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Chef Gray Kunz to Open Café Gray Deluxe
at Hong Kong's The Upper House

(Hong Kong, May 20, 2009) - After receiving numerous accolades in New York, Chef Gray Kunz returns to Hong Kong to open Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House, a small intimate hotel managed and operated by Swire Hotels, in October 2009.

The "21st century grand café" overlooks Victoria Harbor from the 49th rooftop floor of the hotel at Pacific Place in Admiralty, and will be a long-awaited dynamic addition to the Hong Kong restaurant scene.

Gray Kunz first came to the attention of Hong Kong gourmets in the 1980s, heading the iconic Plume restaurant at The Regent. Over the past 20 years in New York, he has been acclaimed as one of America's most outstanding and celebrated chefs - earning a maximum four stars by the New York Times at Lespinasse and awarded a Michelin star at Café Gray in the Time Warner Center.

At Café Gray Deluxe, Gray Kunz has adapted his lifetime's experience leading the very finest kitchens in Europe, Asia and America to create an energetic and gourmet café in one of the city's most spectacular locations. His cuisine is a departure from traditional fine dining to "everyday dishes" with an accent on local organic produce and relaxed service. 

"Returning to Hong Kong, where people have a passion for high quality cuisine, is a dream come true for me," said Chef Kunz. "The understated luxury and spectacular views of Café Gray Deluxe offer a dramatic backdrop for the exciting interpretations of classic European cuisine that we will serve. Our menu will be infused with the freshest ingredients, organic meats, exotic delicacies, and new ideas from the heartland of America to the food capitals of Europe, to the islands of Asia." 

The contemporary interior design of Café Gray Deluxe with breathtaking harbor views and double height ceilings creates an energetic dining space. The seductive bar and lounge is highlighted by a 46 foot long bar, symmetrical with an open kitchen feature. 

"Gray Kunz is renowned as one of the world's greatest chefs and his return to Hong Kong is highly anticipated. We are thrilled to have him as our partner and are confident Café Gray Deluxe will complement the hotel's unique style, as well as enhance the area's vibrant dining scene," said Dean Winter, general manager of The Upper House.

Swire Hotels

Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a luxury experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.

The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and will be followed by the opening of a 117-room luxury hotel in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in the autumn of 2009 and in the future a 90-room hotel at TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou. Swire Hotels will open a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST in Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, in 2010.

In the United Kingdom, Swire Hotels is developing a collection of stylish boutique hotels in interesting English towns and cities to be launched in 2010.

About Pacific Place

One of the largest commercial and retail centers, Pacific Place is spread over 5,000,000 square feet of prime real estate in the heart of Hong Kong's business district with direct access to the Admiralty MTR station. Since its inception in 1989, the four-level mall has become home to over 130 shops and boutiques and two major department stores, collectively offering a dazzling array of contemporary fashion and internationally renowned and luxurious brand names.

This comprehensive shopping destination is also the location of three five-star hotels, a conference center, three Grade-A office towers and a luxury-serviced apartment. Under the leadership of Swire Properties, Pacific Place remains Hong Kong's premier shopping destination.

About Pacific Place Design Improvement Project

The Pacific Place Design Improvement Project is part of the on-going regeneration of Pacific Place to meet the ever-changing needs of shoppers. The project - led by famed English architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio and themed "A New Frame of Mind" - involves a fluid approach to interior, exterior and architectural refinement of Pacific Place to a new era of style and luxury.

Sweetie Nelson


Also See: Swire Hotels Set to Open Second Hong Kong Hotel; EAST a 345 Room Lifestyle Business Hotel / May 2009
Eight A-list Restaurants and Bars Opening Almost at Once in New York's Time Warner Center; Reinforces New York as Capital of Gastronomy / January 2004



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