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Chefs in China - where the grass is greener


WHEN former Singapore celebrity chef Andre Chiang closed his two Michelin-starred restaurant, a well-deserved break in his hometown of Taipei wasn't on his mind. Rather, he was already winging his way to Chengdu to put the finishing touches on his next project, The Bridge, where he brings his own unique touch to Sichuan cuisine.

"I could see the potential growth in the city which has one of the highest standards of living in China," he tells Weekend magazine in this Friday's issue. He's not the only one. The country's exploding middle class, and rabid demand for new food concepts have attracted a growing number of Singapore chefs to make their mark there. Among them are recognisable names such as Jereme Leung, Johnston Teo and Edward Voon, who share their experiences of living and working in a different cultural environment.

We also chat with Tran Uyen Phuong, deputy CEO of Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group, about being part of the family that owns Vietnam's largest drinks company that outsells Coca-Cola and even turned down the offer to be acquired by it.

The next time you're on holiday and contemplating an Airbnb stay, remember that where you stay can make or break your experience. With that in mind, we discover five hotels worth seeking out. Finally, check out the loft living experience and for cinephiles, the 30-year-old Singapore International Film Festival is back and in better shape than before.

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