Chef Hansel Sheldon Fonseca

Sheldon Fonseca is the Culinary Director – Western Cuisine for Miramar Group, overseeing its flagship hotel The Mira Hong Kong and its boutiques sister property Mira Moon, both members of the Design Hotels™ network.

Sheldon began his culinary career at Langham Hotel in 1997 after mastering his formal training in London. It was the start of a learning path that has taken him to all parts of Europe, and later to the Far East.

Sheldon started working under the Management of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants at the Connaught Hotel in London, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, then opening Murano by Angela Hartnett.

This was followed by Opening Dorchester Collection’s Mayfair hotel 45 Park Lane under Wolfgang Puck as Executive Sous Chef.

In 2013 Chef Sheldon was appointed as Executive Chef at the Kempinski Hotel Le Mirador for its five restaurants and food and beverage operations. He was recognized with his first Michelin Star at the restaurant Le Trianon in 2013-2014.

After few international roles and prestigious positions in Hong Kong SAR, Chef Sheldon joined Miramar Group in 2020. He is also on the advisory board for Food Made Good Hong Kong.

Your restaurant/business
Miramar Group – Mira Hotel collection – The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Moon

 

Describe your kitchen?
French Mediterranean Cuisine, Handcrafted from Fresh Ingredients, Sustainable to Seasonal

 

Favorite Bragard item?
Bragard Grand Chef

 

First job?
The Langham Hotel, London -UK

 

Your favorite cookbook?
Lessons In Excellence – Charlie Trotter

 

Your Awards?
Nestle Toque D’or Young Chef of the year, National award- NCOTY-UK, British Culinary federation Finalist

 

Your cooking inspiration?
My Mom –  My Mentor – Rory Duncan – My team

 

Your specialty dish?
Cooking fish

 

Favourite dish to eat?
Cantonese Dim sum

 

Weirdest thing you ever ate?
Balut – Cooked egg with a developed embryo

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Favourite ice cream flavour?
Alphonso Mango Or Fig

 

Favourite drink?
Pimm’s Or Martini

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Favourite wine (be specific)?
Amarone della Valpolicella

 

Who would you most like to cook for?
Padma Lakshmi – Author – T.V host – Presenter

 

Who would you least like to cook for?
Not sure

 

Favourite thing to do when not cooking?
Read Cook Books

 

Your latest project?
Creating a new line of retail Jams for Mira Hotel

 

Favourite city and why?
London – My Hometown – It has made me who I am today

 

Your greatest indulgence?
Meal at restaurant – Jean George Klien

 

Your all-time best culinary trip?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – don’t compromise on quality

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