Got time to queue? We’re anticipating more crowds at our favourite makan haunts as the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore returns on June 29.
While the inaugural awards ceremony-cum-gala dinner was held at Resorts World Sentosa last year, it is shifting to The Fullerton Hotel this year.
The Oscars of the F&B world can get nail-bitingly exciting (read: controversial; see our coverage of the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 launch), and you can get a piece of the live action too.
The glitzy dinner is open to the public — if you have $595 lying around for a ticket. Each ticket gets you access to the awards, plus an indulgent five-course meal prepared by Michelin-starred chefs from around the world.
The four luminary chefs tapped for the big night are locally-based ones Seita Nakahara of one-starred Japanese-Italian restaurant Terra (who will be preparing a starter) and Jason Tan of one-starred French restaurant Corner House (who will be making one of the two main dishes of the night), as well as chef Tam Kwok Fung of Macau’s two-starred Chinese restaurant Jade Dragon and chef Curtis Duffy from famed Chicago three-starred restaurant Grace, who are in charge of a starter and a main dish respectively. Pre-dinner canapés will be whipped up by chef Leong Chee Yeng from Fullerton’s Jade Restaurant.
The meal will be paired with fine wines handpicked by the Guide’s partner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
A week before the awards, the Michelin Guide will announce the Bib Gourmand winners — this category is awarded to eateries offering stellar food which costs below $45. Last year’s inaugural list featured popular hawkers like New Ubin Seafood, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice and JB Ah Meng Kitchen.
Here’s hoping that we will have even more hawkers on the list this year and perhaps more three-star winners (last year’s tri-star list only had Joël Robuchon Restaurant and had controversially boasted far more winners from partner hotel Resorts World Sentosa than Marina Bay Sands).
Also, will our favourites like seafood specialist Naked Finn and mod-Sin restaurant Wild Rocket, so disappointingly left out last year, make the cut in 2017 and join the ranks of Restaurant André, Candlenut and Waku Ghin? Watch this space.
Michelin Guide Singapore 2017 Star Event, Jun 29, 6pm, The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Sq, S049178. Tix and pre-orders for the Michelin Guide 2017 at www.guide.michelin.sg. The guide hits major bookstores on July 3.