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因為欣賞法國人濃厚的飲食文化丶傳統與專業,以及法國人日常不忘慢活、不忘環保、每項細節也富美感的生活之道 (French Art de Vivre),每年也會劃分數個月回到此浪漫國度旅居。走遍東南西北或大或小的釀酒區及美食城市,細味酒香與探索飲食潮流,參與業內專業活動,沿途直接與各有風格的釀酒師、精益求精的料理主廚、抱負前瞻的農業家等對話交流。漸漸建立自家一套在地球任何一角也可奉行的「Live Chic,Live Inspired 」精緻樂活心得 - 快樂和滿足並非等同盲目消費!被本地主要媒體訪問,並在多本國際女性閱刊及本地暢銷報章被奉為「法國通」,分享當地旅遊推介、禮儀及文化。曾獲邀以嘉賓身份為雜誌專欄寫作、出席電視節目及品牌活動擔任演說。

對美酒美食的熱情萌芽於紐約留學時期,主修工商管理卻沉浸於當地五花八門的最新餐飲概念,一直希望訓練自己的鼻子與舌尖。2008年決意重整屬於自己嚮往的自由生活,放下法國名牌集團工作,前往 Le Cordon Bleu Paris (巴黎藍帶國際廚藝餐旅學院) 完成品酒課程。法國為全球最具影響力的產酒之都,無價的便是與當地富經驗的專業人仕一起品評。隨後取得 The Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 (WSET III) 高級品酒資格。2017年完成穿梭巴黎與香檳酒區、雲集一眾法國飲食界頂尖權威、結合科學、歷史、經濟與藝術的法國飲食文化高級文憑課程。由 Le Cordon Bleu Paris 與 The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (香檳區翰斯大學) 聯辦,獲頒發 Hautes Études du Goût (Advanced Study in Gastronomy and Taste)  以及「Diplôme Universitaire du Goût, de la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table 」(DUGGAT) 大學認可證書。

2009年成立會員制網上平台 QueenEco ,以法國人日常享受生活之道 (French Art de Vivre) 為靈感,與本地時尚智慧女性分享精緻樂活心得 - 美酒美食以外,愛護古物、崇尚天然、著重藝術及生活細節。與不同法籍創業單位籌辦細味法式生活活動,讓會員親身體驗「Live Chic,Live Inspired」。

2011年成立全港首間以巴黎女生小巧公寓為概念的私人茶室 The Girls Room by QueenEco,以此為基地籌備香港女生夢寐以求的 Tea Party 茶聚派對,更是香港專營 Bridal Shower 之先鋒,讓一眾女生享受如在家般自在的法式閒情逸致,輕鬆品嚐經 QueenEco 手工美感重新演繹的法式住家風味茶點。自推出以来,有幸得各大傳媒支持,更獲香港暢銷報章蘋果日報於2012年評為全港十大下午茶選址一。

2014年出版香港第一本為女生度身訂造原創中文巴黎精緻深度旅遊指南The Girls’ Book to Paris 巴黎女樂主意》,帶領大家放慢腳步感受巴黎小品式浪漫的一面。書中更附有實用禮儀貼士,以便不同場合上能與當地人友善互動。推薦的地址均是親身挑選,更被香港法國工商會行政總監及其他法籍業內人士大讚十分地道:彷彿只有在巴黎生活十年以上而且熱愛巴黎的人才能發掘得到。

2018年逐步推出「Holiday Mood by QueenEco」以美食為軸心的慢活旅遊體驗 ,發揚在地球任何一角也可奉行的「Live Chic,Live Inspired 」精緻樂活心得,讓城市人不論在香港或是海外勝地,以猶如度假般的心情細味生活,放慢生活步調,享受悠然自在的節奏。

 

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Aspired by the rich culture in Gastronomy and Wine, and how French people embrace slow living with a good sense of aesthetics and an eco-friendly mindset in their daily life, QueenEco stays partly in France every year to enjoy her taste huntings and participate in professional events around the country, be it a wine region or a gastronomic city. Along the way, her direct conversations with the people who make the wine, grow the produces and create the cuisine inspire her a lot.  To live out French Art de Vivre anywhere in the world, she has developed her own style of “Live Chic. Live Inspired.” Throughout the years, she has been interviewed by a variety of local media, especially leading female magazines and newspapers, to share her experiences in France and with the French culture.  She has also been invited to guest write on magazine columns, and as a guest speaker on television programs and lifestyle brands’ events.

Her passion for Gastronomy and Wine was first ignited during her business school time in the vibrant New York City. She interned at New York Magazine where she got exposed to all latest addresses of cool bars and restaurants, from Sunday Champagne Brunch to exotic Fusion food in funky set ups to classical French fine dining. She hoped to develop her nose and palate one day. To pursue her dream life, she quitted her career in the French luxury brands industry, of which she has been a Customer Relationship Marketing pioneer in the APAC market.    In 2008, she went to Paris to pursue the full Wine and Spirits Initiation Program at Le Cordon Bleu. Tasting with industry experts there was a priceless experience as France is the most influential wine country in the world. Afterwards, she attained The Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 (WSET III) advanced certificate.  Always “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”, in 2017, she completed a one-year multi-disciplinary program which examines the science and art, tradition and innovation, of taste, gastronomy and the art of fine dining. Jointly organized by Le Cordon Bleu and the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, the program was carried out in Paris and Champagne, and lectured by an inspiring group of the crème de la crème experts each day. She was awarded the Hautes Études du Goût (Advanced Study in Gastronomy and Taste) diploma, together with Diplôme Universitaire du Goût, de la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table (DUGGAT).

While continuously exploring and evolving…

2009: founded QueenEco, a members’ club platform to share with local modern educated females how to live out French Art de Vivre anywhere in the world. She envisions a lifestyle of enjoying good food and good wine, embracing slow living with aesthetic sense, having environmental awareness, and appreciating art and details of everyday life. She curates French Art de Vivre events with French entrepreneurs for her audience to truly experience “Live Chic. Live Inspired.”

2011: set up the Girls Room by QueenEco, a one-of-a-kind private tea room based on the concept of a Parisian girl’s apartment, where customers can savour home-style regional specialties of France, re-styled by QueenEco. It aims to provide memorable tea party experiences to local females and is the pioneer specialising in bridal showers. Since its launch, it has been well supported by various media, and was chosen by Apple Daily, the major local newspaper, as one of the top ten afternoon tea locations in Hong Kong in 2012.

2014: published The Girls’ Book to Paris by QueenEco, the first original insider Paris travel guide book written in Chinese in Hong Kong with well thought out tips for various occasions to interact with locals.  Dedicated to the girl in every woman, all locations were personally tested and selected with care, and usually not covered by mainstream travel guides. The book received high praise from the Executive Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and other insiders: those recommendations were exceptionally local; it seems only people who have lived in Paris for more than a decade with love could have discovered them.

2018: launching soon is Holiday Mood by QueenEco, a series of gastronomic slow travel programs in Hong Kong or other cool places on the planet, for urbanites to experience “Live Chic. Live Inspired.” anywhere in the world.

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