The more the merrier: Celebrity chefs who have opened restaurants in Singapore

SINGAPORE - News that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will be opening a branch of his Bread Street Kitchen, a casual dining concept, at Marina Bay Sands has created a buzz in food-loving Singapore.

Ramsay, the star of TV shows Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef US, has a huge fan base in Singapore, and endeared himself further when he took part in the Hawker Heroes challenge last year.

Still, the foul-mouthed Brit is not the first celebrity chef to set up shop in the Republic. Here's a look at several other famous chefs with restaurants in Singapore.

1. Joel Robuchon

The Frenchman is a giant in the culinary world and was hailed as "the chef of the century" by French guide Gault-Millau in 1989. He has amassed 28 Michelin Guide stars, the most of any chef in the world.

Besides operating his restaurants, which can be found in places such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and Las Vegas, Robuchon, 69, has hosted cooking shows in France and written several cookbooks.

He has two restaurants in Singapore: the high-end Joel Robuchon Restaurant and the more-affordable L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, both of which are at Resorts World Sentosa.

Joel Robuchon Restaurant
Where: Hotel Michael Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa
Open: 6 - 10.30pm, Tuesday - Saturday; closed on Sunday & Monday
Website: Click here

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Where: Hotel Michael Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa
Open: 5.30 - 10.30pm, Thursday - Monday; closed on Tuesday & Wednesday
Website: Click here

2. Tetsuya Wakuda

The 55-year-old from Hamamatsu city in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture is one of Australia's most acclaimed chefs, receiving rave reviews from both within the country as well as internationally. He has appeared on Restaurant Magazine's World's 50 Best Restaurants list from 2002, with Waku Ghin, his restaurant at Marina Bay Sands, appearing on the 2014 list.

In addition to creating marvellous Japanese-French fusion cuisine, Wakuda is a sake ambassador who promotes the virtues of the rice liquor, hoping it will become as widespread as other aspects of Japanese cuisine. He is the first to be appointed by the Japanese sake industry outside Japan.

Waku Ghin
Where: L2-02, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: 5.30pm, 8pm (two seatings for 10-course menu); bar operating hours are from 5.30pm till late
Website: Click here

3. Jamie Oliver

A Briton, Oliver, who shot to fame as the host of BBC show The Naked Chef, started dabbling in the culinary arts at an early age at his parents' pub/restaurant. The Naked Chef earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) for Best Television Series, and his cookbooks have also proven extremely popular among the public.

Famous for his easy-going style and emphasis on using simple ingredients for his cooking, Oliver is also heavily involved in educating and motivating schoolchildren to eat healthier meals, and also advises major supermarket chains such as Sainsbury's and Woolworths on more nutritious offerings. He also has a popular channel on YouTube called FoodTube which shares recipes and cooking tutorials.

He has several different restaurants with multiple outlets worldwide. A branch of his "high street" Italian restaurant, Jamie's Italian, can be found at VivoCity.

Jamie's Italian
Where: 01-165-167, VivoCity
Open: Noon - 10pm (Sunday - Thursday), noon - 11pm (Friday & Saturday)
Website: Click here

4. Wolfgang Puck

The Austrian-born chef is one of the world's highest-earning one, according to Forbes, somewhat at odds with his experience growing up in a poor household where he says he ate meat only once a week. His hard work helped him to make it big, and he is actively involved in charity and philanthropic work, through his own Wolfgang Puck - Barbara Lazaroff Charitable Foundation, as well as his support of numerous organisations such as the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer's Association.

The genial 65-year-old, who is based in the US, has appeared on TV and in films, and his eponymous TV programme on The Food Network earned him a Daytime Emmy Award in 2002. He also has a successful catering service and his own line of frozen foods and cookware, alongside more than 20 high-end restaurants and over 80 casual dining outlets.

One of his restaurants, steakhouse CUT, is in Marina Bay Sands.

Where: B1-71, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: 6 - 10pm (Sunday - Thursday), 6 - 11pm (Friday & Saturday); bar operating hours are 5.30pm - midnight
Website: Click here

5. Daniel Boulud

The 59-year-old Frenchman has been repeatedly feted in gourmet magazines and columns and has won numerous awards, including being recognised by the James Beard Foundation, the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars. He has also been made a Knight (Chevalier) of the French Legion d'honneur for his work in advancing French culture in the world. His flagship restaurant in New York which bears his name has received three Michelin stars, and he has been inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

He is also a successful cookbook author, and is involved in charity work, supporting groups devoted to hunger relief or culinary organisations that help young people help themselves in the food and beverage industry.

He has an outlet in Marina Bay Sands, db Bistro Moderne, which serves French bistro cooking with American influences.

db Bistro Moderne
Where: B1-48, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: Noon - 5pm (Monday - Friday), 11am - 5pm (Saturday & Sunday); 5.30 - 10pm (Sunday & Monday), 5.30 - 11pm (Tuesday - Saturday)
Website: Click here

6. Jason Atherton

The Briton and his signature restaurant, Pollen Street Social in uptown Mayfair, made waves mere months after opening, claiming a Michelin star and then getting voted No. 2 in the National Restaurant Awards in London in 2011, beating out world-famous places such as The Fat Duck.

Atherton, 43, has worked under Ramsay as well as other famous chefs such as Ferran Adria. Noted for his intensely hardworking style, Atherton has even volunteered to work for free as a young man in other kitchens to gain as much experience as he could.

He has three eating establishments in Singapore: tapas bar Esquina, Mediterranean-themed Pollen and snack bar The Study.

Where: 16 Jiak Chuan Lane
Open: Noon - 2.30pm and 6 - 10.30pm (Monday - Friday), 6 - 10.30pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday
Website: Click here

Where: 01-09, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Open: Noon - 2.30pm and 6 - 10pm (Tuesday - Sunday); afternoon tea is from 3 - 5pm; Pollen Terrace open noon - 9pm
Website: Click here

The Study
Where: 49 Keong Saik Road
Open: Noon - 2.30pm, 6 - 10.30pm (Tuesday - Sunday); brunch is served from 11am - 3pm on Saturday & Sunday; closed on Monday
Website: Click here

7. Luke Mangan

Hailing from Melbourne but currently based in Sydney, the Australian chef and food show host has branched out into multiple enterprises, from his range of restaurants, to his cookbooks and even baby food production.

His experience and skill make him highly sought after, and he currently provides consultation to Virgin Airlines. He has also been asked to cook for such luminaries as former US president Bill Clinton and Hollywood star Tom Cruise, as well as at the wedding dinner for the Danish crown prince.

He has two eateries in Singapore: Salt Tapas & Bar, which gives the feel of a tapas bar but serves Australian-style fare; and Salt Sky Grill & Bar, which offers Australian cuisine.

Salt Tapas & Bar
Where: 01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre
Open: 11.30am - 10pm

Salt Sky Grill & Bar
Where: 55-01 and 56-01, ION Orchard
Open: 11am - 2pm and 6 - 10pm daily; dinner on Friday and Saturday lasts till 10.30pm
Website: Click here

8. Mario Batali

The American from Seattle is known as much for his Italian cuisine as for his love of wearing shorts and orange Crocs. The chef and his restaurants have earned wide critical acclaim, getting awards from the James Beard Foundation and glowing reviews in the New York Times.

The former Iron Chef, who has a charity children's organisation, has also produced award-winning cookbooks. He owns two restaurants in Singapore, the more up-market Osteria Mozza and the casual Pizzeria Mozza.

Osteria Mozza
Where: B1-42-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: 5 - 11pm; brunch is served on Sunday from noon - 2pm
Website: Click here

Pizzeria Mozza
Where: B1-42-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: Noon - 11pm
Website: Click here

9. Cat Cora

The American chef is famous as the first and (so far) only female Iron Chef on the American iteration of the hit show, though in Singapore, her name is more synonymous with the Ocean Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa, which is itself famous for its huge window looking out into the S.E.A. Aquarium.

Besides her restaurants, which can be found in places such as Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and San Francisco International Airport, she has her own line of cooking ingredients and cookware, and has authored three books. She also has an iPad app, Cat Cora's Kitchen, that provides recipes and helps in planning meals.

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Where: B1M, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Open: 11.30am - 3.30pm, 5.30 - 10.30pm daily
Website: Click here


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