Executive Chef Tam Kwok Fung of Wing Lei Palace Becomes First Chef in Macau to Receive “Chef of the Year” Award from the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide

  • 09-FEB-2023

Three Wynn Palace Restaurants Earn Five Diamonds Once Again 

Macau, February 9, 2023 — The 2023 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide honored three signature restaurants at Wynn Palace Cotai with five Diamonds once again, and for the first time, bestowed the highly coveted “Chef of the Year” award to Executive Chef Tam Kwok Fung of Wing Lei Palace. Wing Lei Palace and Mizumi both earned “Two-Diamond Restaurant” awards again, and SW Steakhouse received the “One-Diamond Restaurant” honor once more at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony held in Beijing. Executive Chef Tam Kwok Fung of Wing Lei Palace has also become the first chef in Macau to earn “Chef of the Year” from the 2023 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide. These recognitions are testament to Wynn’s consistent delivery of the highest standards in dining and its positive contribution toward the sustainable development of Macau as a ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’.

The award-winning Wing Lei Palace has garnered the “Two-Diamond Restaurant” honor for five consecutive years, and has also earned recognition from Michelin Guide, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Forbes Travel Guide. At the helm of Wing Lei Palace is Executive Chef Tam Kwok Fung, a master at preparing authentic Cantonese dishes that are pure and natural, and are in perfect harmony with the four seasons. He works with an experienced team of chefs at Wing Lei Palace to create beautiful works of art on a plate that are boldly innovative, yet honor the traditions of Cantonese cooking. The stylish and palatial interiors of Wing Lei Palace are the epitome of Chinese elegance and pay homage to the arts of China. The restaurant also boasts magnificent views of the 8-acre Performance Lake from every seat. The combination of music, light and dancing plumes of water provide spellbinding entertainment to accompany the sumptuous Cantonese delicacies on offer.

The coveted Black Pearl Restaurant Guide “Chef of the Year” accolade is given to the best chef across all of China who has made outstanding contributions to gastronomy. This year, the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide has recognized Chef Tam Kwok Fung as “Chef of the Year” for his significant contributions to the food and beverage industry throughout his career. Chef Tam, armed with 40 years of experience in gastronomy, has actively promoted the art of Cantonese cooking on a global level, and remains committed toward showcasing the traditions of Cantonese cuisine while always staying abreast of the latest trends, giving guests the opportunity to experience the authentic and innovative flavors of Cantonese cuisine. In recent years, Chef Tam has also collaborated with celebrity chefs to stage major culinary events and hosted his own cooking demonstrations both at home in Macau and all across China, to build greater awareness around the Chinese culinary arts and boost the exchange of knowledge among professionals in the field of culinary. 

The Black Pearl Restaurant Guide elevated Mizumi to a “Two-Diamond Restaurant” last year, and the award-winning Japanese restaurant has now retained this status for a second consecutive year. Mizumi has also earned recognition as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant, and continues to earn accolades for insisting upon using only the highest quality ingredients flown in directly from Japan, and for presenting sushi and teppanyaki in a theatrical way for guests to indulge in a truly Japanese dining experience. The restaurant embodies the spirit of Omotenashi, the essence of Japanese hospitality that means “to entertain and serve diners with your whole heart”. This sense of selfless service, placing the guest first and anticipating their needs, is the perfect mirror to Wynn’s commitment to a personal experience.

SW Steakhouse – Macau’s premier American steakhouse and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Restaurant – has received the “One-Diamond Restaurant” award for a second consecutive year.  SW Steakhouse is renowned for offering classic American steakhouse fare and the finest seafood, paired with an unforgettable theatrical surprise. Reimagining the idea of the traditional dinner show, the lights darken, music fades and an aperture opens, amazing guests with a one-of-a-kind visual animation to delight the senses.

Published by Meituan, a leading e-commerce platform for dining in China, the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide is dedicated to selecting top-rated cuisines across China. The appraisal committee is made up of renowned gourmands, industry experts, advocates of culinary culture, and more who will select outstanding restaurants based on three aspects – cooking skills, the dining experience as well as inheritance and innovation. More than 100 restaurants at home and abroad are selected across three Diamond levels: Three-Diamond Restaurants (must-eat restaurants once in a lifetime), Two-Diamond Restaurants (must-eat restaurants for special occasions), and One-Diamond Restaurants (must-eat restaurants for gatherings). Black Pearl is not only a restaurant guide, but is also responsible for promoting the Chinese culinary culture and advancing the development of China’s culinary industry. Moving forward, the Black Pearl Restaurant Guide will continue to create a comprehensive and authoritative list of outstanding restaurants for Chinese diners.