Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer

Chris Dwyer has lived in Hong Kong since 2005 and writes on travel and food for platforms including CNN, BBC and South China Morning Post. He has visited 80 countries to date and aims to double that, but still maintains that the only way is Essex.

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Stuck in Hong Kong, 8 chefs on what they miss most from home, from chicken rice in Singapore and fish and chips in Britain to white sandy beaches in India

From chicken rice in Singapore and fish and chips in Britain to white sandy beaches in India, these kitchen artists rave about things they can’t wait to get back to in their homelands.

From chicken rice in Singapore and fish and chips in Britain to white sandy beaches in India, these kitchen artists rave about things they can’t wait to get back to in their homelands.

Stuck in Hong Kong, 8 chefs on what they miss most from home, from chicken rice in Singapore and fish and chips in Britain to white sandy beaches in India
19 Sep 2021 - 4:15PM
From port wine to Thai spices, inspirations from this chef’s time abroad shape his ever-evolving Michelin menu

Even after four decades in the business, chef Jackie Ho of Lai Heen Cantonese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, wants to learn more, boldly experimenting with flavours encountered on his travels.

Even after four decades in the business, chef Jackie Ho of Lai Heen Cantonese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, wants to learn more, boldly experimenting with flavours encountered on his travels.

From port wine to Thai spices, inspirations from this chef’s time abroad shape his ever-evolving Michelin menu
13 Sep 2021 - 5:50PM
Travellers stranded overseas and trying to return to Hong Kong share their nightmares

Hong Kong’s sudden change to quarantine rules has left travellers stranded around the world. Four returning travellers share their horror stories trying to rearrange flights and hotels.

Hong Kong’s sudden change to quarantine rules has left travellers stranded around the world. Four returning travellers share their horror stories trying to rearrange flights and hotels.

Travellers stranded overseas and trying to return to Hong Kong share their nightmares
11 Sep 2021 - 2:25PM
Hong Kong hidden gems: locavore cooking on a beach, an Indian-Afghan private kitchen and Mediterranean classics on a beach

Instead of heading to your usual restaurants in Hong Kong, seek out these hidden gems – we sample an Indian-Afghan private kitchen, locavore cooking and barbecue on a beach in the New Territories and Lantau.

Instead of heading to your usual restaurants in Hong Kong, seek out these hidden gems – we sample an Indian-Afghan private kitchen, locavore cooking and barbecue on a beach in the New Territories and Lantau.

Hong Kong hidden gems: locavore cooking on a beach, an Indian-Afghan private kitchen and Mediterranean classics on a beach
9 Sep 2021 - 11:10AM
The best thing about travel in summer 2021? Seeing family and friends for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and new places - five Hong Kong travellers on their journeys

The food, catching up with friends and family, meeting people and seeing new places, just the act of getting away from Hong Kong – recent travellers tell us what’s best about their trips.

The food, catching up with friends and family, meeting people and seeing new places, just the act of getting away from Hong Kong – recent travellers tell us what’s best about their trips.

The best thing about travel in summer 2021? Seeing family and friends for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and new places - five Hong Kong travellers on their journeys
17 Aug 2021 - 12:16AM
Profile | Pan Am flight attendant’s high life in 1960s Hong Kong, flying Vietnam war troops for R&R, and the welcome that surprised her when she went back to Vietnam decades later

Former Pan Am flight attendant Anne Sweeney tells Chris Dwyer about serving American soldiers during the Vietnam war, teaching her Hong Kong ‘cook boy’ to make a BLT, and the welcome she got this century upon her return to Vietnam.

Former Pan Am flight attendant Anne Sweeney tells Chris Dwyer about serving American soldiers during the Vietnam war, teaching her Hong Kong ‘cook boy’ to make a BLT, and the welcome she got this century upon her return to Vietnam.

Pan Am flight attendant’s high life in 1960s Hong Kong, flying Vietnam war troops for R&R, and the welcome that surprised her when she went back to Vietnam decades later
12 Jun 2021 - 1:18PM
Three Hong Kong restaurants where husbands and wives work together, and how their relationships survive the pressures of the job

Three couples who work together in top Hong Kong restaurants, talk about the chemistry that allows their relationships to thrive amid the pressures of their trade.

Three couples who work together in top Hong Kong restaurants, talk about the chemistry that allows their relationships to thrive amid the pressures of their trade.

Three Hong Kong restaurants where husbands and wives work together, and how their relationships survive the pressures of the job
20 May 2021 - 6:23PM
Where to eat food from Ukraine, Ghana and Myanmar in Hong Kong

The diversity of cuisines served in Hong Kong never ceases to surprise visitors. From Ukrainian comfort food to Burmese pork stew and jollof rice from Ghana, we are introduced to some new flavours.

The diversity of cuisines served in Hong Kong never ceases to surprise visitors. From Ukrainian comfort food to Burmese pork stew and jollof rice from Ghana, we are introduced to some new flavours.

Where to eat food from Ukraine, Ghana and Myanmar in Hong Kong
14 May 2021 - 12:25PM
How Queen Elizabeth spends her millions: she might have the crown jewels, castles and palaces, but she’s still pretty frugal at heart

Wine, pens and a lot of garden parties: the British monarch’s Sovereign Grant provides millions for everything from stationery and travel to entertainment, wine and spirits

Wine, pens and a lot of garden parties: the British monarch’s Sovereign Grant provides millions for everything from stationery and travel to entertainment, wine and spirits

How Queen Elizabeth spends her millions: she might have the crown jewels, castles and palaces, but she’s still pretty frugal at heart
13 May 2021 - 6:00AM
Opinion | Moscow the world’s third-best ‘self-care capital’, whatever that is ... Yes, really

Covid-19 has forced travel marketers to get creative, and a recent top 25 list from Britain, ‘Self-care capitals of the world for 2021’ used some intriguing criteria to produce some interesting results.

Covid-19 has forced travel marketers to get creative, and a recent top 25 list from Britain, ‘Self-care capitals of the world for 2021’ used some intriguing criteria to produce some interesting results.

Moscow the world’s third-best ‘self-care capital’, whatever that is ... Yes, really
2 Feb 2021 - 1:56AM
New vegan and vegetarian restaurant menus in Hong Kong that are winning hearts and bellies, from plant-based Cantonese fine dining to fake foie gras

From clever and playful raw vegan creations to plant-based Cantonese fine dining, restaurants are offering new vegan and vegetarian experiences to entice diners.

From clever and playful raw vegan creations to plant-based Cantonese fine dining, restaurants are offering new vegan and vegetarian experiences to entice diners.

New vegan and vegetarian restaurant menus in Hong Kong that are winning hearts and bellies, from plant-based Cantonese fine dining to fake foie gras
28 Jan 2021 - 12:47PM
Hongkongers eat the equivalent of two hamburgers each every day – does the city consume too much beef?

Hongkongers eat the equivalent of two hamburgers each every day – does the city have a dangerous obsession with feasting on the cow?

Hongkongers eat the equivalent of two hamburgers each every day – does the city have a dangerous obsession with feasting on the cow?

Hongkongers eat the equivalent of two hamburgers each every day – does the city consume too much beef?
14 Jan 2021 - 10:00AM
Chefs who cooked for Bill Clinton, the queen and Prince Charles, and celebrities like Justin Timberlake, on the challenges of catering to the mega-rich and famous

A cup of tea with Prince Charles, forgotten lemon tarts passed under London’s Tower Bridge – chefs who have catered for the super-rich look back at the exclusive events they’ve been a part of.

A cup of tea with Prince Charles, forgotten lemon tarts passed under London’s Tower Bridge – chefs who have catered for the super-rich look back at the exclusive events they’ve been a part of.

Chefs who cooked for Bill Clinton, the queen and Prince Charles, and celebrities like Justin Timberlake, on the challenges of catering to the mega-rich and famous
7 Jan 2021 - 8:32PM
Baguettes, rye bread, pastries, honey cake – three artisan bakers in Hong Kong whose loaves and Viennoiserie fly off the shelves

Home baking trended in 2020, but that didn’t slow down business at artisan bakeries in Hong Kong. Using the best ingredients and time-honoured recipes, they bake bread and pastries which their customers buy straight from the oven.

Home baking trended in 2020, but that didn’t slow down business at artisan bakeries in Hong Kong. Using the best ingredients and time-honoured recipes, they bake bread and pastries which their customers buy straight from the oven.

Baguettes, rye bread, pastries, honey cake – three artisan bakers in Hong Kong whose loaves and Viennoiserie fly off the shelves
3 Mar 2021 - 2:33PM
Three modern maitre d’s on the challenges of delivering good restaurant service and the ‘theatre of dining’

Ensuring a restaurant service runs smoothly and every guest is happy is not a job for the faint-hearted. We talk to three maître d’s about their duties and why they are so passionate about their careers.

Ensuring a restaurant service runs smoothly and every guest is happy is not a job for the faint-hearted. We talk to three maître d’s about their duties and why they are so passionate about their careers.

Three modern maitre d’s on the challenges of delivering good restaurant service and the ‘theatre of dining’
4 Dec 2020 - 12:27PM
Pigeon, hare, partridge and grouse – chefs relish wild game season and the challenge of cooking it right

Autumn is game season, and chefs around the world are adding wild meat to their menus. We talk to some of Hong Kong’s top chefs about their favourite game dishes.

Autumn is game season, and chefs around the world are adding wild meat to their menus. We talk to some of Hong Kong’s top chefs about their favourite game dishes.

Pigeon, hare, partridge and grouse – chefs relish wild game season and the challenge of cooking it right
6 Nov 2020 - 6:05PM
Why China loves durian, the smelly fruit popular in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia but banned in hotels and on public transport in many countries across Asia

Durian may be banned in hotels and on public transport in several countries across the region, but the stinky Southeast Asian fruit is only growing in popularity

Durian may be banned in hotels and on public transport in several countries across the region, but the stinky Southeast Asian fruit is only growing in popularity

Why China loves durian, the smelly fruit popular in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia but banned in hotels and on public transport in many countries across Asia
27 Oct 2020 - 4:24PM
How family-style staff meals at restaurants help teams bond and give everyone, not just chefs, a chance to show their cooking skills

From a chicken curry that led to the opening of Sri Lankan restaurant Hotal Colombo to wagyu burgers made from leftovers at Écriture, Hong Kong chefs explain why the daily staff meal – also known as the family meal – is so important.

From a chicken curry that led to the opening of Sri Lankan restaurant Hotal Colombo to wagyu burgers made from leftovers at Écriture, Hong Kong chefs explain why the daily staff meal – also known as the family meal – is so important.

How family-style staff meals at restaurants help teams bond and give everyone, not just chefs, a chance to show their cooking skills
8 Oct 2020 - 7:44PM
Three chefs on the challenges of opening restaurants amid Covid-19 pandemic, and how they have had to adapt

Three chefs who have opened restaurants in Hong Kong since the coronavirus pandemic began have all had to be quick on their feet, adapting concepts, changing menus and adding takeaway options.

Three chefs who have opened restaurants in Hong Kong since the coronavirus pandemic began have all had to be quick on their feet, adapting concepts, changing menus and adding takeaway options.

Three chefs on the challenges of opening restaurants amid Covid-19 pandemic, and how they have had to adapt
16 Sep 2020 - 9:00PM
Three chefs on dishes inspired by their grandmothers – grilled fish, minced pork rice, and pâté

Where do chefs get their inspiration from? If you ask these three Hong Kong chefs, they will tell you it’s their grandmother’s cooking – from a Taiwanese rice dish to a grilled fish that would be marinated for a full day.

Where do chefs get their inspiration from? If you ask these three Hong Kong chefs, they will tell you it’s their grandmother’s cooking – from a Taiwanese rice dish to a grilled fish that would be marinated for a full day.

Three chefs on dishes inspired by their grandmothers – grilled fish, minced pork rice, and pâté
3 Sep 2020 - 6:11PM
‘Where the new wave of South American cuisine started’: three chefs from the continent on food they love to cook

Think South America, and dishes that make the food of Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela special. Chefs Agustin Balbi at Ando in Hong Kong, Abel Ortiz Alvarez at Chullschick and Ricardo Chaneton of Mono explain.

Think South America, and dishes that make the food of Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela special. Chefs Agustin Balbi at Ando in Hong Kong, Abel Ortiz Alvarez at Chullschick and Ricardo Chaneton of Mono explain.

‘Where the new wave of South American cuisine started’: three chefs from the continent on food they love to cook
27 Aug 2020 - 7:11PM
How the first person to have eaten at every three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the world survived lockdown

London-based Andy Hayler first embarked on his quest to eat at all of Michelin’s highest awarded restaurants on the planet in 2004, and has kept it up ever since, until the coronavirus caused some cancellations.

London-based Andy Hayler first embarked on his quest to eat at all of Michelin’s highest awarded restaurants on the planet in 2004, and has kept it up ever since, until the coronavirus caused some cancellations.

How the first person to have eaten at every three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the world survived lockdown
17 Dec 2020 - 11:44AM
Five frequent travellers in Asia grounded by Covid-19 discover destinations on the doorstep

Grounded by the coronavirus, travellers are looking at where they live through fresh eyes and finding new ways to satisfy their appetites for journeys.

Grounded by the coronavirus, travellers are looking at where they live through fresh eyes and finding new ways to satisfy their appetites for journeys.

Five frequent travellers in Asia grounded by Covid-19 discover destinations on the doorstep
20 Aug 2020 - 8:34AM
Why tofu is terrific: dishes and health benefits revealed in a taste journey through Hong Kong, from mapo tofu to tofu pudding

Versatile, healthy and a great vehicle for creativity and flavour, tofu is used in delicious dishes from mapo tofu to tofu pudding. We go on a trip through Hong Kong to see it being made and visit restaurants celebrating the ingredient.

Versatile, healthy and a great vehicle for creativity and flavour, tofu is used in delicious dishes from mapo tofu to tofu pudding. We go on a trip through Hong Kong to see it being made and visit restaurants celebrating the ingredient.

Why tofu is terrific: dishes and health benefits revealed in a taste journey through Hong Kong, from mapo tofu to tofu pudding
24 Jul 2020 - 12:17PM
MasterChef UK finalist, Macau-born Sandy Tang, on pork buns and the terror of cooking on TV

‘When I was a kid we used to watch MasterChef together on TVB Pearl. Fast forward 15 years and I’m on the show!’ says Sandy Tang.

‘When I was a kid we used to watch MasterChef together on TVB Pearl. Fast forward 15 years and I’m on the show!’ says Sandy Tang.

MasterChef UK finalist, Macau-born Sandy Tang, on pork buns and the terror of cooking on TV
13 Jul 2020 - 3:31PM
Classic Italian dishes and the chefs who make them - what’s special about this regional fare

Cappelletti with a white ragu, a homage to Florentine garganelli, deconstructed vitello tonnato – Italian chefs in Hong Kong on the secrets to four regional Italian dishes.

Cappelletti with a white ragu, a homage to Florentine garganelli, deconstructed vitello tonnato – Italian chefs in Hong Kong on the secrets to four regional Italian dishes.

Classic Italian dishes and the chefs who make them - what’s special about this regional fare
5 Jun 2020 - 12:39PM
Remote Asia: three wilderness destinations that offer mountains, islands, or steppe for solitude and reflection when flights resume

For off-grid experiences that offer solitude and the chance for reflection, try the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the grasslands of Mongolia, and the Himalayan vistas of Bhutan.

For off-grid experiences that offer solitude and the chance for reflection, try the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, the grasslands of Mongolia, and the Himalayan vistas of Bhutan.

Remote Asia: three wilderness destinations that offer mountains, islands, or steppe for solitude and reflection when flights resume
16 May 2020 - 8:14PM
The first place they’d fly to for a memorable meal: Hong Kong chefs pick Bangkok for pad Thai, Tokyo for French food, abalone in Seoul, a Kyoto kaiseki feast

When flights resume after coronavirus, these Hong Kong chefs yearn for classic Thai food in Bangkok, beef carpaccio in Tokyo, and minimalist Korean fare in Seoul.

When flights resume after coronavirus, these Hong Kong chefs yearn for classic Thai food in Bangkok, beef carpaccio in Tokyo, and minimalist Korean fare in Seoul.

The first place they’d fly to for a memorable meal: Hong Kong chefs pick Bangkok for pad Thai, Tokyo for French food, abalone in Seoul, a Kyoto kaiseki feast
14 May 2020 - 9:03PM
Best comfort food: 6 top chefs on their favourite childhood dishes, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings

Six of Hong Kong’s top chefs from six different countries reveal the comfort foods they turn to when looking for a taste of home, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings.

Six of Hong Kong’s top chefs from six different countries reveal the comfort foods they turn to when looking for a taste of home, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings.

Best comfort food: 6 top chefs on their favourite childhood dishes, from British bangers and mash to traditional Chinese dumplings
9 Apr 2020 - 7:46PM
5 wellness escapes in Japan where you can avoid the sporting hullabaloo of the Olympic Games – if they aren’t called off due to coronavirus

While the coronavirus cloud may hang over this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, here are some great escapes around Japan where you can kick back in style

While the coronavirus cloud may hang over this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, here are some great escapes around Japan where you can kick back in style

5 wellness escapes in Japan where you can avoid the sporting hullabaloo of the Olympic Games – if they aren’t called off due to coronavirus
16 Mar 2020 - 4:20PM