Chef Esther Sham
Chef Tata, Esther Sham, was born in Hong Kong to a traditional Shanghainese family. She migrated to Los Angeles with her whole family when she was small. Esther received her college degree from University of California majoring in Contemporary Arts. After graduation, she backpacked around Europe and shortly after returning to LA, she was determined to rediscover her roots, so she decided to move back to HK.
Esther gained experience at the 3-star Michelin restaurant, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in 2008. Soon after she opened her own little private kitchen, Ta Pantry, and she has also apprenticed at the 2-star Michelin restaurant, Amber of Landmark Mandarin with chef Richard Ekkebus during 2009-2010. In the summer of 2011, with the heart of striving for further learning & perfection, Esther has closed Ta Pantry for 3 months to work train in two restaurants in France: the 2-star Michelin restaurant, Relais Louis XIII with Chef Manuel Martinez in Paris & the 2-star Michelin restaurant, Le Jardin des Sens with the Pourcels brother in Montpellier.
Following the success of her private kitchen Ta Pantry, maison es is chef Esther Sham’s first full-fledged restaurant destination. Housed in a sun-filled, vintage-inspired venue, the 2,300 sqft space seeks to transports guests back in time as they dine in the laidback, garden-themed environment designed entirely by Esther herself. Amongst the hand-selected antiques and collectibles sourced from flea markets around the world, guests are invited to indulge in a comforting yet creative menu of casual French fare.