he made was suitable for them.

30 Nov 2021 - 8:15AM
A landmark of Hong Kong’s dining scene, Yung Kee restaurant looks to the future by celebrating the past

Roast goose restaurant Yung Kee, a landmark of the Hong Kong dining scene for generations, recently reopened following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Roast goose restaurant Yung Kee, a landmark of the Hong Kong dining scene for generations, recently reopened following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

30 Nov 2021 - 5:36PM
Profile | Why a Michelin-star French chef prefers bistro cooking, and the secret to the croque-monsieur his team at Ami in Hong Kong serve

Nicholas Boutin, the 52-year-old executive chef of Épure and Ami, tells Bernice Chan about working in paradise, and his love of ‘bistronomie’ – ‘‘food is food, when it’s good, it’s good’.

Nicholas Boutin, the 52-year-old executive chef of Épure and Ami, tells Bernice Chan about working in paradise, and his love of ‘bistronomie’ – ‘‘food is food, when it’s good, it’s good’.

23 Nov 2021 - 5:47PM
Hong Kong happy hours app to help users find drink deals near them has over 400 bars signed up as its official launch nears

Happy Hour Hong Kong is an app that tells you which bars are offering special deals in your area and how to get to them. It officially launches on November 27.

Happy Hour Hong Kong is an app that tells you which bars are offering special deals in your area and how to get to them. It officially launches on November 27.

22 Nov 2021 - 5:45PM
Shorter work week at Hong Kong restaurants for staff health and well-being – mental and physical – keeps them fresh and focused

Top restaurants in Hong Kong have cut the working week to five, or even four, days to provide their staff a decent break, given their working days are long and taxing.

Top restaurants in Hong Kong have cut the working week to five, or even four, days to provide their staff a decent break, given their working days are long and taxing.

17 Nov 2021 - 7:52AM
Profile | Michelin-star Korean chef on the joy of being in Hong Kong, his not-so-simple food and how seaweed works like MSG

Korean chef Sung Anh, who is opening a branch of his two-Michelin-star Mosu Seoul restaurant at M+ museum, tells Bernice Chan why simple dishes are the hardest to make, and about the importance of seaweed.

Korean chef Sung Anh, who is opening a branch of his two-Michelin-star Mosu Seoul restaurant at M+ museum, tells Bernice Chan why simple dishes are the hardest to make, and about the importance of seaweed.

16 Nov 2021 - 12:26PM
Profile | French chef in Hong Kong on how Joël Robuchon ‘made me a chef’, how Alain Ducasse is always eating, and why the devil is in the detail

Alexandre Viriot, chef de cuisine at Popinjays at The Murray hotel, in Central, tells Bernice Chan how Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse influenced his cooking.

Alexandre Viriot, chef de cuisine at Popinjays at The Murray hotel, in Central, tells Bernice Chan how Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse influenced his cooking.

9 Nov 2021 - 12:15PM
2 new Hong Kong restaurants to replace Hutong, Aqua, which are moving – founder David Yeo explains why, and what to expect from their replacements

Hutong and Aqua’s new location has panoramic views and three outdoor terraces, Aqua Group founder David Yeo says; a Chinese and an Italian restaurant will take their place.

Hutong and Aqua’s new location has panoramic views and three outdoor terraces, Aqua Group founder David Yeo says; a Chinese and an Italian restaurant will take their place.

9 Nov 2021 - 7:15AM
Profile | French chef in Hong Kong on what she learned from Joël Robuchon, what it’s like being a woman head chef, and her cooking philosophy at Odyssée

Aurelie Altemaire, chef de cuisine at Odyssée in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about getting respect, and her cooking philosophy.

Aurelie Altemaire, chef de cuisine at Odyssée in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, tells Bernice Chan about getting respect, and her cooking philosophy.

2 Nov 2021 - 12:15PM
Gaggan Anand on fine dining after Covid-19, the racism of the Michelin Guide, and how diners at his Singapore pop-up will be in for a surprise

Indian celebrity chef Gaggan Anand talks to the Post’s Yonden Lhatoo about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on fine dining, the Bangkok restaurant he put in mothballs and his upcoming Singapore pop-up.

Indian celebrity chef Gaggan Anand talks to the Post’s Yonden Lhatoo about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on fine dining, the Bangkok restaurant he put in mothballs and his upcoming Singapore pop-up.

31 Oct 2021 - 3:36AM
Profile | When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were his neighbours: French chef in Hong Kong Maxime Gilbert talks madness on the Med, Michelin stars and learning from Yannick Alléno

Maxime Gilbert, executive chef of Écriture, tells Bernice Chan about living next to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and his 10 years working with Yannick Alléno at Le Meurice in Paris and in Marrakech.

Maxime Gilbert, executive chef of Écriture, tells Bernice Chan about living next to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and his 10 years working with Yannick Alléno at Le Meurice in Paris and in Marrakech.

2 Nov 2021 - 10:46AM