5 F&B Professionals To Know On The Gen.T List 2020
From cocktail pioneers to the founders of the region's biggest alt-protein startups, here's five honourees from the Gen.T List 2020 redefining the F&B industry
After unveiling all 400 honourees on the Gen.T List 2020, we’re diving deeper and highlighting some of the leaders in different industries. From award-winning mixologists to cloud kitchen entrepreneurs, here are five F&B professionals you need to know on the Gen.T List 2020.
1. Agung Prabowo
CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD BARTENDER, THE OLD MAN
Agung Prabowo made headlines after announcing his departure from award-winning bar The Old Man last month. The Jakarta-born mixologist co-founded the Hemingway-inspired bar in Hong Kong back in 2017, and has since won the number one spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list.
Prabowo’s two new projects include Penicillin, a new sustainability-focused bar that’s set to open in October this year, and Dead &, a laid-back bar that will open a month after.
2. Daniel Calvert
Best known for help bringing Belon to life back in 2016, Daniel Calvert was the youngest chef in Hong Kong to be awarded a Michelin star in 2019. Despite his young age, Calvert has been working in Michelin-starred kitchens for the past decade, learning from London’s Pied à Terre, New York’s Per Se and Paris’s Epicure at Le Bristol hotel.
After spending five years in the city, Calvert bid farewell to Belon in August to open a new restaurant at the Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi––so if you’re hoping to experience one of Calvert’s mind-blowing meals, start looking up flights to Japan for when it’s safe to travel again.
3. Vince Lu
Founder and CEO, Zhenmeat
Leading the alt-protein industry in China, Vince Lu is the founder and CEO of Zhenmeat, a Chinese startup that specialises in plant-based alternatives designed for traditional Chinese dishes. After getting into a car accident in the US, Lu started the company as a way to promote healthier eating in China.
Pitching itself as a rival to Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, Zhenmeat creates products such as imitation meat mince for dumplings as well as dim sum and sauces.
4. Tamaryn Cooper
At 21 years old Tamaryn Cooper may be young, but her drinks have already won the approval of many. Not only did the Bangkok-based mixologist win the 2019 Campari Bartending Competition Thailand finals, she was also the youngest bartender to have ever won the competition.
Her knack for making drinks and chasing perfection led her to win the first runner-up in Campari’s Asia Regional Final and place in the world’s top three.
5. Kimberly Yao
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, CLOUDEATS
Kimberly Yao's cloud kitchen startup CloudEats eschews physical restaurants and focuses its 50-plus in-house brands and customised kitchens on delivery. This Philippines-based startup has been thriving during Covid-19, opening a brand new kitchen and donating 55,000 meals to first responders. Founded in May 2019, the company has raised US$1.4 million in seed funding and was recognised by Tech in Asia as one of the top 50 rising startups in Southeast Asia.