HotelsAmber’s temporary closure frees him up to be pop-up host, guest chef, culinary researcher and collaborator across Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Iconic Chef Richard Ekkebus hits the road

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Chef Richard Ekkebus.
Chef Richard Ekkebus.

Catch up with Chef Ekkebus as he takes a sabbatical from his kitchen and roams Amsterdam, Aachen, Marrakech, Taipei and Tokyo, researching, cooking and tasting as he goes.

Fans of Amber, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s beloved two Michelin-starred restaurant, take heart. The temporary closing not only gives the hotel time to do an extensive renovation, but it also leaves one of the city’s favourite chefs and the hotel’s culinary director, Richard Ekkebus, free to host a series of pop-ups around Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Catch up with Chef Ekkebus as he takes a sabbatical from his kitchen and roams Amsterdam, Aachen, Marrakech, Taipei and Tokyo, researching, cooking and tasting as he goes.

Collaborating with chefs along the way, he will also be exploring the most sustainable practices possible, and will be bringing everything he learns back to Amber when it opens in late Spring 2019 with a brand new menu.

“Our intention is to visit local markets, discuss best practices and find inspiration in new ingredients,” he says.

“We’ll be travelling to a variety of regions to broaden our exposure to new flavours, innovative cooking techniques and global culinary trends. Along the way, we’ll chronicle our journey and use these discoveries to shape the new Amber menu.”

Amsterdam’s pop-up in mid-January gave Chef Ekkebus the opportunity to return home and cook for the first time in his homeland in 33 years.

In Marrakech he starred as a guest chef at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, and follows by hosting a lunch at the renowned culinary centre Villa Louise in Aachen, Germany (8 February). He will then be travelling to the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo (March 1-3) and Mandarin Oriental, Taipei (March 6-10).


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