Food is a religion in Singapore, and its Gods are the hawkers, chefs and bartenders, whose names are spoken with reverence each time the topic is brought up. Last night, the industry paid homage to these Gods at the 2018 World Gourmet Summit Awards with 31 awards across a variety of food and drink categories.

We’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the establishments that garnered accolades, and we highly recommend that you drop by for a meal soon before their reservation outpace the number of tables they have, just like Restaurant Andre.

Ravioli Sicilian Red Prawns, Black Truffle and Burrata Sauce Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare
Ravioli Sicilian Red Prawns, Black Truffle and Burrata Sauce

Restaurant of the Year

Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare

Located at 34/36 Tras Street, Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare is, for lack of a better word, subliminal. Chef-owner Lino Sauro has brought a slice of authentic Sicilian cuisine to Singapore. Gattopardo is dedicated to seafood and Lino works with sustainable fisheries to create his dishes.

He’s even shared his secret recipe for his signature squid ink pasta with us, which you can find here. But, as any amateur home kitchen chef will tell you, following the recipe is one thing. Cooking is another.

Kirk Westaway of JAAN
Kirk Westaway of JAAN

Chef’s Choice Award

Kirk Westaway, JAAN

Otherwise known as the chef that other chefs love, the Chef’s Choice Award is given to the individual whose cuisine is widely recognised and recommended by his peers. It’s no surprise that Kirk won. And if other chefs hold Kirk in high regard, you know that you’re getting something special.

“Through my personal journey with food, from harvesting organic fruits and vegetables in my family’s backyard as a child to becoming Chef de Cuisine at JAAN, I am now led by two culinary philosophies,” says Chef Kirk. “The first is to always uphold the integrity of the produce and translate the best of each ingredient onto the plate. The second is that food should be comforting and form emotional connections.”

JAAN also received a Michelin star in 2016, under the able stewardship of Kirk.

Other Winners

Chef of the Year: Angus Chow, Boruto

Executive Chef of the Year: Louis Tay, Swissotel Merchant Court

Rising Chef of the Year: Andrea De Paola, Osteria Art

Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year: Joseph Sergentakis, CE LA VI

Baker of the Year: Leonard Yue, Swissotel The Stamford

Pastry Chef of the Year: Winnie Goh, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Asian Cuisine Restaurant of the Year: Punjab Grill

Bar of the Year: La Terre

New Restaurant of the Year: Bakalaki Greek Taverna

written by.
Farhan Shah
Farhan believes that every man needs a good tailor and a better barber. You can usually find him at the gym, the bar or the poker table, usually all three in one night.

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