Odette wins Restaurant of the Year honours at World Gourmet Awards

Odette chef Julien Royer (right) receives that Restaurant of the Year award at the World Gourmet Awards 2019. (PHOTO: World Gourmet Awards)

SINGAPORE — Odette, the two-Michelin-star fine-dining restaurant at National Gallery Singapore, was awarded the Restaurant of the Year at the World Gourmet Awards, which was held at One Farrer Hotel on Monday (22 April).

The restaurant was ranked No. 1 at last month’s Asia Top 50 Restaurants awards, and this accolade is another feather on the cap for the four-year-old establishment.

Chef Julien Royer accepted the award, and later put up a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page, saying, “On behalf of my amazing team, thank you everyone for your support. In 2018, we soared to new heights and this fantastic achievement will spur us on for even more amazing things in 2019.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be able to do what we do, we will not stop pushing for bigger and better.”

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Besides the Restaurant of the Year honour, Odette also clinched the Old World Wine List of the Year honours at the awards, which is into its 19th edition in recognising the outstanding players – from chefs to restaurant managers – in Singapore’s hospitality industry.

35 awards given out across six categories

Organised by Peter Knupp Holdings and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the awards were held in conjunction with the World Gourmet Summit, and saw 35 awards given out across six categories – chef awards, hospitality awards, wine and bar awards, service professionals and establishment awards, special category awards and the highest honours category awards.

The ceremony handed out a Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned Singapore chef Sam Leong, owner of one-Michelin-star Forest restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. Leong, a 26-year veteran, had also helmed well-known modern Chinese-cuisine restaurants such as Jade and My Humble House.

Also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award was Nikheel Advani, chief operating officer of Grace Bay Resorts.

Lucas Granville, director of culinary operations for Grand Hyatt Singapore and Southeast Asia, was honoured with prestigious Hospitality Star Award.

Under the chef awards category, Chan Tuck Wai of Marina Mandarin Singapore was named Executive Chef of the Year. Kirk Westaway of JAAN at Swissotel The Stamford Singapore clinched the Chef of the Year (Male) award, while InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay’s Bettina Arguelles took home the Chef of the Year (Female) Award.

The World Gourmet Summit runs until 12 May across various venues in Singapore. For more information on the awards and the summit, visit the official website.

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