Green Policy Page
‘At Invisible Kitchen and Hong Kong Personal Chef Ltd, we endeavour to source the highest-quality ingredients possible while supporting ethical, environmentally-friendly & sustainable practices’
- – Executive Chef, Tom Burney
Fish & Seafood
We have pledged to source 75% of our fish from sustainable sources across all menus.
We are offering sustainable substitutions to customers who may request unsustainable fish & seafood where possible, and will clearly label all our menus so our customers can make informed choices.
We support the WWF:
- We support the ‘Say No to Sharkfin’ campaign and have a ‘no shark-fin’ policy in place- we do not buy sharkfin products, and all of our team are educated about the topic of Shark fin consumption. Read more about it here.
- We regularly use the WWF Seafood guide to create new dishes and menus (download your copy here).
- Invisible Kitchen have worked with WWF to develop ‘Ocean-friendly Menus’ and are listed on their Ocean Friendly catalogue here.
- Chef Tom works with the WWF to produce recipe videos showing people how to prepare local Sustainable seafood at home. See videos on our blog!
- Invisible Kitchen donate their premises and time to help develop & shoot these recipe videos, to improve awareness of Sustainable seafood options here in Hong Kong.
Chicken & Eggs
We only use 3 types of chicken in our kitchen (All Halal certified), depending on the menu:
1. ‘Lilydale’ Australian chilled free-range chicken and eggs. freerangechicken.com.au
2. ‘S-Pure Hormone-free chicken and eggs. www.betagro.com/corporate/en
3. 3. ‘Coleman’ Organic chicken. colemannatural.com/about-us
We use chilled, grass-fed Australian Beef, from a family-run farm, including:Beef tenderloin steak (fillet steak) and Australian Wagyu steak.
We use chilled grass-fed Australian Certified Angus Beef (CAB) ribeye steak for all our beef burgers, which is minced in our kitchen.
All of our pork products come from a single British family-run pig farm.
“Wheat and barley are grown and milled on the farm to produce our pig food. Our pigs are born and bred on the farm and live in large open straw yards with plenty of space to express their natural behaviour”.
- Fed with wheat and barley grown and milled on the farm
- Outside access with large open straw yards for accommodation
- Born into freedom farrowing pens
- Half the herd are outdoor-reared until 30kg. Over 40 kgs they move to cereal only diet
- No tail-docking on the farm
- Born and bred on the farm and processed on the same site
- 1/3 electricity powered by solar power
- 3 full time pig staff, 4 full time arable staff growing the crops to make the food
All of their products fall under the ‘Red Tractor’ scheme.
The Red Tractor logo confirms that independent assessors have checked that food or drink meets the comprehensive standards, from farms to fork.
The standards cover the following
- 1. Traceability
The flag in the Red Tractor logo tells you where the food has been farmed, processed and packed.
To follow this traceability trail, all users have to keep comprehensive records of their livestock.
- 2. Food Safety and Hygiene
Food given to Red Tractor animals on the farm is safe for them to eat, so there is no risk of contamination to the meat and milk produced.
- 3. Animal Welfare
We know it is important to you that farmers protect the health and welfare of animals. Our standards make sure that our farmers are competent to look after animals, understand their needs and that the animal’s health and welfare is regularly checked.
The Red Tractor logo means that animals have adequate space, and safe and comfortable housing or shelter.
Just like you, our animals need a nutritious diet to stay healthy. Our standards require that all animals have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water and are provided with well balanced meals.
All farmers who keep livestock must keep a written health plan and medicine records so that they can monitor the health of their animals and prevent them from becoming unwell. It also helps the farmer to know when he needs to call the vet.
- 4. Environmental Protection
Farmers under the Red Tractor scheme must use responsible farming methods to minimise pollution. This means making sure that pesticide and fertilisers are stored safely and are applied correctly to the crop.
To protect the environment, crop farmers and fruit and veg growers have to minimise the impact their farming practices have on wildlife, fauna and flora.
We use Australian and New Zealand lamb
Fruit & Vegetables
Our fruit and vegetables come from a variety of sources, but we always use local & organic produce where possible.
We work closely with organic farms (Including ‘Magic Seasons’ and ‘Fresh Angel farm’), both in Yuen Long, Hong Kong and in Southern China to ensure our chefs always have the best of local seasonal organic produce to work with. We will make batches of chutneys, pickles and soups
when organic fruit or veg is in season so we can serve the best products all year round.
We do not use conventionally farmed produce from China.
We have pledged to use environmentally friendly packaging (compostable/ biodegradable/ recycled) for all of our regular operations, and are continually on the hunt for better solutions that don’t negatively impact our environment while providing absolute convenience for our customers.
We don’t use polystyrene boxes for food deliveries, as they often end up in the sea. We use and reuse our large cooler boxes.
We deliver in reusable high-quality cooler bags that our customers often re-use many times as durable shopping bags.
We have drastically cut the amount of disposable plastic we use in our normal operations, cutting out plastic bags, switching from plastic cutlery to biodegradable, and switching from plastic ramekins to more environmentally friendly options.
We work with local charities such as ‘Food Angel’ and ‘Feeding Hong Kong’ to ensure spare food ingredients we have are used in a socially responsible way to help those who can benefit from them.
We often sponsor events for various charities (partial or full sponsorship). Charity-focussed groups we have directly helped include:
Helping Hands Group, Hong Kong Dog rescue, SPCA, Food Angel, Feeding HK, HK Adventist hospital Cancer fund, and Dinner Party’s are regularly auctioned at charity events to raise money for a large variety of other charities at discounted pricing.
Contact us if your charity is looking for some gourmet catering support.
Due to Food safety and animal welfare concerns, we do not use any livestock raised in mainland China, or any traditionally-grown produce (we use some locally grown organic vegetables from Southern China)
We do not ever use MSG in our kitchen.
We are committed to reduce, re-use, recycle, and our team are continually looking for ways to improve our performance.
Sharing Of Resources
We are happy to share our contacts to help other Hong Kong companies to improve their own Green policies. Contact us directly if you have any questions.