Michelin's first regional guide, a top chefs' cook-off and a local dairy brand's new venture

In terms of good Cantonese food, Shanghai has outdone Guangzhou again in Michelin's new guide.

A battle of chefs

Four talented chefs from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou recently took part in a battle of the chefs.

Sponsored by Marques de Casa Concha, the leading Chilean premium wine brand at the Shanghai Tavern of The Shanghai EDITION Hotel, on November 22, the talented quartet displayed both their kitchen skills as they prepared main entries with wine pairings for judges inside 45 minutes.

Yang Zhansheng, from The Home Beijing, presented the judges’ favorite dish of the day - pan-seared Angus short rib smoked in a molecular way. He was the only chef who prepared a Chinese dish. Yang paired it with the cabernet sauvignon, a wine with fresh and elegant tannins and mellow of blackberry, cherry and black currant flavors.

The grand prize included a trip to Chile, home of Vina Concha y Toro wine.

The four finalists were chosen after a month of public voting. The contestants displayed their culinary skills and crafted 36 wine and food pairings inside a designated time limit. The other three chefs who made the final were Peter Lin from Café Gray, Willmer Colmenares from Char Steakhouse and Bob Chen from the Kitchen Table in Guangzhou.

Marques de Casa Concha / Ti Gong

Yang Zhansheng from The Home Beijing won the first battle of chefs by Marques de Casa Concha.

Marques de Casa Concha / Ti Gong

Yang's winning dish, pan-seared angus short rib smoked in a molecular way.

Michelin's first regional edition

Michelin Guide this month launched its first regional edition, the “Fine Cantonese Food Guide” for 2018-2019.

The new guide is the first of its kind in Michelin’s 118-year history. The idea of the guide is to help global travelers and food lovers discover the best of Cantonese cuisine and Chinese culinary culture.

The Michelin Guide chose 291 top Cantonese restaurants worldwide from 15 countries, 78 starred restaurants, 62 Bib Gourmand restaurants and 151 Michelin Plate winners.

Although the guide was launched in Guangzhou, the origin and home of Cantonese cuisine, the city ranked after Hong Kong and Shanghai with only eight starred restaurants. There were 26 in Hong Kong and 11 in Shanghai.

The four restaurants that hold three Michelin stars in the Cantonese guide:

The Eight in the Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau
Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
T’ang Court, Hong Kong
Le Palais, Taipei

Bright Food opens new restaurant

Bright Food Group, the Shanghai food brand known for its fresh dairy products and ice creams, has opened a restaurant in in the city specializing in Western cuisine, called Bright 919 located on Xizang Road North.

The Bright Food Group was recently in the news because their third quarterly report this year showed a 60 percent drop in net profit. The news went viral on Chinese social media and numerous local consumers voiced their support for the local dairy brand.

The new Bright 919 restaurant came as a surprise considering its recent financial trouble. With an average dish price of nearly 300 yuan per person, the restaurant is certainly not cheap but the food is delicious. The menu features dishes such as lobster cappuccino and butter poached M5 wagyu steak.

Bright 919.

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