Richard Ekkebus is the Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, overseeing all cuisine at one of the city’s most luxurious and distinctive five-star hotels. Under Richard’s supervision and guidance, Amber, the hotel’s modern French restaurant was, for the sixth consecutive year, awarded two Michelin stars by the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau 2014.
Richard began his illustrious career via an apprenticeship in his native Holland under Michelin- starred chefs Hans Snijders and Robert Kranenborg. In Holland, he won the prestigious Golden Chef’s Hat for “Young Chef of the Year”, an honour that encouraged him to further perfect his art under the tutelage of some of the greatest three-star chefs in France, including Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Passard and Guy Savoy.
With a strong desire to explore world cuisines, Richard embarked on a journey that saw him hold executive chef positions first at the Royal Palm in Mauritius and then at The Sandy Lane in Barbados. He accepted the same role for The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in 2005. Trained in the conventions of classic French cuisine, Richard is much admired for his fresh ideas and innovative spirit. Thus Amber’s cuisine, while built on a solid foundation of traditional French cooking, nevertheless evinces a contemporary and light feel. Here the focus is on superior produce and ingredients in time-honoured dishes with a modern twist. Richard takes particular pride in the superb quality of his ingredients. “There is no compromise regarding quality,” he assures. “At Amber, we are committed to using the finest and freshest ingredients sourced from all parts of the world. Great emphasis is also placed on beautiful, creative presentations employing varying food textures and colours.”
- 2 Michelin stars | Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau, 2013
- #24 | The World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2014
- #4 | Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, 2014
- Young Chef of the Year | Golden Chef’s Hat
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