Jowett Yu brings his diverse culinary background and passion for Chinese flavors to his position as Executive Chef at Black Sheep Restaurants, overseeing restaurants including Canton Disco, Ho Lee Fook, Fukuro, Le Garçon Saigon and Le Petit Saigon. Yu’s cooking style reflects his Taiwanese heritage and extensive time spent in Chinese communities around the globe. His distinct take on regional cuisine combines the familiar flavours of traditional dishes with premium local ingredients, modern techniques and refined aesthetic sensibilities.
Fresh out of culinary school, Yu jumped at the opportunity to intern at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, which turned into a full-time position that lasted several years. During that time, the fine dining restaurant ranked within the top five of San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Yu then went on to Marque Restaurant, a three-hat restaurant known for its modern and molecular style, where he specialized in pastries and desserts. Yu later partnered up with fellow young chef Dan Hong, and the pair, inspired by Momofuku’s David Chang, were invited to combine their French training and Asian heritages into a funky Asian concept with a similar ethos. The result was Sydney’s Ms. G’s, which took off immediately and won a prestigious hat from the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide in its second year. The success of Ms. G’s was quickly followed by the opening of Mr. Wong, one of the most popular Cantonese restaurants Sydney has seen.
Yu then met Black Sheep Restaurants Co-Founder Christopher Mark, who challenged Jow to join the group and open a successful Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. Ho Lee Fook opened in June 2014 introducing Hong Kong to a funky Cantonese kitchen where he reinterprets classic Chinese dishes and flavours with premium ingredients, modern techniques and a touch of humour. He then oversaw the opening of Vietnamese grill house Le Garçon Saigon and its offshoot Le Petit Saigon serving authentic Banh Mi Thit. In 2018, the group opened Fukuro, a boisterous izakaya, and its first international outpost, Canton Disco in the Shanghai EDITION.