The Chef Who Led a Global Dining Empire Sets Out on His Own in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Before it became known as a nightlife brand associated with globetrotting DJs and elaborate bottle-service presentations, Hakkasan was a global pioneer of contemporary Asian food. Ho Chee Boon, who was Hakkasan’s international executive chef, opened restaurants for the high-end hospitality group in London, Moscow, Bangkok, New York, San Francisco and beyond. Under Ho’s leadership, Hakkasan restaurants earned Michelin stars in both London and New York.

Now in 2021, a year that’s seen hospitality behemoth Tao Group acquire Hakkasan (which closed its New York and San Francisco restaurants in 2020), the Malaysian-born Ho is writing his own path at a new buzzworthy restaurant in San Francisco. On June 18, Ho will open Empress by Boon with modern Cantonese food at the former location of Chinatown’s iconic Empress of China restaurant.

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The Alibaba News Roundup is a weekly digest of events and happenings across the company. This week, we look at Alibaba.com‘s double-digit growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020. Featured are rising online restaurant meal offerings for delivery during the coming Chinese New Year holiday, a change from the pre-pandemic festive dining-out scene. We have news about diplomats in China from around the world livestreaming on Fliggy to promote local dishes in the run-up to the CNY. And we share news about the newest store openings on Tmall and the Tmall Luxury Pavilion.

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Food Choice and Personal and Global Health



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