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TastemakersDiscover Christian Bau’s Innovative Cuisine At Le Pan

Discover Christian Bau’s Innovative Cuisine At Le Pan

Discover Christian Bau’s Innovative Cuisine At Le Pan
By Hong Kong Tatler
December 28, 2018
Le Pan Focus

Promotion: January 10 - 12 2019 (Expired)

Kick off the new year in truly delicious style by making a date for a meal during award-winning chef Christian Bau’s guest chef stint at Le Pan

Showcasing Bau’s distinctive style of contemporary European cuisine blended with inspired Asian elements, this three-day culinary extravaganza takes place from 10-12 January 2019—featuring a five-course lunch menu and eight-course dinner menu of Bau’s signature creations, before culminating in a unique four hands wine dinner collaboration with Le Pan’s own chef Edward Voon.

The fact that Bau’s restaurant, Victor’s Fine Dining in Germany, was awarded three Michelin stars back in 2005 (making him the youngest ever German chef to receive the honour)—and has retained the accolade to this day—should give diners a hint as to the gastronomic wonders that await during the time at Le Pan.

Having been inspired by his long-time travels in the East, Bau has gained a reputation for his impeccable balance of French and Asian cuisine—an exciting evolution of classic techniques and ingredients, but which isn’t just innovation for innovation’s sake either. Whilst you might find Bau wearing sneakers and jeans in the kitchen, perfection, precision and discipline remain at the heart of his cooking; his unique style comes from understanding when to respect the traditions of French haute cuisine, whilst also being open to embracing new influences when they actually stand to make his food taste better—resulting in dishes that are known to be not only technically complex and assured, but also brilliantly balanced and accessible.

Whilst you might find Bau wearing sneakers and jeans in the kitchen, perfection, precision and discipline remain at the heart of his cooking

This is an inventive, vibrant style of fine dining that wears its excellence with zero pretentions. Instead, Bau describes his cuisine as “light, contemporary and cosmopolitan”; for instance, in contrast to tradition French cooking, his dishes rarely use rich creams or butters, instead preferring to let fresh or raw ingredients sing. A frequent visitor to Asia, Bau is particularly renowned for shining the spotlight on Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques in Europe—in fact, he was one of the first chefs to import fresh yuzu to Germany. And as a self-proclaimed “product fetishist”, if an ingredient is not available in the best possible quality, it simply does not make the cut on Bau’s menus.

Tuna prepared three ways: sashimi, grilled, tartare (Photo: Courtesy of Le Pan)
Japanese yellowfin mackerel, yuzukosho, buttermilk dashi, Imperial caviar (Photo: Courtesy of Le Pan)
Venison, aubergine, onion, sauerbraten sauce (Photo: Courtesy of Le Pan)
 

This culinary philosophy can be seen in sensational style in some of the signature dishes he plans to bring to his guest stint at Le Pan. These include sashimi of yellowfin mackerel in yuzukosho and buttermilk dashi dotted with caviar; Miyazaki beef with black garlic, ponzu and corn; and a Black Forest and cherry brandy sweet that pays homage to his German heritage. Another dessert of hazelnut praline and milk chocolate with exotic fruits is a playful nod to his latest cookbook, Bau.steine.

Meanwhile, Bau will also be unveiling some brand new creations during his time at Le Pan, which are designed to take full advantage of fresh, seasonal delicacies from Japan. Diners can expect artistic creations such as langoustine paired with creamy koshihikari rice and edamame tofu, and an umami-rich broth of caviar, chawanmushi, toro and smoked tuna cheek.

Bau’s menus have all been thoughtfully designed to take diners on a culinary voyage of discovery, with multiple layers of contrasts and subtleties that run through each dish—and with Le Pan’s Chef Edward Voon, he has found the perfect partner for collaboration. As two non-French chefs who share a passion for quality Asian produce and have both found their forte in crafting creative, sophisticated modern French cuisine, their one-night only four hands dinner looks certain to be a real meal to remember.

The Christian Bau x Le Pan five-course lunch is available on 10-12 January 2019, with the eight-course dinner running on 10-11 January 2019 and four hands dinner on 12 January 2019. For more information, call +852 3188 2355 or visit www.lepan.com.hk

Le Pan

Restaurant, $$$$, French, Kowloon Bay

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