Exclusive Interviews with Chefs of Yardbird/Ronin and Aberdeen Street Social Ahead of Taste of Hong Kong

Exclusive Interviews with Chefs of Yardbird/Ronin and Aberdeen Street Social Ahead of Taste of Hong Kong

We snagged interviews with the chef of Yardbird/Ronin, Matt Abergel and the chef of Aberdeen Street Social, Chris Whitmore ahead of the Taste of Hong Kong Festival.

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 1 Mar '16

Taste, the renowned restaurant festival, plants its first Asian foray firmly into the grounds of Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront.

Taste Festival is now celebrated in 22 destinations internationally, from Paris, London, Rome and Dubai to Sydney, Toronto and Cape Town, becoming one of the world’s most exciting food festivals. Hong Kong will now be among Taste’s list of chosen turfs with the festival taking place from the 10th to 13th of March to celebrate the city’s exceptional food culture.

More than 40 signature dishes, some of which are one-off festival creations, will form a premium menu served by 12 of Hong Kong’s best restaurants, and attracting food fanatics from all over town. “A variety of the city’s favourites will be presented in one location for the ultimate dining experience,” says Simon Wilson, Event Director of IMG Culinary Asia.

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Acclaimed local chefs and culinary celebrities (as well as a few international ones) will be featured cooking up their fine fare, as well as offering masterclasses, selling a selection of artisanal products and interacting with festival-goers with various food and wine attractions.

We spoke with some of the chefs being featured at this year’s Taste to find out more about this fab food fest:

Yardbird/Ronin’s Matt Abergel: We are very humbled to be part of the inaugural event. In our minds, Hong Kong has always been one of the world’s best food cities and it’s wonderful to see the attention that the culinary scene here has garnered in the last few years. With the lineup of professionals on the bill, the public is in for a truly authentic and special hospitality experience.

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Corn balls at Yardbird; photo credit: thatfoodcray

Aberdeen Street Social’s Chris Whitmore: I have always enjoyed attending the London Taste festival as it is such an energetic and exciting experience bringing together so much great food in one place. I think the public will have a great time as the concept is unique, in that it gives food lovers a chance to create their own dream menu of the best dishes from some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants, all at one venue. Also the opportunity to engage with the chefs directly, it’s something people seem to love. That, combined with the many activities the Taste organisers will be laying on – music, beverage lounges, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, performances etc. will ensure a highly enjoyable time for all. Hong Kong’s dining scene is so diverse and constantly evolving - there doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without an exciting opening.

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Raw Hokkaido scallops from Aberdeen Street Social

Restaurants featured at Taste Festival:


Price: $138 / $168 (weekday and weekend)

VIP Passes: $598 / $648 (weekday and weekend)

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