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RUYI Gastronomy

The dining culture of Chinese civilisation is distinct and deeply rooted in history. Since ancient times, the delicious cuisine served and fine tableware used is intrinsically linked, so one can experience the prosperity, elegance and sheer bliss of attending a Chinese banquet. The elements of fresh ingredients, culinary finesse, regional dining subtleties and exquisite tableware are combined to create a sophisticated dining experience. It is a gastronomic experience that is riveting and unforgettable. To celebrate the launch of contemporary Chinese tableware service RUYI by LEGLE France, the brand's founder and creative director Desmond Chang was involved in creating the gastronomic feast, and designing the RUYI Gastronomy experience, including the menu, pairing and tableware patterns that echo the cuisine.

MAGICAL

Jiu Gong Ge

Ho Tu Lo Shu

The magical Jiu Gong Ge (Nine Halls Diagram) first appeared in Ho Tu Lo Shu (originally from the legendary Yi Jing divination text), and is deemed a vital emblem in the Chinese study of astronomy, mathematics and feng shui. With an auspicious meaning that symbolises power and prestige, the number nine has always been viewed as an esteemed number. When applied to the culinary world, it is typically used as offering for emperors during imperial feasts. The RUYI banquet starts with the Jiu Gong Ge appetiser selection, transporting guests on a captivating gastronomic journey fit for royalty. In the Jiu Gong Ge, any straight, vertical or diagonal line adds up to the number 15, representing a harmonious universe.

Flow Sequence

The order is Five → Six → Seven → Eight → Nine → One → Two → Three → Four (Jiu Gong Banquet Dining Sequence) This dining sequence can also be arranged according to the flavour of the dishes, beginning with the light-tasting dishes and working towards the strong-tasting ones

Ming & Qing Dynasty blue and white

Qing hua (blue-and-white pottery) is one of the most commonly found decorations on Chinese porcelain ware. Inspired by Chinese traditions, LEGLE France references this historic Chinese porcelain while offering its own fresh, contemporary take on the traditional.

Rose lacquer with freestyle gold

Lacquer is considered one of China's earliest luxury decorative arts. The rose-red lacquer, interspersed with splashes of gold, creates a visual joy that is as delicate as the rose.

Lavish hand-painted platinum

Applied by hand to form a delicate and uniform surface, this dish reflects the artistry and rich experience of the skilled artisan. Relish in this symbol of good luck and great fortune.

Late Yuan & early Ming Under Glazed Red

This technique for decorating porcelain ware has origins in the Yuan Dynasty. Underglaze red details contrast against the translucent, white porcelain, evoking purity with a fresh elegance.

Magnificent hand painted gold

The uniform and fine surface of the gold reflects the skill of the experienced artisan. Exuding a luxurious elegance that is both classic and contemporary, this piece is a symbol of prosperity and good luck.

Celadon with auspicious clouds

The technique of this raw glaze originated from the Longquan kilns of the Song Dynasty. Inspired by the firing process of the Qing Dynasty, the pastel colours and cloud relief of this celadon is a stunning work of art. The auspicious cloud symbols represent good luck and harmony.

Suzhou Shilin stone glaze

Inspired by the Suzhou Gardens, rich layers of high-gloss and matte glaze are used to create this stunning piece.

Song Dynasty Sky Blue Jun ware

Out of the famous kilns of the Song Dynasty, Jun ware, with their variants of blue, are regarded as one of the most beautiful. The multilayered blue glaze and hand-painted gold rim of the piece offers a classic touch with a contemporary twist.

Black lacquer with gold splashes

The luxurious black lacquer, broken up by splashes of gold, offers a contrast between the solid black colour and freestyle gold application.

UNIQUE

Chinese Cuisine

With a combination of fresh ingredients, culinary finesse, regional dining subtleties and exquisite tableware, they come together to form a sophisticated dining experience—a gastronomic exploration of Chinese cuisine that is riveting and unforgettable.

MEET

Our creator

Desmond Chang, founder and head of creative resources, designed the RUYI Gastronomy experience, including the menu, pairing and tableware patterns that echo the cuisine.

Desmond Chang Founder and Head of Creative Resources

Desmond Chang is an entrepreneur and above all, a passionate gourmet. In 1993, he took over the running of Concord Ceramics under the Inhesion Group, and in a short span of a few years grew it into the largest ceramics decal company in the world.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Creative Resources of the Inhesion Group, comprising Inhesion Asia, Shanghai Homebase and Inhesion Southeast Asia. Under his direction, the Group has manufactured limited-edition tableware for Beijing Olympics 2008 and created state gifts for President Hu Jin Tao presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Other noteworthy achievements include the design and creation of a one-off tableware service celebrating the 60th anniversary National Banquet for the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 2009, with the exclusive tableware now included in the National Collection of People’s Republic of China.

Desmond’s passion for food, wine and flavour combinations led him to create the inventive and highly acclaimed RUYI Gastronomy experience in 2012. Featuring 7 different chapters to date, he specifically designed each chapter - including the menu, pairing and tableware patterns to echo the regional cuisine of China, highlighting the grandeur of haute Chinese cuisine.

This comprised LEGLE RUYI Gastronomy - twice in Shanghai (2012 & 2014), LEGLE RUYI Gastronomy - twice in Hong Kong (2013 & 2014), LEGLE RUYI Gastronomy Beijing (2015) and LEGLE RUYI Gastronomy Taipei (2015). In 2017, RUYI Gastronomy Chapter VII was showcased in collaboration with The Peninsula Tokyo, a first for Japan.

This year, Chapter VIII: Rediscovering the Lost Flavours of Cantonese Cuisine was featured at Wynn Palace, Macau and presented at Wing Lei Palace.

Most recently, Desmond unveiled RUYI Gastronomy Chapter IX: 24 Flavours of Sichuan in November 2019 in Chengdu.

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