Wo Ting Wai
Chef at Inn Side Out
My name is Wo Ting Wai and I’m an Executive Chief of Inn Side Out restaurant chain.
I was born and raised in the cosmopolitan Hong Kong. So maybe that was the reason why I didn’t have a clear vision of my professional perspectives until I was 18 years old. I was just simply searching for a job, saw an ad and started working as a kitchen assistant.
And, as the saying goes, the appetite came to me with the eating. I realized that I loved not only to eat, but also to create food. Already being an assistant to the chief in the LA Café, I started to attend cooking classes. My primitive knowledge were so not enough for me. That was the birth of my culinary ambitions. And since then, there is not a single day when I’m calmed down. I always learn, explore and take interest. My natural passion and dedication has played a very positive role for my career.
Driven by the new ideas and creations, in 1994 I became a chef in El Grande, restaurant of American food culture.
Since then I’ve been working there, growing and developing together with the company. And, of course, I’ve taken my experience from the best chefs. They were American and Italian chefs, amazing and highly-professional people of great charisma. That’s quite impossible to include in a short interview all those funny, insightful, and sometimes even dramatic episodes of my culinary story. I can assure you there were plenty of them. They all helped me to become a real chef. Today I run El Grande restaurant chain (and even Mo Bros, Hong Kong Brew House, Happy Valley Bar and Grill, Hop House, Fatt’s, Slim’s and Tequilla Jack’s bars). And I’m so insanely happy and thankful for the team of professionals with whom every day we create something truly unique.
My favorite dish is one with meat. That might be any style and cuisine. But the more I try, the more I’m convinced that American food is closest to me. Believe me, it is not limited to KFC or McDonald’s. That’s a separate culture, rich with meat and flavour. Everything is to my taste.
I leave the kitchen rather seldom. It just happened so – I do love this business. Sometimes friends manage to pull me out to evening get-together. And then almost certainly I relieve my feelings in karaoke. Love it a lot. I would advise the readers to work in good faith and with clear conscience, relax well and follow your dreams. Then everything will come out as you wish.
I’ve cooked beef ribs. That’s one of my favourite dishes and it’s gorgeous. If cooked in a proper way, meat would be so soft that it falls off the bone.
Inn Side Out
This restaurant has not just an American-style name. Its interior and exterior decoration fully comply with the chosen style. The terrace offers a great view on the football field, which, if necessary, can be the golf course. Such an amazing place to enjoy. Children will be fond of food, and adults certainly will appreciate huge selection of beer drinks from all over the world.
Address: SCAA, 88 Caroline Hill Road, 2nd Floor Golf Driving Range, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong