: 丘德威 pinyin
: Qiū Déwēi), OBE
(born 1962) is a restaurateur who launched the Wagamama
food chain in the United Kingdom
. He was born in Sha Tau Kok
, Hong Kong
and moved to King's Lynn
at the age of 12 with his family, barely able to speak a word of English.
The Wagamama chain is acclaimed with re-inventing the Japanese food industry in the United Kingdom by improving traditional recipes with modern techniques. Alan Yau was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year Honour's List for services to the restaurant industry.
Alan Yau is also the man behind the leading London Chinese restaurants Hakkasan and more recently Yauatcha, which have each been awarded a Michelin Star.
In April 2008, the British magazine Restaurant unveiled its sixth annual global ranking of the 50 Best Restaurants in which Hakkasan was rated 18th.
Alan Yau is also a director of Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai, which has three branches in central London. His latest restaurant is Chinese noodle bar Cha Cha Moon, which opened in mid-2008.