Three members of the Macau Culinary Association – including Sands Macau Chef Patrick Li Hing Cheung – have shown that their talents extend beyond the dinner table after winning the Snow Sculpture Contest at The 68th Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.
One of 11 teams from around the world taking part in the contest, the trio – which also featured Perry Yuen Kam Hung and Tam Kuong Wu – worked 12 hours a day for four days without the assistance of electrical tools. Their completed piece, called “Crane Dance in Spring”, was enough to claim top prize ahead of last year’s winner Latvia.
Chef Li has worked with Sands for 13 years and is currently head chef at Sands Macao’s 888 Las Vegas Buffet. He and his colleagues were invited to take part in the Snow Sculpture contest by the Macao Government Tourist Office as a means of promoting Macau to the two million people that visit the Sapporo Snow Festival each year.