Somm is The Landmark Mandarin Oriental's casual restaurant and wine bar that serves up a diverse and extensive selection of over 1,600 wines and sakes. For the past year, the establishment has implemented a holistic approach in incorporating sustainability practices across their business which earned them the Food Made Good Business of the Year award. One of the restaurant's main features is their wines-by-the-glass programme carefully curated to showcase the craftsmanship of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable winemaking.
Hong Kong has one of the most diverse restaurant industries in the region. From local cuisine to international flavours, the city is filled with options. But a dynamic food scene also means a variety of sustainability challenges. "The important thing is that businesses can take action with the right support," explains Food Made Good HK's CEO, Heidi Spurrell. Food Made Good HK is a sustainability consultancy supporting food service businesses and their operations. They also run the only sustainability F&B Awards in Hong Kong. Initially launched in the UK, Food Made Good Awards has been running since 2012, and previous winners include British chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver and environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Held on November 24 for its second year in Hong Kong, the award ceremony, sponsored by Henderson Land Group, recognised the industry's sustainability accomplishments during the past year. "The Food Made Good Awards shout about the best in tasty and sustainable dining in Hong Kong," Spurrell shares. "They put the spotlight on [Food Made Good] members who have been making brilliant strides in the past year, from high street to high-end restaurants, and we are promoting these and their impacts," she adds.
Read below to learn more about Hong Kong's F&B sustainability champions.