Two Michelin stars, a spot on the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, countless other international awards… and now chef André Chiang can add the Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award to his ever-growing resume.
Not bad for a guy who’s only 41. Then again, he’s already got as much experience as some chefs twice his age: at the tender age of 13, he left his native Taiwan to learn the culinary trade in France, where he found exceptional teachers in some of the country’s best kitchens. In recent years, Singapore’s benefited most directly from his wealth of knowledge—the appropriately named Restaurant André served up absolute perfection there for eight years, before Chiang held one last dinner for friends there at the beginning of 2018. The end of Restaurant André didn’t mark the end of Chiang’s career, though. Far from it, in fact: he still runs seven more restaurants, each with their own individual concepts. Now, he’s planning on developing even more new locations, this time in cities he hasn’t yet conquered. He’s especially interested in returning to his native Taiwan and helping Taiwanese cuisine take over the world while giving young up-and-coming chefs the opportunity to develop their skills. In short, he may be one of the most ambitious chefs of his own generation, but Chiang’s already thinking about the next one.
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Lucas Palm - Rolling PinMarch 25, 2019