Select Group to open new $45 million Senoko headquarters

Food services operator Select Group plans to pump $45 million into its new corporate headquarters in Senoko, which will also house a new Asian culinary training institute.

It aims to train up to 50 chefs a year at the culinary institute, managing director Vincent Tan told a briefing on Tuesday.

"We want to train internal staff on a culinary school basis, not on the job," he said, adding that the structured programme at the institute would likely take one to two years. "We also hope to train our local chefs to Michelin standards in the future."

The institute and Select Group's new corporate headquarters at Senoko South Road will be completed in 2015.

The company said the building would aid in its expansion drive, particularly overseas. It plans to open 300 outlets in the next five years, of which about half will be abroad in markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Thailand and China.

Select Group operates food and beverage chains such as Peach Garden, Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert and Hill Street Coffee Shop.

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