Chef Lau Yiu Fai, who joined InterContinental Hong Kong when the hotel first opened in 1980, was on the opening team of Yan Toh Heen in 1984. At fourteen, he started his apprenticeship at some of Hong Kong’s top Chinese restaurants, including the well-known Tai Sam Yuen and Fook Lam Mun. After several years in Vancouver, he returned to Hong Kong in 1998 and joined Tin Shan Palace in Cheung Kong Centre. Chef Lau then rejoined the hotel in 2000 as Yan Toh Heen’s Executive Chef. Under his leadership, Yan Toh Heen has been awarded 2-Michelin stars for two consecutive years.
Lau’s culinary philosophy is based on creating the finest Cantonese cuisine using traditional cooking methods with dishes presented in a contemporary style using only the best ingredients and top quality seasonal products sourced locally and around the world.