Meet Fabien, the host with the most! Whether he’s greeting you at the door at Yardbird or on the floor recommending a delicious bottle of wine, it’s always with a big, infectious smile. Learn more about his story below.

What is your role at Yardbird and how long have you been with the company?

I’ve been working at Yardbird for almost two years. I started as a food runner and am now part of the sommelier team.

Where are you from and how did you end up in Hong Kong?

I am from France. Love is actually what brought me here! I’m still in love and have a great job here, so I guess it wasn’t such a bad idea in the end.

What path led you to work in hospitality?

My hometown is super touristy. There are almost more bars and restaurants than there are people. Plus, I’ve always loved talking to people. That’s how I fell in love with the industry.

What do you love about the work you do?

I love meeting new people and sharing good vibes. It might sound stupid since I’m French, but I have also had the opportunity to learn so much about wine on the job.

What are your pet peeves at work?

I am pretty easy but one thing that drives me nuts is when people ask for free sake!

How do you stay healthy and find balance while working long hours, working nights, and having to drink as part of your job?

Hah, I don’t!

What’s your beverage of choice and why?

Wine, obviously. I am French after all! I’m also a fan of some good old rum.

What are your favorite spots in Hong Kong for food? How about for drinks?

Chino, Belon, and RŌNIN are my top three, but my cheaper option would be the Sheung Wan Cooked Food Centre! For drinks, I like to have seabreezes with SJ at Bar 42, or more recently, Employees Only.

What is your favorite place to travel to?

As long as the water is turquoise and there are no tourists, I’m happy.

What wines are you excited about right now?

There are many but my new favorite is called Jauma – a Shiraz/Grenache from Down Under. It’s so juicy. And of course rosé, which is perfect for this weather!

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