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JASON ATHERTON – Culinary Director

Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001. After launching ‘Maze’ in London and overseeing the opening of five more ‘Maze’ restaurants globally, Jason left Gordon Ramsay Holdings to launch his own restaurant group, The Social Company. His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening. It was awarded 4 AA Rosettes by the AA Guide, named The Good Food Guide’s ‘Best New Restaurant’ and hailed the third best restaurant in the UK. Jason was awarded ‘Chef Of The Year’ by ‘Caterer and Hotelkeeper’, which for a chef, Jason has likened to winning an Oscar.

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AARON GILLESPIE – Executive Chef

Passionate and talented, young Australian chef Aaron Gillespie joined the JIA Group as Executive Chef of 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry in May 2016. He started his culinary journey at the age of 16, gaining vast experience in fine dining restaurants in South Australia and Dubai.

Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Aaron was Senior Sous Chef of the renowned Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey in Dubai, and Chef de Cuisine at La Brasserie at the Atlantis the Palm Hotel in Dubai before that.

Aaron has been hand-picked by Jason Atherton to helm two of his Hong Kong eateries because of his acclaimed, fun, creative and stylish approach to food which make the restaurants he has worked at the hottest places to dine in town.

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MATCH LO – Restaurant Manager

With nearly 15 years of experience, Match Lo is a seasoned veteran in the restaurant industry and no stranger to great service and best-in-class concepts.

 

After a stint at the LUX Bar & Restaurant, a longtime hub located in Hong Kong’s restless neighborhood of Lan Kwai Fong, Match went on to manage teams at some of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife concepts until he landed the role of Assistant Manager at the Gaia group’s Bene Italian restaurant.

 

Match joined the JIA Group in 2012 as Assistant Manager at 22 Ships, the modern tapas bar also located on Ship Street. He was promoted to becoming the Manager at Ham & Sherry when it opened in December 2013. Match’s passion led him to be invited to the vineyards of Spain’s most well-known sherry bodegas, Gonzalez Byass, where he honed his knowledge on Sherries and hopes to revive in Hong Kong the great forgotten wine through Ham & Sherry’s extensive list.