S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 - Meet Mentor Ryan Clift
Ryan Clift is the chef of The Tippling Club in Singapore and is one of the most exciting chefs in the region today.
The Tippling Club is a place that pairs food and cocktails with a dedication unmatched by any other restaurant in the world and a place where the texture and flavour of ingredients is coaxed, moulded, changed, shaped and served with all mix of modern techniques.
He’s describes his own style as “fine dining without the snobbery” and the success of The Tippling Club shows just who much demand there now is for high end dining packaged in informal settings.
Since opening the Tippling Club the chef has also opened Ding Dong, Open Door Policy and Open Farm Community - a former golf driving range that the chef has helped turn into a gardening project, something that’s very rare in Singapore, a place where at least 80% of ingredients are imported.
Clift is a busy man but among all these projects he’s managed to find time to act as a mentor for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, helping Kirk Westaway from the JAAN restaurant perfect his dish of Chinese artichoke with barley risotTo for the Grand Final event on June 26th.
We caught up with Clift to find out more about this role, his own career as a young chef and exactly what he’s been helping his mentee.
Never take no for an answer.
Worst mistake i ever made was sleeping in past my alarm, when i arrived to the kitchen the chef didn’t say any thing to me all day but at the end of the service when the last plate was served he asked all the chefs to leave there section and go home as i was going break the whole kitchen down by my self , i was there till 6 in the morning then had to start at 7 , not pleasant.
Young chefs today seem to be more interested in there fu$@ing social lives & how much they get payed, they need to realise thats not the industry they have chosen to work in.
Positive mental attitude, passion and loyalty.
Reverse of the above.
Kirk is already a very talented young chef, and i have complete faith in his ability to rock it out the park, I’m just going to be pushing him that little extra mile and making sure he wins!
Just remember that even to get this far in the comp is a massive achievement and even if you don’t win you should be very proud of yourself.