Petrus Alumnus Ricardo Chaneton To Open Mono In Central With Jia Group’s Yenn Wong
After four years as chef de cuisine at Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Ricardo Chaneton has recently gone solo. This December, Chaneton will debut at Mono, his first venture co-owned with Yenn Wong of Jia Group.
Born in South America, Chaneton began his cooking career upon completion of a year-long apprenticeship at Quique Dacosta in Denia, Spain, followed by seven years training under Mauro Colagreco at Mirazur (currently no. 1 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list), polishing his craft in refined French cuisine.
Chaneton debuts his restaurant project after four years in the hotel restaurant business. “For me, the time is now, and I need to try my best to make it happen,” he tells us. “When I live in a place, I develop strong feelings for the place I reside in. I have lived in Hong Kong for four years now, and every day the city makes me feel more at home. I want to give something to where I live in.”
The word ‘mono’ denotes ‘one’ and ‘single’, and the name of the restaurant is also partially influenced by the Mono-Ha art movement which emerged in Japan and Korea in the late 1960s, when artists experimented with natural and industrial materials. The 30-seat restaurant features counter seating and a main dining area that can be converted into semi-private dining area. Aside from weekday lunch sets, the restaurant will showcase one dinner tasting menu designed by Chaneton, displaying his flair for modern French fare with elements of South America.
The new restaurant is set to open in December 2019.