A mark of someone who’s from or lives in Singapore is their obsession with food. From hawker stalls that have been around for years, to fine dining establishments that are bringing this city up to par with the world’s best, we love them all.
Here, we’ve rounded up 10 chefs to follow on Instagram so you can see behind the tiled walls of a professional kitchen and understand more about the person who wears the apron. Sometimes, you’ll even be treated to the chefs’ banter with each other.
Recently awarded a Michelin star in Singapore’s very first guide, Kirk Westaway is fast becoming a household name. The chef de cuisine at Jaan lets us have a look at the beautiful produce he brings in, from Affogliati lemons and Hokkaido white corn, to Brittany red mullet and Manjimup truffles. He also shares snippets of life in the kitchen as he has a laugh with his team before they get down to serious work.
Jaan, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, +65 6837 3322, www.jaan.com.sg
Creativity has no limits in Han Li Guang’s kitchen. His dishes have included an edible forest consisting of a beef rendang bone marrow tree trunk, black quinoa soil, and potato branches. Scroll through for his take on a classic English dessert with a bread and condensed milk pudding, kaya mousse, kueh bahulu, indulgently topped with sturgeon caviar. Constantly tinkering with local flavours and elevating dishes like orh luak (oyster omelette) or hor fun (rice noodles) with the finest produce and technical expertise, his feed will have you rushing to get a table at Restaurant Labyrinth.
Restaurant Labyrinth, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23, Singapore 039802, +65 6223 4098, labyrinth.com.sg
Have a look at the process behind Andrew Walsh’s test creations at Cure, such as beef tartare topped with a dashi jelly disc. He also takes us along for the ride as he travels around the world and meets other fantastic chefs. The chef-owner deals with more than just the food at his restaurant, such as sourcing for gorgeous ceramic and wood collections to make interesting canvasses for his food.
Cure, 21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128, +65 6221 2189, www.curesingapore.com
Justin Quek takes us through the life of a wildly successful chef, from putting together his dishes of lobster and caviar, to connecting with other extraordinary talents from around the world. He also gives his followers tips for whipping up comforting meals or simple party nibbles. One of the nation’s most recognised chefs, follow him for the latest news on his menu updates and special appearances at events.
Sky on 57, Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8857, www.marinabaysands.com
Sam Aisbett loves to mix up flavours and textures in his modern Australian cuisine, adding Asian touches such as faat choy (black moss), century eggs and sea cucumber. Follow the adventurous chef as he goes around Singapore trying local eats like rojak, pork offal soup and durian. Also get a peek at what goes into his dishes – did you know that he cultivates herbs in Whitegrass’ garden patch?
Whitegrass, 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes, #01-26-27, Singapore 187996, +65 6837 0402, whitegrass.com.sg
A pioneer of modern Singaporean dining, Willin Low earned Wild Rocket a spot on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, just in time for its 10th anniversary. On his Instagram feed, pictures of his playful creations are interspersed with snaps of his favourite local dishes and his gastronomic explorations all around the world. He’s definitely one for the foodies to follow.
Wild Rocket, 10A Upper Wilkie Road, Hangout Hotel, Singapore 228119, +65 6339 9448, www.wildrocket.com.sg
The Instagram feed of the man behind Cheek by Jowl is as intriguing as his tasting menu suggests. Rishi Naleendra’s exotic concoctions vary with the seasons’ freshest ingredients, and are plated beautifully. His artistic flair also extends to canvasses outside of the kitchen — check out his recently completed triptych in watercolour on his feed.
Cheek by Jowl, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620, +65 6221 1911, cheekbyjowl.com.sg
Exciting things are happening for Peranakan chef Malcolm Lee. Not only has he just won a Michelin star, he’s introduced a new ah-ma-kase (his play on omakase) menu to emulate grandma’s thoughtful cooking, and is also currently preparing Candlenut’s new home at Dempsey. Start following him so you won’t fall behind on the news. On his feed, you’ll get to see how he fires up the charcoal grill for satay, listen to the babi assam (tamarind pork) bubbling away, and practically smell the chicken skin as it gets deep fried and crispy.
Candlenut, 331 New Bridge Road, Dorsett Residences, #01-03, Singapore 088764, +65 8121 4107, www.candlenut.com.sg
This Peruvian chef injects a taste of his hometown to his contemporary Spanish plates. With his weakness for ceviche and Singaporeans’ love of seafood, Ola — Cocina del Mar’s menu focusses heavily on the best catches from around the world. Follow Daniel Chavez to be fascinated by their 25-kilogram New Zealand swordfish and more Japanese sea urchin than you can possibly handle.
Ola — Cocina del Mar, 12 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Tower 3, #01-06, Singapore 018982, +65 6604 7050, www.olarestaurant.sg
Jonathan Lee only recently revived his Instagram feed, but he seems quite the photographer, capturing stunning shots of the sunrise and his fishing escapades (he operates on a catch and release basis). The chef helms Bjorn Shen’s Artichoke, where the popular Smoked Chicken dish was actually inspired by his favourite Katong boneless chicken rice. Check out how he brightens up his days in the kitchen with a bit of #kitchenhumour.
Artichoke, 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978, +65 6336 6949, www.artichoke.com.sg