HARLAN GOLDSTEIN AND ALVIN LEUNG ARE 2 OF HONG KONG'S MOST (IN)FAMOUS CHEFS, KNOWN FOR EXTRAVAGANT CUISINE AND EXCESSIVE EGOS.
So when they met and poked fun at each other's ballooning figures, there was only one choice---a battle of the bulge!
Harlan Goldstein weighs 118.2 kg and Alvin Leung weighs slightly less at 110.3 kg!
Harlan Goldstein and Alvin Leung---larger than life and bigger than most!
The winner will donate cash to his favourite charity and work as waitress for 1 day in the winner's restaurant
Harlan Goldstein Vs. Alvin Leung: The Summer Slim Slam!
Two of Hong Kong’s big bad Michelin Chefs battle in the ultimate weight-loss challenge
The kitchen rumble is on! In a friendly competition of epic proportions, Chef Harlan Goldstein of popular Lan Kwai Fong outlets, Gold and Strip House will compete against Alvin ‘Demon Chef’ Leung of Bo Innovation and MC Kitchen.
The gauntlet was thrown when the two heavyweights met up at the opening of Leung’s Beautifood branch in Lan Kwai Fong. In a mutual decision to get into better shape and health, the two Michelin superstars will compete to see who can lose more weight over a three-month period, from May 22 to August 22.
Each chef will personally wager HK$20,000 for donation to a charity of his choice. The winning loser - that is, the person with the bigger margin of weight loss - will see the majority of the collected money go to his selected charity in an 80-20% split. In addition, the losing chef will have to serve in a waitress uniform at the other chef’s restaurant for one day.
Goldstein and Leung’s official weigh-in will take place on May 22 at Impakt Gym in front of media and supporters. For the duration of the challenge, Goldstein will be working out under the guidance of trainers at Impakt MMA. He will also introduce a special new summer menu to assist his own weight loss regimen. Meanwhile, Leung will go through some X-treme workouts under the supervision of trainers from Pure Fitness, and primarily enjoy the menu at Beautifood, his new cuisine concept with fresh nutritious salads and sushi burritos designed for healthy and active living.
The winner will be declared at the final weigh-out at Pure Fitness on August 22.
“This is going to be the most exciting challenge for me and looking forward to getting healthy and fit. Say goodbye to ‘bad eating habits’!” said Harlan Goldstein.
The charity that Chef Goldstein will benefit is Heifer International, whose mission is to work with families in need across the globe to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Chef Leung will donate his winnings to the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association, which supports children with Diabetes in Hong Kong and Pink Alliance, which is an advocacy against homophobic bullying in schools.
"I was inspired to launch Beautifood's healthy offerings partly because I have become diabetic," chef Leung explains. "So I intend to exercise and eat my way to health and win this challenge."
Get further updates on the challenge at www.facebook.com/summerslimslam.
New Yorker Harlan Goldstein apprenticed at the prestigious Montreaux Palace Hotel in Switzerland at the age of 17, and honed his skills under celebrated Chef Jean Banchet at Michelin 3-star restaurant Le Francais in Chicago before embarking on an illustrious career in the United States and Asia.
In 2013, he earned his first Michelin stars in Hong Kong with Gold, an exclusive and exuberant ‘place to see and be seen’ with one of the most prestigious wine lists in town, and Strip House, where he returned to his New York roots with a retro-style steakhouse invoking the atmosphere of the 1940s. His “must-go” dining experiences share a common philosophy of respecting premium ingredients and enhancing natural flavours through accomplished techniques including slow cooking and smoking.
Harlan G is not affiliated with any other restaurants in Hong Kong, including Harlan’s and Harlan’s Cake Shop, H One, The Box, and G Bar.
With no formal culinary training, self-proclaimed ‘demon chef’ Alvin Leung has received two Michelin-stars for his ‘X-treme Chinese’ cuisine at Bo Innovation. Evolving from a private kitchen speakeasy to a proper dining establishment in 2003, Leung’s creativity was first awarded a Michelin star in the guide’s first Hong Kong survey in 2009. Since then, he has continued to impress critics and diners, appearing in numerous food programmes and starring in his own show The Maverick Chef seen on LiTV and the National Geographic Channel. Recently, he launched MC Kitchen, his new venture in modern comfort cuisine, as well as the Beautifood healthy fast-food franchise.