Our Team

 

– Son Pham, Head Chef –

Captain of the ship at Madame Ching is Chef Son. With Vietnamese roots, an American upbringing and experience in the kitchen from New York to Tokyo and Copenhagen, Son’s diverse background steers his approach to cooking which crosses culture and culinary lines.

Close to embarking on a very different life path, Son studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland before discovering his love for cooking while working part time in a French restaurant where he soon worked his way up from dishwasher to chef de partie. Realising the kitchen was where he felt truly at home, he left his university career behind to pursue his new-found passion. His journey took him across the globe and into the kitchens of the world’s most renowned restaurants.

Drawn in by Hong Kong’s dynamic energy and melting pot of cuisines, Son deepened his understanding of Cantonese cooking and traditions, studying under award-winning celebrity Cantonese Chef Susur Lee. Paying homage to the vibrant city, Son’s dishes tell a story of nostalgia for the millennial age, plating up flavours of familiarity and comfort with creative imagination. At Madame Ching, Son invites guests to discover a new way of enjoying Chinese cuisine.

 

– Charlie mir, restaurant manager –

Dedicated to casual yet personal service that the Pirata Group is known for, Restaurant Manager Charlie Mir’s charm and professionalism has seen him become a leader in Hong Kong’s restaurant scene. With over a decade of experience working in the restaurant industry after and having opened some of Hong Kong’s most popular eateries, Charlie brings his unique insight of the city’s dynamic restaurant scene to the Pirata Group family.

Born and bred in Hong Kong, Charlie’s knowledge of the local food scene knows no bounds – he has a few secret spots for what he considers to be the best char siu in town. As a child, Charlie was lucky enough to travel the world with his family, which peaked his interest in the industry. Curious and intrigued, Charlie followed his passion to Switzerland, London and Dubai before returning back home to Hong Kong. Constantly described as “the life of the party”, Charlie alongside his team at Madame Ching ensure diners have a memorable social dining experience.

 

– OUR FOUNDERS –

MADAME CHING is the seventh restaurant opened by restaurateurs Manuel Palacio and Christian Talpo of Pirata Group, the creative brains behind Hong Kong’s Pirata, The Optimist, TokyoLima, Pici, MEATS, and Chifa.

With over 40 years’ combined experience in the industry across the world’s top gastronomic cities and an insatiable love for food in all forms, the pair is driven by their passion to bring amazing food and dining experiences to Hong Kong. With considered, standalone concepts ranging from homely Italian to Spanish-style asador grill and Izakaya-inspired Nikkei to fresh hand-made pasta, each restaurant is brought to life by Christian and Manuel’s unique vision and infectious energy. For them, Pirata Group’s mission is simple: to deliver top quality food, great service and value for money to Hong Kong diners.