After graduating from New York University, Vicky Lau, queen of French-Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong, initially pursued a career in advertising as a graphic designer. Driven by her passion for the culinary arts, she enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu courses in Bangkok and garnered experience in the Cépage brigade, then a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, under the guidance of chef Sebastien Lepinoy. In 2012 came a big leap when she opened Tate Dining Room, where she prepares French-inspired dishes with Asian influences.
Her creativity emerges in the 'edible stories' that characterise the menus she presents with great attention, including visual elements as well as playing with flavours and textures. In 2013, it was awarded a Michelin star by the Hong Kong Macau Michelin Guide. Eight years later, a second star arrived. In 2015, she was awarded the title of Asia's Best Female Chef by The World's 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, Tate Dining Room moved to a larger and more versatile location on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, complete with a pastry shop, the Poem Patisserie, on the ground floor. In January 2021, the chef was awarded two Michelin stars by the Michelin Hong Kong Macau Guide, making her the first female chef in Asia to receive this recognition. In the same year, she ranked 49th at the Best Chef Awards 2021, and was awarded the Visionary Women Award 2021 from Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong, Women of Power 2021 from Prestige Hong Kong and made Asia's Most Influential list from Hong Kong Tatler.