Cardiff-based consultancy Bluegg has helped two finalists from reality TV show MasterChef launch their own Asian-inspired takeaway business called Hokkei.
Chefs and entrepreneurs Larkin Cen and Dale Williams met as contestants on the MasterChef show and are now appearing on a new BBC programme, Larkin and Dale’s Takeaway Revolution, which follows their journey into business.
Bluegg had worked with Williams in his previous life as the founder of Yolk Recruitment.
The name Hokkei means ‘curiosity’ in Cantonese and was created by company co-founder Cen around 18-months ago.
Bluegg first worked on design elements for a pop-up at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, before developing an identity, packaging and brand application ahead of the opening of a stand-alone restaurant in Cardiff.
Bluegg designer and illustrator Gareth Strange says: “With the identity we looked at the way they prepare food and saw that they always chop vegetables at an angle, so incorporated this idea with the dot of the “i”, which also suggests forward thinking. The logo is based on a customised Avant Garde font.”
A separate custom typeface has been created for application across the rest of the brand.
Strange says: “The identity stands alone and the rest of the brand can grow around it – it’s not restricted by guidelines.”
Cen – whose parents run a takeaway – had the initial idea for Hokkei and wanted to build a business around food “that isn’t full of MSG or artificial flavouring, but uses fresh authentic ingredients instead,” according to Strange.
He says: “Hokkei is a high-end takeaway but we didn’t want it to come across as pretentious so the brand language and illustration is edgy but also inviting and friendly.”
This idea follows through into the tone of voice on packaging where phrases such as: “I hope you’ve finished because you’re holding me upside down” have been applied.
Shop signage asks, “Which Hokkei box are you?” to forge a connection between customers and individual dishes and flavours.
The ordering system encourages customers to choose a box and then customise it with accompanying dim sum and side dishes.
Strange says the menu has been designed with this in mind and several routes were tested with customers to work out which was the most effective.