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A Dinner Date with Gwyneth Paltrow


An Oscar-winning actress, mother of two, fashion icon and lifestyle maven with three cookbooks to her name. Resum├ęs don't get much more intimidating impressive than that of Gwyneth Paltrow's.

The Hollywood starlet was in Hong Kong last week as a guest of LANDMARK, and also took the opportunity to promote her latest cookbook It's All Good and her lifestyle website goop during her short trip. During a media briefing, Paltrow dished on her love of Asian food, and revealed that her favourite Asian cuisine was Korean - "kimchi is like the best thing in the world"! She also takes inspiration from Southeast Asian cooking as much of the dishes are dairy- and gluten-free whilst still being incredibly flavoursome. I can't say I disagree, having moved back to Hong Kong from London myself and quite easily removed 80% of dairy from my diet.

Later that day, I was lucky enough to be sat three seats away of Gwyneth herself at a special dinner hosted by LANDMARK in her honour. We were treated not only to the pleasure of Paltrow's ebullient company (in spite of jet lag and recent uncoupling), but also to a bespoke menu that was put together by some of Hong Kong's finest chefs. Richard Ekkebus of Amber contributed a wonderfully light Alaskan crab appetiser, and Umberto Bombana of 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo delivered the most tender Piedmontese Fassone veal tenderloin, but my pick of the night was a tangy crispy tiger prawn by Chef Kelvin Wong of Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant The Square. All the dishes served on the night were inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow in some way, and Chef Wong's prawns with strawberry sauce brought Chinese and US ingredients (prawns from the South China Sea and imported strawberries from the States) together in a way that celebrated her visit to Hong Kong.

In all, it was an unforgettable evening of filled with fabulous food. Stay tuned as I have a recipe passed on from Gwyneth herself to share in the near future...

All images courtesy of LANDMARK. Valerie was a guest of LANDMARK.  


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