In a year that has seen a record number of restaurant closures and skyrocketing unemployment rates, never has it been more important to show support for the businesses you care about. As the city rides out wave after wave of challenges, it has been inspiring to witness the myriad ways in which members of the dining community have faced them head on, and that is why the Tatler Dining Readers’ Choice Awards have forged ahead this year—with a key difference.
The awards, once more supported by Asia Miles, are a celebration of resilience in the time of Covid-19. While, in previous years, the Readers’ Choice Awards focused primarily on crowning the year’s best new restaurant and best new bar, for 2020 we have included additional categories to reflect the unique context of the year—from best takeaway and delivery initiative to the Impact Award, which recognises the efforts of those who have gone a step further to help the dining industry. Other categories that were previously not voted upon by the public include the Rising Star Award, which had a record 14 nominees—a testament to the talents being incubated in the city and a reminder that there are still plenty of people hustling and working hard despite the year’s setbacks. Thousands of votes were tallied by the end of the campaign in October. Read about all the honourees below.
The Rising Star Award: Alison Chan, Antonio Oviedo, Sam Lui
Back for a second year is the Rising Star Award, which champions individuals who are forging their own way forward. This year’s nominee pool was strong, ranging from gin distillers to private chefs. Sam Lui, who runs the Wendy’s Wok World private kitchen housed at her family’s soy sauce farm, is a bright young talent who is keeping traditions alive; Antonio Oviedo is a passionate chef who has brought 22 Ships into an exciting new era with his energetic approach to modern tapas; and Alison Chan is a self-taught pastry chef who has created cakes that resemble objects like juice boxes, Chanel handbags and even kitchen sponges with mind-boggling realism.