A Taste of Home: Pastry Chef Michael Kwan On His Hong Kong Dining Favourites

A Taste of Home: Pastry Chef Michael Kwan On His Hong Kong Dining Favourites

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At the age of just 15, Michael Kwan started working in the kitchens of Hong Kong restaurants, before making his mark in the pastry teams of some of the UK’s esteemed Michelin-starred restaurants, including Hakkasan and The Fat Duck, and then taking the head pastry chef position at Duddells in London.

“I was drawn to the science and precision,” says Kwan of his choice to pursue pastry. “It is vital that you understand each ingredient and how they coincide in a recipe. That being said, the accuracy comes with a platform to be creative. Having the chance to be both an artist and a scientist intrigued me.”

Kwan has combined the two to great effect. He was awarded the title of UK Sugar Champion in 2019, and has been part of the team representing the UK at the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France since 2019. The team placed fourth in 2021 and, having won the European Pastry Cup 2022, now qualify for the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie 2023. 

This year, Kwan was also named executive pastry chef of The Dorchester, a bastion of hospitality in London that is home to such culinary institutions as Alain Ducasse and China Tang. 

 

 

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