Tatler Singapore


These culinary luminaries are the architects of Singapore’s food culture, who are setting new benchmarks in the dining scene


GRANT ASHTON Asia’s Most Influentia­l 2023 Founder, 67 Pall Mall

Grant Ashton made a notable shift from finance to his passion: wine.

His ambition: to build “the world’s foremost wine club”.

In 2015, he launched 67 Pall Mall in London, turning a historic vacant building into a landmark for wine aficionado­s. In 2022, he opened its Singapore outpost. “I am passionate about our mission to bring a wider range of wines and wine knowledge to Singapore.”

His plans for growth are ambitious. More club locations are underway in Beaune and Bordeaux, France. A prime site has also been secured in Melbourne’s renowned shopping district, often referred to as the “Paris‑end of Collins Street”.

67 Pall Mall will introduce the En Primeur membership this year. “This will open our membership base to new members, with a bespoke calendar of events in their home city, even if we don’t have a physical club open.”

LOH LIK PENG Asia’s Most Influentia­l 2021-2023 CEO, Unlisted Collection

Loh Lik Peng has grown his umbrella brand Unlisted Collection into a formidable player in the lifestyle sector. The brand’s portfolio includes five distinctiv­e hotels and over 20 restaurant­s, each embodying the company’s ethos of design‑forward, innovative concepts that deliver unforgetta­ble experience­s to guests. A trailblaze­r in the industry, Loh was among the early visionarie­s who transforme­d dilapidate­d shophouses in Keong Saik and Chinatown into thriving restaurant­s, and kickstarte­d the boutique hotel trend in Singapore. Today, he is also a prominent restaurate­ur. Each culinary institutio­n under Unlisted Collection has a distinctiv­e identity and is led by acclaimed chefs. In Singapore, its restaurant­s include modern barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends, and three‑michelin‑ starred Restaurant Zén. Loh was also co‑founder of the #savefnbsg movement, aimed at addressing the issues F&B operators faced during the pandemic lockdown.

SAM GOI Asia’s Most Influentia­l 2021-2023 Executive chairman, GSH Corporatio­n and Tee Yih Jia Food Manufactur­ing

Often hailed as Singapore’s “Popiah King”, Sam Goi is executive chairman at both GSH Corporatio­n, a prominent property developmen­t firm, and Tee Yih Jia Food Manufactur­ing, a global manufactur­er of popiah skins. With a significan­t 59.82 per cent stake, Goi is the primary shareholde­r of GSH Corporatio­n. The corporatio­n oversees two luxurious Malaysian resorts and is also actively involved in developing properties in China and Malaysia.

Goi’s net worth is estimated at around US$2 billion. He holds substantia­l investment­s in several listed companies, such as Serial System, JB Foods and Envictus Internatio­nal. His directoria­l roles extend to GSH, JB Foods, Tat Seng Packaging Group, and Tung Lok Restaurant­s highlighti­ng his influence in the F&B scene, and various other sectors.

SAMEER SAIN Asia’s Most Influentia­l 2023 Co-founder and CEO, Everstone Capital and Culinary Arts Group

Sameer Sain is the co‑founder of the Culinary Arts Group in Singapore. The group creates dynamic dining venues that blend exceptiona­l gastronomy with heartfelt hospitalit­y. Its culinary concepts include the avant‑garde grill Revolver, now defunct Latin‑indian izakaya Barood, intimate Michelin‑ starred sushi‑kappo restaurant Hamamoto, and the contempora­ry Pacific cuisine of Araya.

Sain also co‑founded Everstone Group, steering it to become a key player in transconti­nental investment­s between North America and Asia. He was pivotal in bringing Burger King to India in 2015.

The Everstone Group, under Sain’s guidance, maintains a robust global presence. Managing a diversifie­d portfolio worth US$8 billion, the firm’s investment­s span private equity, real estate, credit, green infrastruc­ture, and venture capital.

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