Over 400 people descended onto Conrad Centennial Singapore for Wine & Dine's Singapore's Top Restaurants 2017/2018 Awards Night
IIt was a star-studded night on 26 September at Conrad Centennial Singapore as more than 400 award winners and guests gathered to celebrate the country’s best chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers. Angela May, host-presenter-chef, was the emcee for the night. Over the course of the year, we had visited umpteen restaurants before distilling a final list of 322 restaurants for our annual publication, Singapore’s Top Restaurants 2017/2018. We were glad that our House of Stars, Special Awards and Best Wine List winners were there to receive their awards in person. Congratulations once again to our seven three-star winners—Corner House, ilLido at the Cliff, Jiang-Nan Chun, Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Saint Pierre, Waku Ghin, Whitegrass—25 two-star winners, 61 one-star winners, eight special award winners and 38 wine list winners.
Making a special guest appearance for the night were members of the Singapore national culinary team, led by team captain Teo Yeow Siang. They treated guests to two of their winning dishes— crispy lobster fritters with squid ink batter and seaweed spice, and baked brioche buns with beef rib and morel ragout. On stage to take a bow, the team was received with raucous support from the audience, not least for the double golds and overall championship they brought home for the first time at the 2016 Culinary Olympics in Germany. The Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) CEO Gilbert Tan also presented an achievement award to chef Edmund Toh, president of the Singapore Chefs’ Association (SCA), for the work that SCA has done to support the national team and nurture emerging chefs.
The evening was made possible with the help of our kind sponsors. Noritake kindly sponsored the exquisite plates for our award winners. De Dietrich lent their live kitchen set-up while Angliss provided the lobsters and beef for the national culinary team to cook with, and SUTL supplied wines like Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs from The Better Half Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand. Adding to the evening's treats, Patisserie G filled their foyer stall with gorgeous breads, while Twinings rustled up delicious mocktails and cocktails like House of Grey, a London Strand earl grey tea-infused gin cocktail. And finally, Thai Airways gave away the top lucky draw prize of a pair of return tickets to Vienna, Austria, their newest destination.