Hong Kong is a place full of talented and educated people. In our weekly 27-question column, we get up close and personal with the city’s luminaries, learning about their whims and aversions, their pivotal life moments, their hopes and dreams – all within roughly the same duration of an informal speed date. This week, we spoke to Joshua Lee.
Joshua Lee is an adventurous man. Born in Hong Kong, but raised in Surrey, England, Lee began his career by taking a job as a personal trainer in London. He moved to Hong Kong in 2014, and after realizing his passion for health and fitness, he proceeded to launch his first Nutrition Kitchen in 2015 and One PT in 2017.
“Like Nutrition Kitchen, One PT has also seen significant growth in the last couple of years despite the lockdowns and Covid restrictions. In both markets, we’ve had 130% growth. That success is really down to the team we have, Lee says.” They were all stuck together and came out the other side hard.”
Designed by nutritionists, the team at Nutrition Kitchen sources from local suppliers to craft meal plans that bring flavor back to healthy eating. With his personal training background, there is also a clear breakdown of the macronutrients on the label of each meal.
“We are well positioned to launch Nutrition Kitchen in Australia in the first half of 2022. There are other markets on the hit list, but we will see what will prevail in time. We don’t want to lose focus on our core markets of Hong Kong and Singapore. We still have a long way to go. “.
Noun: Joshua Lee
alive: Intermediate levels
Occupation: CEO and Co-Founder of Nutrition Kitchen and One PT
1. What is the best meal you have ever eaten in Hong Kong?
One of the best meals I had in Hong Kong has to be in Chaiwala. I love Indian food and Kerala Fish Curry is a standout dish, with a hint of chili in a rich broth; Combines perfectly with fresh garlic naan. The ambiance is second to none and it’s one of my go to for a tandoori meal.
2. Who is your role model?
I would say my father. I feel I got initiative from my father, and determination from my mother.
3. What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Access to property; Don’t say, “This isn’t my job.”
4. What is your first job?
My first job was as a personal trainer at Equinox, London. My time at Equinox fueled my passion for all things health and fitness and made me realize that this was the industry I wanted to dedicate myself to. I am glad to have started my career at Equinox, and it has given me an excellent foundation to continue my passion.
5. What is your favorite drink?
I have to be honest, I’m not a big drinker. If I go out, my drink is vodka soda with lemon.
6. When was the last time you drove a car?
Last weekend – I went on a stay at Sai Kung with my wife Caitlin, Grona Rufus and some friends. I love the freedom my car gives me, especially in Hong Kong, where you can get from the city to the beach in a matter of minutes. Provides an easy escape.
7. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?
Definitely my balcony. We have a great view of the city. I have my coffee there every morning, and it’s a great way to start the day.
8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m a morning person, which comes in handy when you’re in the fitness industry! I get up at 6 a.m. every morning and go to bed by 9:30 p.m. every night.
9. What motivates you in your work?
Seeing weekly growth and the projects and plans you put in to bear fruit.
10. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Indian food! It’s my favorite cuisine, and Hong Kong has so many great options.
11. What is your biggest regret in life?
My biggest regret was rushing into a business with someone who didn’t make the best partner. I’ve learned that who you work with is very important, and now I’m more careful about who I’m dealing with. We should be like-minded and have the same moral value or else, things can go wrong quickly. Life is stressful enough without the pressures of work politics!
12. What do you hate the most about living in Hong Kong?
Pollution and humidity in summer is unbearable. If I can change it, I will.
13. What is the first destination on your wish list?
South Africa and South America. I hope restrictions are eased in Hong Kong, and I can tick both things off my to-do list.
14. How often do you prepare your own meals?
never! This is one of the nicest things about owning a meal planning company.
15. What is your biggest fear?
Not reaching the expectations I set for myself.
16. When did you last ride the Star Ferry? What were you doing / where did you go?
In fact, two months ago, I went out to dinner at Tsim Sha Tsui for CHAAT, at the Rosewood Hotel.
17. What is your biggest pleasure in guilt?
Barebells protein bars are delicious and a great way to curb food cravings.
18. What movie should everyone watch?
It’s hard to have a favorite one. I enjoy Catch me if you canStarring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
19. When was the last time (feeling like the stars?)
I saw Brad Pitt at a hotel pool in Hollywood two years ago. That was a surprise, so I was a little surprised.
20. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
He will likely return home to the UK. I have a big family and many friends there. Ideally, I would like to live in an area like Richmond.
21. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one word, what would it be?
22. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? What do you wear most often?
I have five pairs of shoes. I rarely wear anything but sneakers on a daily basis, unless there is an occasion where I have to wear smarter shoes. Adidas Ultra Boosts are my favorite training shoes, they are very comfortable, lightweight and perfect for walking around town.
23. How many countries have you been to?
I have no idea how many countries exactly, but I imagine there are quite a few. I was fortunate enough to have traveled most of the holidays as an adult, so I was able to see a lot of parts of the world.
24. What moment in your life would you like to relive?
my wedding day. We had a great party with live band and friends and family from all over the world. This is a party that will never be defeated.
25. Would you rather not be alone for a moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? why?
Don’t be alone for a moment. Who wants to be alone for the rest of their life?
26. If you could do it all over again, what is one thing you would do differently?
I would like to seek expert help earlier in starting a business. There is nothing like getting advice from someone who has been in your position and is beyond.
27. Your coffee order?
A cappuccino with oat milk in a Blue Bottle…it’s a shame it costs $50 though!
Learn more about Nutrition Kitchen here and One PT here.