The annual list of San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants has just been announced at the award ceremony in Bibao, Spain. Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is listed No. 56 on the World’s 100 Best Restaurants this year.
“I am pleased to be on the prestigious World’s 100 Best Restaurants List, and it shows that Amber continues to be recognized as one of the relevant restaurants in a highly competitive world. We are working really hard in defining what Amber will look, feel and taste like in the coming 10 years and to reassess and move forward with an incredible experience of what has worked and what not will relaunch us back into the 50’s without a doubt. Hong Kong is one of the world’s most exciting food cities and deserves multiple positions in my humble opinion on that list. To be in the top 50 has always been our aim and we have succeeded in doing that for 8 years. Being part of the 100 best restaurants in the world in an arena where there have never been as many restaurants worldwide is still a stellar achievement and something we continue to be extremely proud of.” Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director of the hotel says, “I would like to thank my team for working with me daily, ensuring our guests a consistency in service and dining experience, and keeping us on the list for seven consecutive years is a truly remarkable achievement. I would also like to thank our guests for their continuous support of the restaurant which enables us to evolve further; my heartfelt thanks to the hotel’s owners Hongkong Land and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, for their vision and support towards the finest dining experiences a hotel can offer.”
Archie Keswick, General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong says, “We are delighted that Amber is part of the World’s 100 Best Restaurants list, in addition to be named ‘Best Restaurant in China’ in the Asia 50’s best restaurant list three years in a row. It is an affirmation of the culinary team’s hard work and dedication.”
With talented chef Richard Ekkebus at the helm, the star-studded Amber restaurant has been honoured with prestigious awards including a Two Michelin Star accolade in the “Michelin Guide Hong Kong, Macau”, which it has held since 2009, for ten consecutive years, as well as ranked No. 7 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list which came out earlier this year.
Being crowned as “Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite” by the President of the French Republic Francois Hollande in September 2015, Richard began his illustrious career with an apprenticeship in his native Holland under Michelin-star chefs Hans Snijders and Robert Kranenborg. He further perfected his art under the tutelage of some of the greatest three-Michelin-star chefs in France, including Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Passard and Guy Savoy.
Having built his reputation on a solid foundation of traditional French cooking techniques, Richard is known for his focus on superior produce and innovative presentation, creating French cuisine with a contemporary and light feel.
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