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Acclaimed chef, LGBT advocate leads social, culinary change in Hong Kong

Controversial restaurateur May Chow unbowed by COVID-19 pandemic

“Women always have to fight double and triple hard," says Canadian-born Hong Kong chef May Chow, who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef by the World’s Best 50 Restaurants in 2017.

HONG KONG -- May Chow may be the most controversial -- and visible -- chef in Hong Kong: an acclaimed female restaurateur who is also a symbol of change for women and the LGBTQ community in greater China. But it seems she is just getting started.

"I love to visit schools and show women that they can be head chefs, too," says Chow, 35, owner-creator of the Soho district restaurants Little Bao and Happy Paradise, which explore Chinese flavors in contemporary guises and playful settings, as well as a beer bar and a Bangkok outlet.

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