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Singapore chefs on the road ahead, this Weekend


IT LOOKS good on paper - the notion that Singapore food is not just hawker fare and expat-driven fine dining, but a dynamic cuisine driven by the creativity and passion of local-born talented chefs. However, recent restaurant closures point to a harsher reality of shattered dreams and egos, and raises the question of whether crispy chicken rendang or jellied bak kut teh is a novelty that's fast losing steam, or a viable cuisine that just hasn't found the right formula. Several chefs share their experiences in Friday's issue of Weekend magazine.

While the future of Singapore cuisine is debated, one sure thing is that you can't have too many Chinese restaurants in Singapore. We talk to famed Hong Kong-born restaurateur Alan Yau, who changed London's dining scene with iconic Asian restaurants Wagamama, Hakkasan and Park Chinois, and is bringing his magic touch to Singapore with his new project, Madame Fan.

Meanwhile, Milan Design Week is under way - find out who are the Singapore talents taking part. And for vinyl fans, the annual Record Store Day is back, with a wide range of hard-to-get albums ready to be snapped up.

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