Two-Michelin-Starred Restaurant Andre will permanently close its doors on February 14, 2018.
Taiwan-born chef Andre Chiang has announced in an e-mail to the press in the early hours of Wednesday morning, October 11, with an attached letter by Chiang, 41, saying that he will return to Taiwan after the closure. "I wish to kindly return my Michelin stars and also request not to be included in the 2018 edition of the Michelin guide Singapore," said Chiang.
The chef's interest in the culinary world began at the age of 13. He claims to be a perfectionist in his career of 30 years. He now plans to go back to his roots and have a more balanced life. He is also the founder of another restaurant in Taipei called "RAW" where he wants to focus on educating and moulding younger chefs in improving their skill set. He sees it is his "duty" to pass down the knowledge through each generation.
Chiang requested that his restaurant RAW should not be included in any future Michelin Guides for Taiwan. "You might ask, why now? Because this is the best moment of my life. I walked into the restaurant, into the kitchen, I see everyone, everything in order, polished, flawless. "
Restaurant Andre is currently ranked No. 2 on the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list, while Raw is No. 24. On the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, Restaurant Andre is No. 14 and is the only restaurant from Singapore to make the top 50.
Chiang trained under Jacques and Laurent Pourcel at Le Jardin de Sens in Montpellier, France, where he started his journey. Nine years later, he became the head chef of the three-starred Michelin restaurant. The famous restaurant Andre was opened in October 2010 and offered only 30 seats every day, focusing on serving spontaneous culinary art.