Celebrity Thai chef Ian Kittichai to open restaurant at RWS

Celebrity Thai chef Ian Kittichai is best known for his award-winning Thai restaurant Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, which ranked No. 31 on this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. -- PHOTO: ASIA 50 BEST AWARDS
Celebrity Thai chef Ian Kittichai is best known for his award-winning Thai restaurant Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, which ranked No. 31 on this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. -- PHOTO: ASIA 50 BEST AWARDS

SINGAPORE - Thailand's Iron Chef Ian Kittichai is the latest celebrity chef to open a restaurant in Singapore.

He takes over the kitchen at Tangerine restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) spa resort Espa. 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.

Tangerine's new menu is slated to be introduced early next year, and promises to be "light, healthy and sumptuous".

Kittichai is one of two top chefs that will be opening at RWS next year.

In November, Life! announced the opening of contemporary Japanese restaurant Syun by popular Japanese chef Hal Yamashita, who runs eponymous restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka. Syun is his first restaurant outside Japan.

Mr Kittichai, 46, is best known for his award-winning Thai restaurant Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, which ranked No. 31 on this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, an Asian offshoot of the much-watched World'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.

rltan@sph.com.sg

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