I love food and I never let a concept go.” David Laris, one of the most well-known and prolific restaurateurs in Shanghai, joins us to talk about the dining in Shanghai and his fine dining concepts.
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David Laris

“I love food and I never let a concept go.” David Laris, one of the most well-known and prolific restaurateurs in Shanghai, joins us to talk about the dining in Shanghai and his fine dining concepts. In David’s opinion, dining in Shanghai still has a long way to go and he is dedicated to moving the market further. What drives him to be a famous chef and at the same time as a successful entrepreneur? Will he make multiply fine dining?

David Laris was born in Sydney, Australia and his style of cooking can be described as contemporary fine dining. His background and training is classic French. Growing up in Sydney, he was exposed to a city where cuisine takes on an innovative and experimental approach. In later years, the Chef worked across Southeast Asia, whereby Asian flavors and ingredients began to influence his style. Today, David combines classic techniques with fresh takes and unexpected ingredients to create his signature style of contemporary fine dining.

David became well known in London, where he made numerous television appearances while heading Mezzo, earning Sir Terence Conran’s flagship restaurant countless accolades for innovative and exciting dining. Noted especially for his talent for mixing fresh ideas and classic dishes, David elevated Mezzo to world-renowned status through his diverse culinary approach. From 1999 to 2002, he served as Executive Chef, heading a team of over 50 chefs across two separate restaurants, a private dining room and a café.

In 2002, Three on the Bund invited the Chef from London to Shanghai to open his first flagship restaurant. This landmark for fine dining excellence paved the way for other high level dining establishments to follow and successfully launch in China. From 2003 to 2010, Laris Restaurant became known in Shanghai, China and Asia as a symbol of innovative fine dining, five-star service and hospitality, and destination dining and entertainment.
In 2008, he founded David Laris Creates (DLC) to provide much-needed consulting and development services for third party clients.

The latest fine dining venture by the Chef is the twelve-seat private dining room located in Shanghai’s new development, Sinan Mansions.


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