Hungry for a fresh start

Meet six chefs who whipped up new businesses after losing or leaving their jobs during the pandemic

Chef Eric Cheah of Eric's Bistro is scouting for a new location outside the Central Business District, and intends to tweak his concept and menu to offer a wider range of premium wines.
Chef Eric Cheah of Eric's Bistro is scouting for a new location outside the Central Business District, and intends to tweak his concept and menu to offer a wider range of premium wines.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

Some restaurant or hotel chefs who were laid off or furloughed during the pandemic have struck out on their own.

When Italian restaurant Modesto's closed its two outlets here in the middle of last year, its group head chef Eric Cheah and his former colleagues set up Eric's Bistro in Tanjong Pagar, serving Italian and local food.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 25, 2021, with the headline 'Hungry for a fresh start'. Subscribe