People 1 minute 12 December 2018

Video: Gwendal Poullennec Answers Your Burning Questions

The newly-appointed International Director of The MICHELIN Guides shares his thoughts about Hong Kong and Macau’s gastronomic scene and the future of the MICHELIN Guide.

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The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019 was launched yesterday, 11 December and in attendance was International Director of The MICHELIN Guides, Gwendal Poullennec to announce the results. We caught up with him to share his thoughts on the selection.

The 38-year-old has 15 years’ experience in the F&B industry and was appointed earlier in September as the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, replacing his predecessor, Michael Ellis. Poullennec joined Michelin in 2003 to lead the international deployment of the MICHELIN Guides in both the United States and Asia, initiating the guide launches in New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kyoto as well as the recent launches of Bangkok and Taipei. In 2014, he was appointed to Secretary General of the MICHELIN Guide, and headed up new digital interfaces for the group.

In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the latest MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong Macau 2019 selection and his observations on these two dynamic food cities. He gives insights into the future of Michelin and a heartfelt message to all chefs and restauranteurs: “Cook for the guests, not the MICHELIN Guides.”

Watch this video for the full interview:


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