, chef and owner of Tate Dining Room & Bar in Hong Kong, has beennamed Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2015. The prestigious award ispart of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants programme sponsored by S. Pellegrino &Acqua Panna.
Lau will be presented with her award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awardsceremony on 9 by over 300 industry experts from across Asia who create the annual list of Asia’s50 Best Restaurants.After graduating from New York University, Lau initially embarked on a career inadvertising as a graphic designer. This education taught her how subtle visual cuescan be used to provoke an audience’s response, a skill she would later employ inher cooking. Sparked by her passion for culinary arts, Lau enrolled in classes atthe prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok. Having changed career path, Lauhoned her skills at the Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong under the tutelage ofchef Sebastien Lepinoy.
In 2012, she opened Tate Dining Room & Bar serving French-inspired dishes withAsian influences. Her talent for visual artistry is reflected in the immaculatepresentation, while her innate creativity and appreciation for gourmet cuisine isevident in the seasonal tasting menu. Inspired to create ‘Edible Stories’, each ofLau’s menus originate from a common theme and consist of elaborately designeddishes that stir the imagination with their rich imagery and intriguing play onflavours and textures.
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “We are delightedto announce that Vicky Lau has been voted Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best FemaleChef for 2015. This award rewards her skill, imagination and artistry, and recognises the originality and verve that Vicky brings to Asia’s dining scene.” Accepting the award, Lau commented: “As an independent chef working in a verycompetitive environment, being named Asia’s Best Female Chef is a validation ofthe hard work I’ve put in. Having grown up in Hong Kong and educated in the West,I feel my work is infused with a variety of culinary influences and I am honouredthat the respected industry experts voting on this award appreciate and recognisemy efforts.”
Aymeric Sancerre, Veuve Clicquot International Director of Communications, added: “This award continues Madame Clicquot Ponsardin’s legacy by honouring female chefs who demonstrate passion, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.Vicky Lau’s success can be attributed to her creativity, resilience and artistry,qualities that characterise Madame Clicquot’s life and achievements.”