World Gourmet Series awards: Tippling Club is Best Restaurant and Best Bar

The Tippling Club at Dempsey Road won two awards for Indoguna Restaurant of the Year and Coffex Bar of the Year at the annual World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence on Saturday held at Orchard Hotel Singapore.

This is the first time the five-year-old restaurant - known for its avant garde and molecular cuisine by British chef Ryan Clift - has bagged awards at the ceremony.

In 2010, Clift was a finalist in the Rising Chef category, and his restaurant was also a finalist for Best New Restaurant.

Mr Ernst Huber, chairman of Huber's Butchery, and Bangkok-based Singaporean chef Willment Leong, founder of the Thailand Culinary Academy, were both honoured with the Deliciae Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other key winners from the 28 award categories include Le Bistrot du Sommelier's Patrick Heuberger for KitchenAid Chef Of The Year; Osia's Lee Boon Seng for Meat & Livestock Australia Rising Chef of the Year; Top Wines Sommelier of the Year Daisuke Kawai of Les Amis Restaurant; and 2am: dessertbar's Janice Wong for Classic Fine Foods Pastry Chef of the Year.

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