We constantly look at what chef produce and what the reviews tell us in order to find excellent meals for our daily feasts. But where do chefs eat, if they can choose? Many chefs eat of course in the restaurant they cook at, but not always. On the rare occasion on which they are off duty, chefs do eat out like the rest of us. We asked a few private chefs, where they eat and what their favourite place is.
Chef Mohammed Slim has more than 20 years of culinary experience in the Middle East and Asia. He has eaten his way through Singapore’s One Fullerton, El-Sheikh and the Al Rousha in the Emirates as a chef and was trained under Michelin Star chefs in his native home the Lebanon.
His favourite place in the world comes as a surprise, considering that he has cooked in some of the best dining establishments around the world. On top of his list is Chilies, which is a casual American brand. “It’s interested, because it’s more than fast food. The quality of the food, the hygiene, the styling is totally different. Nothing is prepared in advance, but always fresh ‘a la minute’”. In the Lebanon all customers are celebrities.
“… the enfant terrible in the kitchen world and notoriously famous for his various escapades (with women), training superstar Gordon Ramsey and is probably most entertaining”
Sri Lankan-born chef Roshini Dharmapala is clear on who she would be dining with – Marco Pierre White. The British celebrity chef is the enfant terrible in the kitchen world and notoriously famous for his various escapades (with women), training superstar Gordon Ramsey and is probably most entertaining. Her venue of choice would be the famous Ink in Los Angeles. “Chef Michael Voltaggio made such visually stunning food with complex flavours – it was just delicious.”
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Chefs are constantly looking out for what’s new out there. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that also chef Andrew Ng turns to fine dining. “One of the best restaurant experience was at ‘Vue de Monde’ in Melbourne by chef Shannon Bernard. He was one of the first chefs doing molecular dining. It was a wonderful experience with four hour of fine dining.”
Other locals chefs, like Desmond Lee, would also where to eat, if they could freely choose. “St. John in London is amazing. It was probably the best meal I have ever had in my entire life.” Another favourite of his would be Joel Rebuchon in Macau. Concerning the question of whom he would eat with, chef Desmond answers instantly “my mother – she taught me how to cook”. Sometimes the company is just as important as where one eats. Local veteran chef Eric Low also would opt for his family to share a meal. “By the time I could understand what life in reality is, my grandpa wasn’t there anymore to train me in my passion.” Chef Eric has since become a board member of the Singapore Chef Association, cookbook author and a chef instructor at culinary institutions.