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Evelyn Chen is a food and travel writer and the regional academy chair for Worlds Best Restaurants and Asias Best. In between dinners and writing assignments, the former Zagat editor blogs about food atbibikgourmand.
When Restaurant Andre closes, I want to spend more time exploring my Taiwanese roots and understanding Taiwanese produce, he says. The to hours a day I put in at Restaurant Andre restricts the time available for these.
There are also many things I want to do apart from cooking, adds the chef, who has been dabbling in visual arts.
He also respectfully requested that RAW not be included in Michelins future guide for Taipei.
Fears that Chiang is a clean break from his adopted hometown of Singapore are unfounded, given hes a permanent resident and will retain his business interests and apartment in the Lion City.
I wish to kindly return my Michelin stars and also request not to be included in the edition of the Michelin Guide, says Chiang in a letter to the press, in which he announced his decision to prioritize his professional life.
Over in Bangkok, Gaggan Anand ofGagganNo. on Asias Best expressed disappointment.
His business portfolio now includes ownership interests in restaurants includingBurnt EndsandBinchoin Singapore, Raw in Taipei andPorte in Paris.
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On October , Singapore foodies woke up to one of the darkest culinary announcements the vibrant dining city has witnessed in recent times.
It is my duty to pass on everything I have to the next generation in Taiwan and China, he says in the address. It is an urgent priority for me to provide young chefs with a better education and culinary culture.
In recent years, I have been spending a lot of time on restaurant management, says a distinctly relaxed and happier Chiang during our meeting at his shop house hours after his announcement.
Having spent most of his working life in France and Singapore, Chiang is also looking forward to spending more time with his aging parents, who are based in Taipei.
Although Restaurant Andres legacy will soon become a fond memory to the worlds gourmets, I have no regrets, says Chiang with a warm smile as he sends us off at his wooddecked entrance.
The current threestory shop house Restaurant Andre occupies will be redeveloped and rebranded into a more relaxed FB concept, Chiang tells CNN, emphasizing that while he would be a stakeholder in the new eatery, it would not be branded after him.
Chiangs surprise move sent shockwaves through the world of gastronomy.
When Restaurant Andre closes, I want to spend more time exploring my Taiwanese roots and understanding Taiwanese produce, says chef Andre Chiang.
Unbeknownst to most people, Chiang is also a sculptor and a potter and he has been quietly working on launching a range of copper, wood and ceramic objects designed for chefs with applications ranging from decoration to vessels.
In his house, I had one of the best meals in recent years, it is a sad day for the gastronomic world but we love him and support him.
Beneath this picture of perfection, however, the industry has been abuzz with chatter about Chiangs disappointment at not clinching the third Michelin star that hes been widely tipped to earn this year.
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Chiang sent this email at a.m., just hours after he celebrated his restaurants seventh anniversary.
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Chiang says everything from his team and the starched le linens to the of the candle glow at every le is as immaculate as he has hoped for.
When prodded about how he could contribute to the next generation of chefs in China and Taiwan, Chiang was tightlipped about an upcoming project.
Honestly, I want him to stay, its a big loss to the culinary scene in Singapore, he says.
In his letter to media announcing his decision to close, Chiang says he will focus on education, developing others and cooking at hisRAW Taipeirestaurant after his retirement from Restaurant Andre.
As if that alone was not enough, the feted chef also announced that February , , would be the last day of service at Restaurant Andre.
Im a perfectionist and for the past years of my career, Ive been looking for that unrealistic moment of perfection; three Michelin stars, Worlds Best Restaurants, says Chiang, whose restaurant at Bukit Pasoh garnered two stars in Michelins inaugural Singapore edition last year and again this year.
When Andre told me about his intentions, I was in shock, says Massimo Bottura, chefowner ofOsteria Francescananumber two onWorlds Best Restaurants.
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My decision to close Restaurant Andre is not related to any awards. I do not have to prove anything to anyone.
Until now, I realized at this moment that it is as perfect as it is now, says the yearold Taiwan native.
Andre Chiang, chefpatron ofRestaurant Andre, Singapores highest ranked restaurant onAsias Best Restaurants list at number two second only to Gaggan Bangkok is returning his restaurants two stars to the Michelin Guide.
My decision to close Restaurant Andre is not related to any awards, says Chiang, who owns one of the most extensive collections of the Michelin Guide France from to the most recent edition in Singapore.
Chiang, med for creating the eightspoked Octaphilosophyguided menu at Restaurant Andre, trained in France with chefs like Pierre Gagnaire and Joel Robuchon.