Tatler’s series of Asia’s Most Influential lists identifies leaders across Asia who are making an impact in their respective fields. The 2021 Tastemakers list, launched this month, focuses on the F&B industry and spans professionals including chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs, FoodTech entrepreneurs, food writers, and many more in between.
In Hong Kong, the diverse range of individuals includes such leading lights as The Chairman's Danny Yip, whose restaurant topped Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 list, our May cover star Syed Asim Hussain and partner Christopher Mark, co-founders of Black Sheep Restaurants, and Green Monday and Green Common Founder David Yeung who is behind Hong Kong’s favourite alternative protein, OmniPork. Read on to discover all of Hong Kong’s most influential F&B professionals.
1. Caleb and Joshua Ng
Profession: Restaurateurs, Interval and Cut Sando Bar
Impact statement: Driving a future-forward approach to F&B in Hong Kong
Identical twins Caleb and Joshua Ng, founders of Twins Kitchen, have long been making their mark on Hong Kong's F&B scene, whether through quaint neighbourhood café Common Ground, Preset Event Space located underneath their original coffee and wine bar, Interval in Central, or food incubator PMQ Taste Kitchen.
Most recently the pair relaunched Interval as two entirely new venues in Cyberport and Lohas Park where they are cementing their future-forward approach by experimenting with low-intervention and biodynamic wines, sourdough pizzas, live-fire cooking and, in the case of the Cyberport restaurant, an on-site farm created in collaboration with Farmacy HK that reduces the operation’s carbon footprint. Their next project, Cut Sando Bar, demonstrates an aptitude for identifying the next great idea in food, combining Japanese-style sandwiches with natural wines and curated music.