About Joël Robuchon

Best Craftsman of the year 1976

Chef of the Century 1990

Most-Awarded Michelin-Star Chefs 

Mr. Joël Robuchon was born in Poitiers in 1945. He started his culinary career at the tender age of 15, and by the 1970’s, in Paris, had already gained a reputation as a highly accomplished but ‘rebel chef’, bucking the trends of commonplace nouvelle cuisine. Known for his unwavering pursuit of culinary excellence, Robuchon believed that there was no such thing as the perfect meal; one can always do better.

Having built up a long list of Michelin stars and accolades, at the age of 51, he shocked the culinary world, by announcing his retirement to allow him to spend time with his family and travel the world. During his journeys, he discovered Asia and developed a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and traditions. Several years later he returned to being a restaurateur, introducing a refreshing, accessible concept L’atelier, which housed the Japanese dining counter for European food, allowing sociable dining of the highest quality without the pomp and ceremony.

Our Team
Hong Kong
Executive Chef
Julien Tongourian
Julien Tongourian is currently the Executive Chef of Joël Robuchon Hong Kong, overseeing the renowned French restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for 13 consecutive years, and Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. Additionally, he also serves as the Executive Chef of Robuchon au Dôme in Macau, located in the Grand Lisboa Hotel. This remarkable achievement has earned him the distinction of being the only chef to have two restaurants awarded three stars in the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2023 and 2024.
Julien continue honoring the legacy of Mr. Joël Robuchon, he has the same spirit of cooking and the same respect to the ingredients, continue with his passion that shared by Mr. Joël Robuchon especially what he has been taught and demonstrated directly from him. His happiness comes from the satisfactory of the guests as well passing his knowledge and passion to his team.
Hong Kong
Executive Sous Chef
John Hui
John Hui currently serves as the Executive Sous Chef at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. Inspired by the culinary philosophy and spirit of the legendary “Chef of the Century” Mr. Joël Robuchon, John made a dedicated decision to join Lisboa Food & Wines Limited in 2021 to contribute to and sharpen his culinary skills.
Drawing from his extensive experience and hard work, and under the leadership of Executive Chef Julien, John quickly became an important member of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. As an integral part of the team, John continuously pushes the boundaries of culinary creativity, delighting diners with his skillful execution and meticulous attention to detail.
Hong Kong
Chef Boulanger
Takei Norihiko
Takei Norihiko is the Chef Boulanger of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. He began his work at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Tokyo in 2003, where his talent and dedication led to an invitation from the legendary "Chef of the Century," Mr. Joël Robuchon, to join the opening team of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong in 2006.
Chef Takei is renowned for his mastery in crafting exquisite croissants, baguettes, and renowned Danish. Just like Mr. Joël Robuchon, he pays meticulous attention to detail, and his commitment to perfection is evident in every creation.
Hong Kong
Restaurant Manager
Andy Tong
Andy Tong is currently the restaurant manager at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. He joined Lisboa Food & Wines Limited in 2006 and was one of the members of the opening team for L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Hong Kong.
Through his perseverance and commitment to excellence, Andy has played a pivotal role in the success of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. As the restaurant manager, he oversees the day-to-day operations, ensuring impeccable service, seamless coordination, and an unforgettable dining experience for guests.
Hong Kong
Group Sommelier
Henry Chang
Henry Chang is a Group Sommelier for Lisboa Food & Wines Limited. He plays a critical role in curating the wine program for multiple restaurants within the Group, using his expertise and experience to create exceptional wine experiences for guests at the group's restaurants.
Throughout his career as a sommelier, Henry has won the Sommelier of the Year award, achieved third place in the Sopexa du Sommelier competition, and has been honored twice with The Best Sommelier Hong Kong, showcasing his talent and dedication in the field of wine service.
Hong Kong
Group Barista
Eddie Man
Eddie Man is a Group Barista at Lisboa Food & Wines Limited. With a genuine passion for coffee and over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, Eddie brings a wealth of expertise to his professional role. His expertise is reflected in his development and creation of coffee shop concepts, the creation of enticing beverage recipes, and the ability to formulate diverse menus to cater to different guest preferences. Additionally, he has served as a technical judge for the Hong Kong Barista Championship.