We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of French chef Pascal Breant earlier this week (it’s been reported that he died in an escalator fall at Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan). He was only 52 years old but had been cooking for more than three decades, beginning his culinary career in his late teens as an apprentice at the famed Le Bristol hotel in Paris.
As recently as October 2016, we recognised Chef Breant in our Central Supping issue, our guide to the best restaurants in Central. His restaurant, Alchemy on Arbuthnot Road, is infamous for its immersive dining-in-the-dark concept, but we were most taken with the (fully lit) upstairs lounge, where Chef Breant’s innovative and beautiful Japanese-inspired small plates were the stars of the show during a weekend brunch outing (read our review here).
What happens next for Alchemy remains to be seen, but all we do know is that Chef Breant, with his passion and creativity both inside the kitchen and out, will be one tough act to follow.
Foodie sends our condolences to Chef Breant’s family, friends and colleagues for their loss.