(born 1962, Hong Kong) is a London-based restaurateur who is best known for founding the Wagamama
food chain in the United Kingdom. He was born in Sha Tau Kok
, Hong Kong and moved to King's Lynn
, Norfolk at the age of 12 with his family, barely able to speak a word of English. The Times
, 10 January 2008
Alan Yau was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year Honour's List for services to the restaurant industry.
Alan Yau is also the man behind the leading London Chinese restaurants Hakkasan
and more recently Yauatcha
, which have each been awarded a Michelin
In April 2008, the British magazine Restaurant
unveiled its sixth annual global ranking of the 50 Best Restaurants
in which Hakkasan was rated 18th.
Alan Yau is also a director of Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai
, which has five branches in central London. His latest restaurant is a Chinese noodle bar named Cha Cha Moon
, which opened in mid-2008.
In April 2009, Yau made his U.S. debut with the opening of Hakkasan in the Fontainebleau
in Miami Beach
Yau had previously tried to make his U.S. debut in 2006 at New York's Gramercy Park Hotel
, Park Chinois, but didn't due to external pressures.