Thursday, May 23, 2013

The biggest loser in Hong Kong: Harlan Goldstein or Alvin Leung? And one of them's going to become a waitress.


In Hong Kong, living a Travelife, the kitchen rumble is on.

In a friendly competition of epic proportions, Chef Harlan Goldstein of popular Lan Kwai Fong outlets, Gold and Strip House will compete against Alvin ‘Demon Chef’ Leung of my favorite Bo Innovation and the new MC Kitchen.

The gauntlet was thrown when the two (literal) heavyweights met up recently at the opening of Leung’s Beautifood branch in Lan Kwai Fong.

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In a mutual decision to get into better shape and health, the two Michelin superstars will compete to see who can lose more weight over a three-month period: from May 22 to August 22.

Each chef will personally wager HK$20,000 for donation to a charity of his choice.

THE WEIGHT GOES OFF,
AND EVERYTHING GOES TO CHARITY

The winning loser - that is, the person with the bigger margin of weight loss - will see the majority of the collected money go to his selected charity in an 80-20% split.

Now, this is pretty standard stuff so far, as far as the wagers of wealthy or successful people go.

It's very admirable for these two gentlemen to offer to donate the results of their wager to charity; but it's not the first time this has happened.



THE BEST PART, SO FAR

But here's the fun part.

In addition, the losing chef -- whether this is Harlan Goldstein or Alvin Leung, we will only know later -- will have to serve in a waitress uniform at the other chef’s restaurant for one day.

Yes, you read right.

One of Hong Kong's top chefs will have to wear a waitress uniform and serve in his competitor's restaurant for a day.

Goldstein and Leung’s official weigh-in took place yesterday, May 22, at Impakt Gym in front of media and supporters.

WORKING OUT AT IMPAKT GYM


For the duration of the challenge, Goldstein will be working out under the guidance of trainers at Impakt MMA.

He will also introduce a special new summer menu to assist his own weight loss regimen.

THE OTHER SIDE IS AT PURE FITNESS



Meanwhile, Leung will go through some X-treme workouts under the supervision of trainers from Pure Fitness.

Then, to lose weight, he will primarily enjoy the menu at Beautifood, his new cuisine concept with fresh nutritious salads and sushi burritos designed for healthy and active living.

The winner will be declared at the final weigh-out at Pure Fitness on August 22.

SAYING GOODBYE TO BAD HABITS

“This is going to be the most exciting challenge for me and looking forward to getting healthy and fit. 

Say goodbye to ‘bad eating habits’!” said Harlan Goldstein.

THE REAL WINNERS

The charity that Chef Goldstein has chosen is Heifer International, whose mission is to work with families in need across the globe to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

Chef Leung will donate his winnings to the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association, which supports children with diabetes in Hong Kong and Pink Alliance, which is an advocacy against homophobic bullying in schools.

"I was inspired to launch Beautifood's healthy offerings partly because I have become diabetic," Chef Leung explains. "So I intend to exercise and eat my way to health and win this challenge."

ABOUT HARLAN GOLDSTEIN



New Yorker Harlan Goldstein apprenticed at the prestigious Montreaux Palace Hotel in Switzerland at the age of 17, and honed his skills under celebrated Chef Jean Banchet at Michelin three-star restaurant Le Francais in Chicago.

In 2013, he earned his first Michelin stars in Hong Kong with Gold, an exclusive and exuberant ‘place to see and be seen’ with one of the most prestigious wine lists in town, and Strip House, where he returned to his New York roots with a retro-style steakhouse invoking the atmosphere of the 1940s.

ABOUT ALVIN LEUNG



Chef Alvin Leung runs my favorite Bo Innovation in Hong Kong.

With no formal culinary training, the self-proclaimed ‘demon chef’ Alvin Leung has received two Michelin stars for his ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine at Bo Innovation.



Evolving from a private kitchen speakeasy to a proper dining establishment in 2003, Leung’s creativity was first awarded a Michelin star in the guide’s first Hong Kong survey in 2009.

Since then, he has continued to impress critics and diners. Recently, he launched MC Kitchen, his new venture in modern comfort cuisine, as well as the Beautifood healthy fast-food franchise.





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