With a bevy of major changes and expansions in the pipeline—from revamping Ho Lee Fook to launching a complex of restaurants and bars in Tai Kwun’s historic Magistracy building—Black Sheep Restaurants is making big moves; and to oversee their future plans, the hospitality group has just announced their new Head of Culinary, veteran chef Patricia Yeo.
With a globe-trotting career spanning three decades, the Malaysian-Chinese chef has earned her stripes in a variety of industries, from helming the kitchens of luxury resorts and opening her own string of restaurants, to starring in two cooking reality shows.
Yeo's itinerant tendencies began with her education at a British boarding school, continuing across the pond at Princeton University where she studied for a biochemistry degree. It was during this time that she first encountered American celebrity chef Bobby Flay at a cooking class at New York Restaurant School, who encouraged her to try her hand in a professional kitchen instead.
What followed was a decade of influential stints at Flay's New York restaurants like Miracle Grill, Mesa Grill and Bolo, as well as on the West Coast at Barbara Tropp's China Moon and Hawthorne Lane with Anne Gingrass, where she refined her style of Asian-inflected Southwestern cooking. Yeo marked a career milestone in 1999 with the opening of her own pan-Asian Manhattan restaurant, AZ, which would be awarded two Michelin stars in 2002. This was followed by two subsequent openings, the Mediterranean-fusion Pazo and cross-cultural Sapa in 2002 and 2004 respectively, where she worked as executive chef.