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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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.

8 Oct 2020 - 7:44PM

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
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.

16 Sep 2020 - 9:00PM

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
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.

3 Sep 2020 - 6:11PM

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
‘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.

27 Aug 2020 - 7:11PM

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
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.

31 Aug 2020 - 6:41PM

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
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.

20 Aug 2020 - 8:34AM

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
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.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:17PM

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
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.

13 Jul 2020 - 3:31PM

‘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
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.

5 Jun 2020 - 12:39PM

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
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.

16 May 2020 - 8:14PM

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
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.

14 May 2020 - 9:03PM

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
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.

9 Apr 2020 - 7:46PM

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
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

16 Mar 2020 - 4:20PM

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
Asia’s 7 top emerging foodie travel destinations – from Mongolia to Myanmar, and Cambodia to Changsha, China

The world’s most populous continent is far less discovered than you might think – from remote islands and eco-getaways to city skyscrapers, here’s our pick of 7 emerging restaurants and resorts serious foodies need to know about

5 Mar 2020 - 4:00PM

The world’s most populous continent is far less discovered than you might think – from remote islands and eco-getaways to city skyscrapers, here’s our pick of 7 emerging restaurants and resorts serious foodies need to know about

Asia’s 7 top emerging foodie travel destinations – from Mongolia to Myanmar, and Cambodia to Changsha, China
After coronavirus – why Okinawa should be on your 2020 travel list (one reason: it’s barely two hours from Hong Kong)

Do not let the coronavirus thwart your holiday plans – Okinawa’s beaches, nightlife and restaurants offer options for travel any time of year

9 Mar 2020 - 4:04PM

Do not let the coronavirus thwart your holiday plans – Okinawa’s beaches, nightlife and restaurants offer options for travel any time of year

After coronavirus – why Okinawa should be on your 2020 travel list (one reason: it’s barely two hours from Hong Kong)
Why Peru is a foodie destination: ceviche, piranha and high-altitude potatoes at two of the top 10 restaurants in the world

Peru has two of the world’s 10 best restaurants, and a long list of unique ingredients. We visit Central and Maido restaurants in Lima and sample some of Peru’s exotic dishes.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:45AM

Peru has two of the world’s 10 best restaurants, and a long list of unique ingredients. We visit Central and Maido restaurants in Lima and sample some of Peru’s exotic dishes.

Why Peru is a foodie destination: ceviche, piranha and high-altitude potatoes at two of the top 10 restaurants in the world
Japanese food in Okinawa: we try the healthy, local dishes believed to boost longevity

Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 84, something widely credited to the Japanese region’s food, and one hotel is offering a programme where visitors can experience the local cuisine and lifestyle for themselves.

2 Jan 2020 - 8:07PM

Okinawans have an average life expectancy of 84, something widely credited to the Japanese region’s food, and one hotel is offering a programme where visitors can experience the local cuisine and lifestyle for themselves.

Japanese food in Okinawa: we try the healthy, local dishes believed to boost longevity
Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate

Who needs fine dining after a day on the ski slopes? We sample yakitori chicken skewers, sushi, and superb soba noodles in and around the Hokkaido snow resort.

6 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM

Who needs fine dining after a day on the ski slopes? We sample yakitori chicken skewers, sushi, and superb soba noodles in and around the Hokkaido snow resort.

Where to eat when you’re skiing in Niseko, Japan: good value sushi, delicate tempura, and the best soba noodles Anthony Bourdain ever ate
Where to eat in Singapore: three of the hottest restaurants right now, from seafood in Raffles Singapore’s BBR to healthy eats in Cook & Tras Social Library

Alain Ducasse brings Mediterranean flair to Raffles Singapore, Odette graduate’s Esora is Michelin-worthy, Cook & Tras Library in Chinatown offers ‘clean’ cooking and decadent delights.

28 Nov 2019 - 6:57PM

Alain Ducasse brings Mediterranean flair to Raffles Singapore, Odette graduate’s Esora is Michelin-worthy, Cook & Tras Library in Chinatown offers ‘clean’ cooking and decadent delights.

Where to eat in Singapore: three of the hottest restaurants right now, from seafood in Raffles Singapore’s BBR to healthy eats in Cook & Tras Social Library
Why sustainable restaurants in Hong Kong, Bali and elsewhere find it hard to go zero-waste completely

Although famed chefs and restaurants, including Amber’s Richard Ekkebus in Hong Kong, are making strides, many find becoming ‘zero-waste’ incredibly difficult

25 Nov 2019 - 10:06AM

Although famed chefs and restaurants, including Amber’s Richard Ekkebus in Hong Kong, are making strides, many find becoming ‘zero-waste’ incredibly difficult

Why sustainable restaurants in Hong Kong, Bali and elsewhere find it hard to go zero-waste completely
Forget Michelin stars, these three Tokyo restaurants serve up dishes to remember

The Japanese capital has over 80 restaurants with Michelin stars, but Sushi Shin, Inua and Motif are not among them. If it’s innovative cuisine and creative cooking you’re after, though, then look no further.

1 Nov 2019 - 12:30PM

The Japanese capital has over 80 restaurants with Michelin stars, but Sushi Shin, Inua and Motif are not among them. If it’s innovative cuisine and creative cooking you’re after, though, then look no further.

Forget Michelin stars, these three Tokyo restaurants serve up dishes to remember
From Tim Ho Wan to Mott 32, the Hong Kong restaurants taking on the world

From Peking duck in New York to barbecue pork buns in Sydney, a number of Hong Kong restaurants are growing their brands internationally – something more important than ever given business lost from the ongoing protests.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:28PM

From Peking duck in New York to barbecue pork buns in Sydney, a number of Hong Kong restaurants are growing their brands internationally – something more important than ever given business lost from the ongoing protests.

From Tim Ho Wan to Mott 32, the Hong Kong restaurants taking on the world
Thomas Keller, David Chang, José Andrés restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York: what it’s like to eat there

Keller’s retro American country club classics, Chang’s fine-dining concept Kawi, and traditional Spanish cuisine from Andrés delight the taste buds at New York’s new multibillion-dollar development.

27 Sep 2019 - 6:42PM

Keller’s retro American country club classics, Chang’s fine-dining concept Kawi, and traditional Spanish cuisine from Andrés delight the taste buds at New York’s new multibillion-dollar development.

Thomas Keller, David Chang, José Andrés restaurants at Hudson Yards, New York: what it’s like to eat there
‘Little Martha Stewart’ chef brings la dolce vita and her love of genuine Italian cuisine to her restaurants in the Philippines

Philippine chef Margarita Forés learned about Italian food at source: from Italians in Italy. In her restaurants and bistros, she blends Italian dishes with produce from her home country.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:04PM

Philippine chef Margarita Forés learned about Italian food at source: from Italians in Italy. In her restaurants and bistros, she blends Italian dishes with produce from her home country.

‘Little Martha Stewart’ chef brings la dolce vita and her love of genuine Italian cuisine to her restaurants in the Philippines
9 of the world’s swankiest five-star art hotels filled with multimillion dollar collections

From Rosewood Hong Kong to New York’s Baccarat Hotel, these properties boast gorgeous works by famous artists including William Low, Anish Kapoor and Fernando Botero

5 Aug 2019 - 1:02PM

From Rosewood Hong Kong to New York’s Baccarat Hotel, these properties boast gorgeous works by famous artists including William Low, Anish Kapoor and Fernando Botero

9 of the world’s swankiest five-star art hotels filled with multimillion dollar collections
The best food in the Maldives: seafood, coconut and chilli-flavoured dishes ... in a hospital canteen

Head to the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Malé to appreciate the essence of Maldivian food – spicy coconut tuna salad with roti bread – then try a vegetarian garden experience and a nine-course fine-dining degustation menu. Every bite is a delight.

19 Jul 2019 - 5:20PM

Head to the Indira Gandhi Hospital in Malé to appreciate the essence of Maldivian food – spicy coconut tuna salad with roti bread – then try a vegetarian garden experience and a nine-course fine-dining degustation menu. Every bite is a delight.

The best food in the Maldives: seafood, coconut and chilli-flavoured dishes ... in a hospital canteen
Traditional food in Bali: spice, coconut, and intuition go into dishes that are offerings to the gods

Eating is not a means of sustenance but of honouring ourselves, nature and gods, says a descendant of Balinese royalty who’s on a mission to explain the traditional cuisine of the island, built around spices and the freshest ingredients.

4 Jul 2019 - 7:34PM

Eating is not a means of sustenance but of honouring ourselves, nature and gods, says a descendant of Balinese royalty who’s on a mission to explain the traditional cuisine of the island, built around spices and the freshest ingredients.

Traditional food in Bali: spice, coconut, and intuition go into dishes that are offerings to the gods
Three of the hottest Los Angeles Asian restaurants – best dishes at Nightshade, Ma’am Sir, Baroo Canteen

Nightshade for contemporary Cantonese cooking with a twist, Ma’am Sir for new takes on Filipino favourites, Baroo Canteen for a globetrotting Korean couple’s fusion fare – we sample some of their most talked about menu items.

27 Jun 2019 - 7:24PM

Nightshade for contemporary Cantonese cooking with a twist, Ma’am Sir for new takes on Filipino favourites, Baroo Canteen for a globetrotting Korean couple’s fusion fare – we sample some of their most talked about menu items.

Three of the hottest Los Angeles Asian restaurants – best dishes at Nightshade, Ma’am Sir, Baroo Canteen
Ultimate camping holiday: US$1,600 a night to sleep in a tent, but oh, what a tent – a ger on the Mongolian steppe

Mandala Nomadic sets up traditional tents, or gers, on the Mongolian steppe, complete with en-suite facilities, and encourages guests to engage with nearby nomadic families.

30 May 2019 - 4:45PM

Mandala Nomadic sets up traditional tents, or gers, on the Mongolian steppe, complete with en-suite facilities, and encourages guests to engage with nearby nomadic families.

Ultimate camping holiday: US$1,600 a night to sleep in a tent, but oh, what a tent – a ger on the Mongolian steppe
6 new Sydney hotels to check into for the ultimate city escape

Take a look at these unpretentious and stylish places for a generous serving of laid-back Australian vibe and culture

29 May 2019 - 4:43AM

Take a look at these unpretentious and stylish places for a generous serving of laid-back Australian vibe and culture

6 new Sydney hotels to check into for the ultimate city escape