The Michelin Guide Singapore 2021 has been revealed with a brand new three-star restaurant, one new two-stars, and a long list of restaurants that managed to retain their accolades after a difficult year.
Scottish chef Tristin Farmer, who helms the Singaporean outpost of Stockholm restaurant Frantzén – Zén, accepted the coveted three-star award at a streamed ceremony. Farmer was inspired to take up the chef’s apron by his uncle, and trained under British chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton. Travelling to Hong Kong and Dubai in pursuit of his culinary dream, he eventually came to Singapore to open Zén in 2018, winning his first star in 2019.
Singapore has been upheld as an exemplar for the way it dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a very low number of deaths. The restaurant industry on the island endured the brunt of a period of severe lockdown, but it also benefited from the government’s crisis management upon reopening.
It has allowed the city state’s thriving restaurant scene to bounce back and continue to strive for excellence, something reflected in the 29 restaurants that retained their Michelin stars, plus 12 restaurants that received a Michelin star for the first time, six two-star restaurants and three three-star restaurants. Among the new two-stars was another British chef at Jaan by Kirk Westaway. Singapore fine dining institutions Les Amis and Odette also retained their three Michelin stars.
The Michelin Guide also marked its fifth edition in Singapore by launching its first Michelin Guide Young Chef Award, which was awarded to Mark Tai of Cloudstreet,
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)
Putien (Kitchener Road)
Shinji (Bras Basah Road)
Shinji (Tanglin Road)
28 Wilkie (new)
Basque Kitchen by Aitor (new)
Cloud Street (new)
Shang Palace (new)
Jaan by Kirk Westaway (new)