With his trademark colour-streaked hair, cross earrings and sunglasses, chef Alvin Leung has blazed a trail of his own in the culinary arts. Leung’s culinary innovations and larger than life personality has established him as a global star on the international food scene.
The self-proclaimed ‘Demon Chef’ – the Chinese characters for which are tattooed on his arm – has no formal kitchen training. Yet, he is one of the rare self-taught chefs to have a 3 Michelin star establishment. As chef/owner of Hong Kong’s Bo Innovation, his unique ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine is lauded for modernizing centuries-old ingredients and traditional recipes with modern techniques and flavours, delivering novel dishes in tune with contemporary palates.
Born in London, England, Leung spent most of his formative years in Toronto, Canada. Growing up in the suburb of Scarborough, he remains a dedicated ice hockey fan.
In 2003, he began cooking professionally at a private kitchen restaurant that eventually became Bo Innovation. In 2009, it became one of Hong Kong’s few independent restaurants (not affiliated with a hotel) to be awarded 2 Michelin stars. In 2013, it was elevated to 3 Michelin stars status and has maintained that status to this day.
Leung also operates the one Michelin star restaurant MIC Kitchen in Hong Kong, as well as modern Korean eatery Bib N Hops, casual Spanish bodega Plato 86, and contemporary Chinese eatery Forbidden Duck. Leung has also introduced his daring cuisine to Mainland China opening Bo Shanghai and Daimon Bistro. He also operates R&D in Toronto, Canada.
Despite his ‘rock and roll’ image, Leung is professionally trained as an engineer, a discipline he exercised for many years. This methodical, almost scientific, approach manifests in every dish he presents.
Leung’s outlandish personality and flair has made him a sought-after guest at food events and culinary conferences across the world. He has become a familiar face on TV as a judge on Masterchef Canada and, in Asia, the host of The Maverick Chef and Wok Stars. He also starred in the Korean food and travel programmes, Seoul Extreme and Seoul Refined.