Chef Jeremy Chan

Expressions Of Tradition

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Expressions Of Tradition
Chef Jeremy Chan shares his colourful memories of Lunar New Year, told in partnership with Frieze.

Creative individuals have the power to amplify the ways in which we discover the varied, colourful expressions of tradition that form festivities around the world. In the second instalment of this series – told in partnership with global art platform Frieze – chef Jeremy Chan recalls his experiences of Lunar New Year in Hong Kong as a child, and how that influences the way he approaches the annual celebrations today.

Jeremy Chan is a chef and co-founder of two Michelin-starred restaurant Ikoyi in London at 180 Strand. Born in the northwest of England, Jeremy spent his childhood travelling throughout Europe, the United States and Hong Kong. As a teenager, he taught himself to speak six languages fluently.

After completing a degree in philosophy and languages at Princeton, he worked briefly in the financial sector in Europe before realising that his heart belonged elsewhere: exploring an interest in cultures and especially the world of gastronomy.

In 2017, together with his long-time school friend, Iré Hassan-Odukale, he opened Ikoyi restaurant in the heart of London. Here, Jeremy builds spice-based cuisine around British micro-seasonality, combining Nigerian, British, Japanese and French products to create fine dishes with unusual flavours. The restaurant received a Michelin star after only one year, and a second followed in 2022.

Discover Jeremy’s story and how he celebrates Lunar New Year – with traditions old and new – in his short film, told in partnership with Frieze.

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