Posts tagged Four Seasons Hong Kong

Whizzkid castling at Caprice

Fabrice VulinA job castling is currently happening in one of the Chinese world’s best restaurants. After eight years in Hong Kong as executive chef of Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel, and after capturing the peak of three Michelin stars without stepping down, Vincent Thierry has decided to accept a new challenge in Bangkok.


Thierry will be replaced by another French whizzkid: Fabrice Vulin, who has been sucessfully defeating two Michelin stars at the Relais & Chateaux hotel „Château de la Chèvre d’Or“ in Eze (South of France) for three years.


The cuisine is expected to maintain its current cuisine style, which is creative French. As Thierry has left Hong Kong already, in the meanwhile the remaining team is waving the Four Seasons flag. It consists of Jeremy Evrard (director of restaurants ), the Caprice sous chefs Cyril Boulais, Aaron Li and Chun Wai Law, and the Caprice pastry chef, Marike van Beurden. Fabrice Vulin is expected to start his service in November.


Caprice @ The Four Seasons Hong Kong


The Four Seasons HK calls for Instagram pictures



You visited Hong Kong recently and you took pictures there with your mobile phone? Then you might have what The Four Seasons Hong Kong is looking for. This noble Central district hotel launched a competition to find the best Instagram pictures of any of the following subject matter:


Tai Hang | Tai O | Lamma Island | Island tram | Victoria Harbour | Temple Street


Among several other prices the hotel will give away a two-night weekend stay in a Deluxe Harbour View Room with breakfast for two people. The closing date for entries is June 25, 2013.
You are reading this at your home in Australia or South America? Don’t ask us why you are excluded from this contest. Moreover, we will not be able to compete as the pictures you can see above were “only” shot with a Canon EOS-Camera, and not with a cell phone. Here you can read the rules in detail.


The competition on Facebook


Hong Kong’s leading role

Awards are unfair. Is the world famous “Noma” restaurant in Copenhagen really better than any other restaurant on this planet? Does Steven Spielberg really provide us with a more creative movie language, as the recent Academy Awards tried to make us believe, compared with other masters like Quentin Tarantino or Michael Haneke? The answer to these questions, let’s be honest, is probably “no”. How could you find a ranking for equally outstanding or equally creative achievements?


However, we do love awards. They help us to find reference points and to define trends. They make decisions easier. They provide journalists with something to write about, and they support the particular industry. Awards are good, and they always give a reason to party.


Recently Asia’s crème de la crème chefs and restaurant managers shook their arms and legs in Singapore. They celebrated the first revealing of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, a new ranking that was created by 900 “international leaders in the restaurant industry “, and which was organized by William Reed Business Media (more about the voting rules can be found here).


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It ranks The Landmark Mandarin Oriental‘s Amber restaurant in Hong Kong on the fourth place, making it the allegedly best dining place in China. The most often named location on the list is Singapore (10), followed by Hong Kong (9), Tokyo (7), and Shanghai and Bangkok (each with 5). Remarkably, also a restaurant from Hangzhou made it onto that exclusive sheet. It’s a Hyatt Regency hotel restaurant called 28 HuBin Road, serving traditional local cuisine. Too bad I did not go there, when I was in Hangzhou the last time (click here for the JSB Hangzhou posts). After all, more-than-ever-booming Macau is mentioned once, too. The full list can be studied here in detail.


Next to these highly new accolades, the Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards have been an integral part in the award business since the 1950’s (then called the Mobile Travel Guide Awards). It’s an annually list of what is thought to be the world’s best hotels, restaurants, and spas. They are more or less divided into two categories – “Five Star” & “Four Star” – and within these categories they are equally listed, which is a nice way to avoid annoying discussions. This year’s winner in the China section is Hong Kong with seven “Five Star Rating Award” hotels, followed by Macau (5), Shanghai (2), and for the first time also Beijing (with Shangri-La’s China World Summit Wing). Looking at the list I think that all of these hotels deserve their awards. However, it seems that the judges completely left out the so-called secondary cities in China. Why is the Four Seasons Hotel at West Lake in Hangzhou not on the list, to name only one property that immediately comes into my mind?


Some hotels celebrated an across-the-board success after conquering the judges’ hearts in both award-giving institutions. One of the main winners is the Four Seasons Hong Kong, rated “Five Star” for both its hotel and its spa by Forbes Travel Guide, and furthermore twice ranked in “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list for its Caprice (12th, French cuisine) and its Lung King Heen (13th, Cantonese cuisine).


These awards show that Hong Kong is setting the benchmarks for luxury tourism China, with Shanghai and Macau in the rear mirror.