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Christian Remde
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As an award-winning director, editor and motion graphics artist with over 15 years of film and television experience, Christian Remde has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City and London in television, film, commercials and everything in between.

Christian grew up in Silicon Valley, where his submersion in computer technology and his introduction to Star Wars, completely paved his career path into digital filmmaking. Deciding to forego film school, he started working for local production companies as a P.A., learning the ropes and working his way up.

After reading David Lean, a biography by Stephen Silverman about famed director David Lean, director of Christian's favorite film, Lawrence of Arabia, he learned that Lean attributed much of his directorial abilities to his work as an editor, where he was able to see other directors’ work in progress. Lean could also visualize the film better as a director, knowing what shots he’d eventually be using in the editing room. Inspired, Christian started editing and creating motion graphics in the mid- 90s and worked his way to commercials, music videos and narrative shorts and features. While working for Technicolor’s Creative Services division in Los Angeles, he created interactive DVD menus and games for Hollywood blockbusters like The Lion King, Kill Bill, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Finding Nemo, which helped him craft his visual style.

After moving to New York City in 2006, Christian finally decided to begin transitioning out of editing and graphics, and into writing and directing. His first short film, The Wine Bar, was released in 2006 and played at over 50 film festivals, winning 10 awards, including the “Filmmaker” award and “Audience” award at the 2007 DC Short Film Festival and the “Top 10 Best of Fest” at the prestigious Palm Springs Short Film Festival. Since then, Christian has directed for companies like Verizon, Blackberry, MetLife and Citigroup, and expanded his writing and directing portfolio through other short film projects.
The Twelve Films Project, Christian's most recent work, is an ambitious series of 12 short films that were shot, directed and produced during each month in 2011. The May film, Farm to Trailer, received praise in the Austin film and food communities for its look at lauded Austin chef, Bryce Gilmore and his Odd Duck Food Trailer. The July film, Charcuterie, was featured in the Huffington Post, Food & Wine and NY Magazine’s Grub Street. His November film, Local, was a thought-provoking look at the rise of the local food movement in Austin and how it’s being supported by farmers’ markets, local chefs and restaurant, and is currently being transformed into a full-length feature.

Christian’s existing passion for the culinary arts blossomed during the course of these films. He was able to take his life-long love of food and food culture and blend it into his first passion, film.

When Christian is not behind the lens, he is usually out trolling Austin, Texas, his home for the past five years, with his wife Julie, for new and interesting restaurants and food trailers. Outside of film his talents lay in the kitchen, building IKEA furniture, making a mean espresso and masterfully hijacking cars on his favorite guilty pleasure, Grand Theft Auto.

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Hong Kong's First Tea Sommelier (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:52 PM


Ever since there has been wine, there have been experts that have paired it with food, creating a harmonious balance. Now, a similar art is taking place at the InterContinental Hong Kong, but instead of wine, Chinese tea is having its day.

As Hong Kong's first tea sommelier, Kelvin Ng seeks out exclusive Chinese teas for the 2-Michelin starred restaurant, Yan Toh Heen, and then works with the restaurant's chefs to pair them with classic Cantonese dishes. Their current tasting menu pairs three distinct teas with fried rice, seafood, beef, pork and a light and airy dessert.


The first dish is a steamed egg white with poached lobster and a lobster dumpling. Kelvin pairs a Mandarin Orchid tea with it which has a complex aroma and a light honey after-taste. The refreshing mouth-feel of the tea also serves as a perfect palate cleanser for the next dish


The second dish is a seafood fried rice with crab claw, scallops and shrimp and it's paired with a Menghai Tippy Pu Er tea. One of the most popular black teas in Asia, it is aged for 12 years in a tea cellar, giving it a strong herb flavor and a smoky aroma. The rich and complex texture is a perfect pairing for heavier dishes like beef, pork and rich seafood.


Finally, for dessert, a steamed almond pudding with red beans and a green tea dumpling. Paired with this sweet dish is a Phoenix Osmanthus tea which acts like a sweet dessert wine. It is smooth and delicate with a long floral finish and is excellent for digestion and relaxation, a perfect way to end any...

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Eddie McDougall: Hong Kong's First Winemaker (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:08 PM

Eddie McDougall may be best known as the host of the TLC Asia television show, The Flying Winemaker, but more recently he's taken his knowledge and love of wine and turned it into his own label, The Urban Project, the first in a series of four by Hong Kong's first...

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Chef Sang Yoon's Hong Kong Dim Sum Picks (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:55 PM


Los Angeles-based chef Sang Yoon (Father's Office & Lukshon) took a trip to Hong Kong last month with one clear goal in mind... to eat dim sum.

During his many trips to the home of Cantonese cuisine, he has sampled some of...

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Chef David Myers' Hong Kong: Episode 4

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 3:52 PM

Last May, Chef David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ça) and I were invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to visit Hong Kong during the inaugural Art Basel. I had visited the city once, many years ago, and was excited to...

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Chef David Myers' Hong Kong :: Episode 3

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 6:57 PM

Last May, Chef David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ça) and I were invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to visit Hong Kong during the inaugural Art Basel. I had visited the city once, many years ago, and was excited to...

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Chef David Myers' Hong Kong :: Episode 2

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:24 PM

Last May, Chef David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ça) and I were invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to visit Hong Kong during the inaugural Art Basel. I had visited the city once, many years ago, and was excited to...

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Chef David Myers' Hong Kong :: Episode 1

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 10:32 PM

Last May, Chef David Myers (Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ça) and I were invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to visit Hong Kong during the inaugural Art Basel. I had visited the city once, many years ago, and was excited to...

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A Culinary Equation: Episode 1, Ramen

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:30 PM

I've always been fascinated by food, but as I've started doing more cooking myself, I've become more and more interested in the individual components of a dish and how they all come together in the end to create something wonderful. This was the inspiration behind a new series of culinary...

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Coterie Market: Expanding the Go Local Movement

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Often, when someone brings up the "Go Local" movement, thoughts immediately go to local food, but in fact the movement covers a wide range of products that can be made locally. Austin, TX (where I live) has hundreds of "makers" who not only create amazing food, but also beautiful clothing,...

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WATCH: Paul Qui's Food Truck Empire Opens First Brick & Mortar Spot

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 12:43 PM

A few months ago, I spoke to Paul Qui in New York and he told me that East Side King, his Austin food truck empire, was taking that first step into their first real kitchen by taking over the back space of The Hole...

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Staff Meals: Canlis

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 8:44 AM

I learned a lot about family this week as my wife Julie and I welcomed our first child (a beautiful girl, Lucy) into the world. So it's fitting that my latest entry in the Staff Meals series features a family-owned restaurant, Canlis, which has been a Seattle staple...

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Does Paul Qui Ever Sleep?

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Living in Austin for the past two-and-a-half years, I've learned that it's a city with a lot of opinions about its food scene, but the one almost unanimous opinion is that the best food trucks in town are the East Side King trucks owned by Chefs Paul Qui...

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Staff Meals: La Condesa

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 1:39 PM

The second entry in my Staff Meals series features La Condesa in Austin, Texas. Executive Chef Rene Ortiz wanted to bring the flavors of interior Mexico to Austin, a city primarily known for its Tex-Mex cuisine. "Having the opportunity to change how people view Mexican food in Austin...

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A Day In the Life At Contigo Restaurant

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Sometimes it's easy to sit down in a restaurant, order, eat and leave without really thinking about what really goes into making that experience a memorable one, and there's nothing wrong with that. A good restaurant should make you feel welcome, serve you good food and drink and leave you...

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Chef Paul Qui On What's Next

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 9:12 AM


Last month, Paul Qui announced a series of dinners that he was putting on at City Grit in New York City. City Grit is a culinary salon owned by Chef Sarah Simmons, and is housed in an old Catholic School in the...

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Staff Meals: Uchi

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 11:54 AM

I've been shooting in restaurants for the better part of a year, documenting much of the local food scene in Austin, TX, and meeting some amazing chefs. While shooting, something that always interested me (and something that wasn't often talked about) was what the staff themselves ate before a long...

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