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Seeing stars this Weekend

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THEY'RE back. Celebrity chefs that is. Just when you thought the allure of foreign Michelin-starred chefs had dimmed in the face of Singapore's own thriving F&B scene - with homegrown Michelin-starred chefs and a vibrant street food scene making it a dining destination in its own right - we're about to see stars again.

The coming months will see an influx of big named chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic and Bjorn Frantzen setting up outposts in Singapore, creating a buzz not seen since the likes of Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud and the late Joel Robuchon opened their doors at the two integrated resorts close to a decade ago.

In Friday's issue of Weekend magazine, we look at what their impact will be on an over-saturated dining scene and on diners who are no longer as starry-eyed about celebrity names as they used to be.

We also get up close and almost personal with Marco Pierre White, the legendary and sometimes controversial British chef-restaurateur who talks about his Singapore labour of love - the intensively restored English House which took four years of his life to pull together.

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Elsewhere in the issue, we meet Jeong Ae Ree - whose name sounds a lot like 'aria' and may explain why she became an opera singer and is now the respected founder and artistic director of New Opera Singapore. She shares about why her mission is to expose audiences to opera experiences that go beyond Nessun Dorma.

Finally, even if you've been to Tokyo countless times, there will no doubt be many pockets of this fascinating city that are open to discovery. We take you on a cultural high in Japan's capital as we seek out spirituality in Mount Takao, kawaii culture in Sanrio's Puroland and high brow art at the Mori Art Museum.

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