A Star performer

A Star performer

Felix Leung woos judges and food critics with his fine dishes at a high-profile cooking competition


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Photos: Amanda Ho
Felix Leung Hin-wa was named the winner of the Dim Sum Talented Chef Competition 2013 at the Peninsula hotel yesterday. Leung won a cash prize of HK$25,000 and a two-year internship at The Peninsula. He will spend one year in Hong Kong and six months each in Beijing and Shanghai.

First runner-up was Lawrence Law Siu-long, 21, while second runner-up was Karen Chan Yin, 18, of Our Lady's College.

Felix won the judges over with his dishes of diced abalone, mushroom and BBQ pork in a tart, "Dumbo" - deep-fried elephant-shaped dim sum which had a yam bean, mushroom and meat stuffing - and a dessert of a sesame ball filled with egg custard and garnished with a golden bird's nest.

The runners-up also won HK$25,000 and a year's internship at The Peninsula, which organised the event.

Felix is following in the footsteps of his father, who is also a chef. After graduating from Form Five, he started work as a chef in Super Star Seafood Restaurant in Kwun Tong. He said he will use his prize money to help his parents. "I put in a lot of effort to prepare for this competition, and it's all been worth it," he said. "I still feel as if it's a dream."

Felix said the first thing he was going to do was to call his former teacher to thank him for his encouragement and mentoring. He had plans for a family celebration last night.

Young Karen said she was nervous at first, but is very happy about coming third. She has no further plans at the moment. The next big test for her will be the HKDSE exam.

SCMP Senior Food & Wine Editor Susan Jung said Felix's food was creative, delicious and very well done for someone so young.

She said Felix's food not only looked great but tasted good, and was well thought out.

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