César De Sainte Maresville, Founder of M&C ASIA

What’s your story?
I’ve been in HK for more than 8 years now and I run a company of Import & Distribution of quality seafood that we created 5 years ago with a close friend. After an internship at the French Trade Commission of HK and a short experience in the hospitality management my job is now to source the best products from the sea for the top dining venues in Hong Kong & Macau
The city itself made us believe it was the right place and the right time to create something of our own. Today I think that you can achieve anything with a big dose of energy and a lot of common sense. Which is why we are here
What excites you most about your industry?
Hong Kong’s F&B scene is unique. I feel very lucky to be part of this vibrant and constantly evolving environment. The city has become the international mecca for food and world renowned chefs have opened a restaurant here or are planning to do so. The western cuisine meeting the chinese culinary heritage is also a great success and has led to growing mutual influence in the way to cook, create dishes or simply select the ingredients.
Dealing directly with chefs and being able to supply some of the greatest restaurants is definitively one of most exciting side of my job.
What’s your connection to Asia?
Asia has always been a kind of mystery and a fantasy until I moved here after my studies in 2006. And yes it worth the trip
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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Hong Kong definitively for its energy and the fact that you can accomplish things as long as you try. The whole city is never resting and always has something to offer. It is like a giant shop which offers everything for everyone. Anytime
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
What goes around comes around
Who inspires you?
Talented people
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The Umbrella Revolution. I sincerely didn’t think we would ever experienced this in HK
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Enjoy the present moment even more
How do you unwind?
Hiking and travel work good on me
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
A ryokan in Japan. Perfect place to switch off and disconnect from the real world
Everyone in business should read this book:
“The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell
Shameless plug for your business:
As for many companies quality and service are the key points to a successful business. We believe in this statement and we made sure to stick to it since the very beginning. Literally     
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This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs.
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