Celebrity chefs opening restaurants in Singapore: three more to look out for

British chef Gordon Ramsay talks to his staff as breakfast is prepared at his newly-opened restaurant after an exploratory tour around the city with cycling enthusiasts in Singapore.
British chef Gordon Ramsay talks to his staff as breakfast is prepared at his newly-opened restaurant after an exploratory tour around the city with cycling enthusiasts in Singapore. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Celebrity chef and popular TV host Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen is opening at Marina Bay Sands. Here are a few other celebrity chefs who have recently opened restaurants here or will be opening more by year's end.

JAMIE OLIVER (UNITED KINGDOM)

The "Naked Chef" is heading to Orchard Road to open the second outlet of his family-friendly restaurant Jamie's Italian at Forum The Shopping Mall. It is expected to open in the third quarter of the year.

It will serve its signature freshly-made pasta, thin-crust pizza and salads. The bar section will also serve a variety of cocktails, wine and beer.

The restaurant chain began in 2008 in Oxford, England, in partnership with the Britich celebrity chef's Italian chef-mentor Gennaro Contaldo. There are now more than 50 restaurants worldwide. The first Jamie's Italian opened in Singapore at VivoCity in July 2013 - a collaboration with property group Hotel Properties.

Where: VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 01-165/166/167

When: Noon to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), noon to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)

Info: Reserve online at www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore

WOLFGANG PUCK (UNITED STATES)

The Austrian-born chef-restaurateur is opening his second restaurant at Marina Bay Sands, Spago, later this year. He is also behind the popular steakhouse Cut.

Spago was Puck's first restaurant, opened in 1982 at the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. It moved to Canon Drive in Beverly Hills in 1997 and is known for its Californian cuisine. Other branches include The Forum Shops at Caesars on the Las Vegas Strip and Four Seasons Resort Maui.

Spago takes over the space vacated by the hotel's lounge The Club, known for its cheese and chocolate bar. That moved to Level 55 earlier this year.

Where: Level 57 of the Sands SkyPark, Tower 2

Info: To be revealed at a later date

IAN KITTICHAI (THAILAND)

Thailand's Iron Chef Ian Kittichai is the new celebrity chef behind Tangerine, the restaurant at Espa, a spa at Resorts World Sentosa. The restaurant was previously run by Thai chef Forest Leong, wife of home-grown celebrity chef Sam Leong, who runs a contemporary Asian restaurant called Forest at the integrated resort's Equarius hotel.

Mr Kittichai's Bangkok restaurant Issaya Siamese Club ranked No. 31 on last year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list put out by British trade publication Restaurant Magazine. He also runs nine other restaurants including Kittichai in New York, Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar in Bangkok, and KOH by Ian Kittichai in Mumbai.

His creations at Tangerine are inspired by both Asian and Western cuisines, with an emphasis on "healthy" meals, drawing from fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, sustainable seafood, grass-fed beef and free-range poultry.

Where: Espa, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa

Open: Tue to Sun, 10am to 10pm

Info: Reserve online at www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Restaurants/CelebrityChefs/Tangerine