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Chris Dwyer

Luxury travel and food writer

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I'm a Hong Kong-based freelance specialising in luxury travel and food features for top-tier global publications and platforms. I write mainly for CNN.com, BBC Travel, The South China Morning Post, Robb Report, inflight magazines and luxury titles.

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BBC Travel
02/08/2017
Bhutan's dark sense of humour

The Land of The Thunder Dragon, as the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan's full name translates into English, has famously embraced modern life at a considerably slower pace than much of the rest of the world. Television and the internet only arrived in 1999, with mobile phone networks coming four years later.

CNN Travel
11/30/2018
The world's most scenic flight?

(CNN) - HNL -- MAJ -- KWA -- KSA -- PNI - TKK -- GUM. That's Honolulu -- Majuro -- Kwajalein -- Kosrae -- Pohnpei -- Chuuk -- Guam. You'll definitely want a window seat. Aviation geeks call it "the holy grail of flight routes."

CNN Travel
06/26/2019
What it's like to eat at world's best restaurant

Situated in the elegant seaside town of Menton in the French Riviera, the clue is in its name. Mirazur roughly translates as "look at the blue," suggesting a vantage point over the water. And it certainly has one, reached by a winding incline of a road.

CNN Travel
07/16/2019
Northern exposure: Summer in the coolest US state

The (CNN) - United States' 49th state, the country's largest, is famed for snowy landscapes, wintry weather and frigid temperatures. But the long days of summer -- most of the state has almost 24-hour daylight for two months each year -- mean that there's no shortage of time to experience the wilderness, people and culture that make this a truly special destination.

BBC Travel
11/16/2016
A Sunday ritual for 300,000 women

It was just after 11am on a Sunday morning in Hong Kong and already 32C in the shade. The dazzling sun reflected off the steel-and-glass skyscrapers in the city's central business district, while opposite the Bank of America Tower down below, Rachel untied the knot on a small plastic bag containing chicken-feet adobo.

Robb Report Singapore
03/06/2019
Female chefs in Australia: Alla Wolf-Tasker from Lake House and Neisha Woo from Spice Temple are...

For urbanites living in constantly bustling Asia, it's difficult to imagine a more idyllic scene than lunch on the terrace at Lake House in Daylesford, a small town an hour northwest of Melbourne. Trees provide gentle cover from sunlight, covering the deck in warmth, while the lake in question is a perfect shade of blue and super-elegant suites and villas overlook the water.

Hong Kong Tatler
05/17/2019
A Food Lover's Guide To Hoi An

This vibrant town in Central Vietnam has plenty of charms Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get all our top stories delivered We're on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us for the latest news, events and happenings Maybe it was Hoi An's history as a maritime merchant's crossroads, one where flavours and ingredients from across Asia and around the world would meld in delicious harmony.

CNN Travel
07/11/2017
The Australian farm where cows eat chocolate

(CNN) - It's the only flight I've ever been on where the attendant walked down the narrow aisle holding a notepad asking, "Does anyone need a taxi booking for when we land?" As introductions go to this quiet corner of South Australia, it speaks volumes.

Fine Dining Lovers
07/08/2019
The soul of real Balinese food

Food writer Maya Kerthyasa is endeavouring to record Bali's huge array of culinary traditions before they disappear: "Food here is considered like a religion". By Chris Dwyer on The paradise destination of has grown so much as a destination that it can feel impossible to keep up with the genuine and unique soul of the island's cuisine.

CNN Travel
11/16/2018
The extraordinary woman behind Veuve Clicquot

(CNN) - Veuve Clicquot's famous yellow label may be immediately recognizable around the world, but the remarkable woman behind the brand? Less so. The French champagne house takes its name (which translates as "Widow Clicquot") from an extraordinary, pioneering lady who overcame unimaginable hurdles to transform Veuve Clicquot into one of the world's most sought-after fine wines.

South China Morning Post
The surprising cuisine of Mongolia

Mongolia's weather defines its food like few other destinations, with meals heavy in meat and dairy products and full of unique flavours Visitors can arrange to stay in tents next to families and dine with them

South China Morning Post
Paris is finally undergoing a Chinese restaurant revolution

For decades, Chinese food in Paris consisted largely of buffet trays of meats, rice and vegetables, all sweet and slightly cloying. Luckily things are changing, with restaurants introducing Parisians to genuine regional Chinese cuisines.

CNN Travel
12/03/2018
9 of the most luxurious travel experiences in the US

(CNN) - Bobsledding in Utah with Olympic medalists, a $50,000 per night penthouse in New York and the chance to throw the first pitch at a Cubs game. If you're one of the lucky few happy to drop some serious coin on travel experiences in the United States, then there are almost no limits to what you can find yourself doing.

South China Morning Post
A gourmet traveller's guide to the best of Sonoma County

Three restaurants - Edge, Backyard and SingleThread - all use locally grown produce, in some cases their own and serve Sonoma wines. Their menus are heavily influenced by the seasons and change regularly.

South China Morning Post
6 of Melbourne's hottest new restaurants

From 'MasterChef Australia' mentor Shannon Bennett's Ike-Jime Seafood by Vue to Sunda's fusion fare, the dining scene in the Australian city is bursting with novel flavours

Robb Report Singapore
03/06/2019
Female chefs in Australia: Alla Wolf-Tasker from Lake House and Neisha Woo from Spice Temple are...

For urbanites living in constantly bustling Asia, it's difficult to imagine a more idyllic scene than lunch on the terrace at Lake House in Daylesford, a small town an hour northwest of Melbourne. Trees provide gentle cover from sunlight, covering the deck in warmth, while the lake in question is a perfect shade of blue and super-elegant suites and villas overlook the water.

Silk Road: Cathay Dragon inflight magazine
09/03/2018
Deliciously Down To Earth

Brilliant Taiwanese produce discovered with an award-winning chef

CNN Travel
02/08/2019
13 of the world's most romantic places

(CNN) - Maybe you'd choose the white sands and turquoise waters of a deserted tropical beach. Perhaps it's the lure of iconic cultural cities such as Paris, Venice or Istanbul. Then again, the call of the wild from a safari is a pretty special way to spend time with your beloved.

CNN Travel
01/12/2018
14 hot new global restaurants for 2018

(CNN) - French haute cuisine in Macau, Mediterranean mezze in New York, European classics in Nairobi and refined beach shack seafood in Bali are just some of the options enticing global diners to new restaurants in 2018. Here are 14 additions to the culinary must-try list for those keen to get in first at the hottest tables around the world.

Ritz-Carlton Journey
Hong Kong: The Definitive Shopping Guide

Hong Kong is the fashion capital of Asia - and for good reason. Here are the best places to shop, from boutiques to megamalls to street markets.

South China Morning Post
A Hard Day's Night Hotel

Located in a Grade II listed building dating back to 1884, the property is filled with photographs, pop art, memorabilia and more

CNN
What's inside London's secret green shelters?

But the handful of green wooden sheds known as taxi cabmen's shelters have a fascinating history. They date to 1875, back when horse-drawn Hansom cabs were the vehicle of choice for London's first taxi drivers.

Hong Kong Tatler
07/04/2018
A Food Lover's Guide To Manila

The capital of The Philippines has come into its own in recent years as the nation's culinary traditions have finally started to receive long-overdue kudos. Filipino restaurants have been winning rave reviews and awards from D.C.

South China Morning Post
08/16/2018
From caponata to cavatelli, a Sicily food journey you hope never ends

Mind-blowing ingredients grown in the volcanic soils of Mount Etna or fished from the Mediterranean Sea, piquant flavours of a cuisine shaped by waves of invaders, all savoured at an alfresco lunch put on by villagers: Sicily is the promised land

CNN Travel
02/08/2018
12 lavish Valentine's Day experiences for 2018

(CNN) - For many of us, February 14 usually involves picking up some flowers on the way home from the office and hoping the best ones haven't already gone (they usually have). Or showing your special someone how much you care by attempting to bake for the first -- and last -- time.

BBC Travel
11/16/2017
A Sunday ritual for 300,000 women

It was just after 11am on a Sunday morning in Hong Kong and already 32C in the shade. The dazzling sun reflected off the steel-and-glass skyscrapers in the city's central business district, while opposite the Bank of America Tower down below, Rachel untied the knot on a small plastic bag containing chicken-feet adobo.

South China Morning Post
05/31/2018
Three of the best, most fun contemporary restaurants in Berlin

Glass, Ora and Mrs Robinson's are three restaurants that epitomise Berlin's dining scene - passionate, fun and vibrant. They serve exciting, well-presented dishes in relaxed settings with an emphasis on techniques and flavours

South China Morning Post Sunday Post Magazine
05/25/2018
Reims: France's champagne capital and hometown of Veuve Clicquot

The portrait of an elderly lady with slightly stern features, dressed in black with a white lace veil, which has adorned countless corks, is one that perfectly fits the cultural notion of a widow. It is easy to neglect the fact, however, that in the early 19th century, many women were widowed when still decades from their dotage.

CNN
Ultimate luxury travel experiences - CNN.com

Nothing was too grand for the recent Shanghai International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), where the biggest and most exclusive names in hospitality battled for a slice of the lucrative and growing Chinese outbound travel pie. Money not an issue? Here are a few of the more incredible experiences that were on show.

South China Morning Post
06/17/2018
East African elephants a highlight for tourists, a livelihood for locals

Clouds of red dust rise up through the distant under­growth followed by a growing crescendo of rustling and shuffling before the first attempt at a fearsome trump. It sounds more like a children's party trumpet. Baby elephants are cute enough, but when red-brown from hours out playing and foraging in the dry Nairobi National Park, they look like they've been dusted in cocoa powder.

CNN Travel
03/26/2018
How to celebrate the royal wedding in style

(CNN) - If you haven't received an invitation by now, the chances are there won't be a seat for you at St. George's Chapel at Britain's Windsor Castle on May 19. From getting up close-ish on their brief processional route to having your own royal getaway, here are some travel options to allow you to say you were there -- at least in spirit.

South China Morning Post
04/05/2018
Cricket on ice unites old foes India and Pakistan in St Moritz

Switzerland has long been a popular travel destination with Indian tourists, largely thanks to its use as a backdrop in Bollywood films, its hills coming alive with perfectly choreographed and synchronised dancers. The young couple from Mumbai, however, sitting next to me on the Glacier Express train, are visiting the chic Swiss resort of St Moritz for a very different and highly unusual reason: a cricket tournament ...

Prestige Online - Society's Luxury Authority
04/24/2018
Venture into the Ryokans, Onsens and Forests of Japan

As we wend our way from the station in Nakatsu, 120km east of Fukuoka on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, it quickly becomes clear that my week with Walk Japan has one critical element: being naked among strangers. As a Brit, this prospect is absolutely terrifying.

CNN Travel
12/13/2017
Perth: Australia's new capital of cool

(CNN) - It was the unlikely setting of a dark basement rock bar named Alfred's Pizzeria that confirmed our suspicions about Perth. Under a tongue-in-cheek sign proclaiming "No Stairway to Heaven," brilliant cocktails, the perfect playlist and impeccable handmade pizzas came together in one of the coolest bars in what's definitely one of the coolest cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

South China Morning Post
01/12/2017
Como Uma Bhutan - stay in 'paradise' on one of the last luxury tourism frontiers

Helicopter rides, archery classes and yak dumplings make for a highly memorable visit to the mysterious Himalayan kingdom By Chris Dwyer There's a Como in Bhutan? No - there are two in the landlocked, mysterious Himalayan Buddhist kingdom whose name means "land of the thunder dragon".

CNN Travel
05/05/2017
Top chefs on tour: 10 global culinary pop-ups

Chris Dwyer, CNN * Updated 17th July 2017 (CNN) - Pop-ups have taken the culinary world by storm in recent years, allowing chefs of repute to bring their unique experience and talent to shine in someone else's kitchen.

Cathay Pacific Discovery
08/08/2017
World's best dishes: Sichuan peppercorn - Discovery

It's an obsession shared by many who love Chinese food: Sichuan peppercorns, or hua jiao. The tiny, woody jewels that famously numb the lips are not peppercorns at all, but seed pods of the prickly ash tree.

CNN
World's 50 best restaurants of 2017

New York's Eleven Madison Park knocked Italy's Osteria Francescana into second place and pushed Spain's El Celler de Can Roca into third, after seven years climbing the leader board. The 2017 ceremony took place in Melbourne, Australia on April 5, having moved from New York the year before.

South China Morning Post
03/30/2017
Cherry blossom time in Kyoto: where to go and what to eat

Hanami, or watching the cherry blossoms, is a Japanese institution. Here's our guide to the best restaurants and locations to sit, eat and enjoy sakura season in Japan's beautiful former imperial capital

The Robb Report
03/01/2017
Best of the Basque

The very best of the Basque jewel, San Sebastian.

CNN
The hottest new restaurants for 2017

Located on Albermarle Street in swanky Mayfair, it promises a fun and modern take on the country's cooking with dishes that include hoedeopbap: slices of raw and fresh seafood with signature Korean dressing and marinated skewers of Ibérico pork and prime rib, cooked in the classic Korean barbecue style.

CNN
12 beautiful new hotels to check into in 2016 - CNN.com

A heritage-listed former pub in Sydney? Whether you like your hotels opulent, classy, off-the-wall or flashy, these top new properties -- some already open -- are worth checking into in 2016. Opened: December 1, 2015 Quirky Keemala is designed around both nature and culture, making it one of Phuket's most unique properties.

The Peak
01/10/2016
Marco Pierre White interview

The Godfather of contemporary British cuisine, Marco Pierre White once held three Michelin stars at a younger age than any other chef in history. His mercurial talents and life story are laid bare in an in-depth interview for Hong Kong's leading luxury magazine.

Destinasian
03/01/2016
Dishing up Da Nang

Central Vietnam is home to some of the richest and most diverse cuisine in Asia, with brilliant, iconic dishes at every turn. From street-side eats to fine dining, the stretch of coast around Da Nang and Hoi An is revealed as a true culinary paradise.

Crave Magazine
01/16/2017
Tulum, Mexico: Technicolor

I visit the culinary hotspot of Tulum in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for Hong Kong gourmet publication Crave magazine.

CNN
Six outrageously opulent Dubai experiences - CNN.com

Opulence is everywhere. A McLaren F1 sits casually behind a Ferrari F150 at the stoplight, certain hotels offer guests a 24-carat gold iPad to use during their stay, while gold leaf and marble often seem the only materials interior designers have to work with.

Fine Dining Lovers
10/19/2015
Alain Ducasse: "French Cuisine? It's Plural"

A chat with French top chef Alain Ducasse, who shared his thoughts on the state of contemporary French cooking and produce - inside and outside France. By Chris Dwyer on There can be few dining rooms around the world with a more impressive view than Alain Ducasse 's Spoon at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.

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