Chef Ip commenced his apprenticeship when he was just 14 years old. After perfecting his cooking skills in a number of notable Hong Kong restaurants, Chef Ip had the honour of taking the helm at Shang Palace. In the 16 years under Chef Ip's supervision, Shang Palace achieved a list of significant local and international awards, including a one-star rating in the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau. In 2008, Chef Ip was among a select few internationally-renowned chefs invited to participate at the prestigious St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. In 2002, Summer Palace was chosen as one of only ten Great Hotel Restaurants worldwide by HOTELS magazine, USA.