Everything you need to know about the Blue x Maison Es Chef Showdown on April 18

Eat, drink and vote

Tickets to this event are now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still being sold to our second Chef Showdown dinner on April 25. Book your seats now!

Time Out Hong Kong’s Chef Showdown kicks off in less than two weeks at Blue · Butcher & Meat Specialist. The inaugural dinner will be hosted by Blue’s resident chef Sebastian Comerso and guest chef Esther Sham from Maison Es. The two chefs boast very different styles in the kitchen and will each prepare a starter and a main during their cook-off, which you can sample and vote for.

For a taste of what's in store, here's everything you should know about these two talented chefs, including the details for the exclusive menu they've prepared for April 18. 

Dinner includes welcome drinks, five exclusive dishes, cocktails by Campari and plenty of craft beers provided by Goose Island Brewery – all for $785 per person. You'll also get a chance to win awesome lucky draw prizes, including hampers from WOAW Store and a one-night staycation at the Grand Hyatt Hong KongIf you haven't already, book now and we'll see you at dinner. 

Sebastian Comerso

Current role
Group executive sous chef of Maximal Concepts (Blue · Butcher & Meat Specialist, Mercedes Me, Brickhouse, Stockton and Limewood)

Also cooked at
Mugaritz (Spain), El Celler de Can Roca (Spain), Cable Bay Vineyard (New Zealand), Te Waonui Forest Retreat (New Zealand), Lombardi at the St Moritz Hotel (New Zealand)

Cooking style in a nutshell
Bold flavour, Argentinian flair

Why he's awesome
Comerso knows his way around meats and is especially adept at preparing statement steaks – like the 8oz New Zealand tenderloin pictured below – that's served at Blue.

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Esther Sham

Current role
Chef-owner of Maison Es and Ta Pantry

Also cooked at 
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Hong Kong), Amber (Hong Kong), Relais Louis XIII (France), Le Jardin des Sens (France)

Cooking style in a nutshell
Simplified complexity

Why she's awesome
Sham's cooking is an elegant expression of her Chinese heritage, American upbringing and French culinary training. Expect to taste multiple culinary traditions in her dishes, such as the foie gras tamago custard below.

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Blue x Maison Es Chef Showdown Dinner

Welcome Drinks*
Aperol Spritz

First dish
Seared scallop with apple miso, topped with foie gras foam
by Esther Sham

Second dish
Sliced raw aged beef trio with oyster emulsion, truffle purée and foie gras parfait
by Sebastian Comerso

Third dish (with cocktail pairing)
Melting onion spring chicken 
by Esther Sham

Fourth dish (with cocktail pairing)
Blue secret recipe porchetta
by Sebastian Comerso

Fifth dish - dessert
Grilled peach crème fraîche with miso apricot purée and anzac cookie crumble

*Dinner also includes beers courtesy of Goose Island Brewery

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