SINGAPORE — Chef Andre Chiang of the eponymous two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Andre has announced that he will shut his business after eight years.
His shocking announcement, which was made on his website on Tuesday (Oct 10), also said that Restaurant Andre’s last day of business will be on Valentine's Day — Feb 14, 2018.
Chiang, 40, said that he wishes to return his Michelin stars and for his restaurant at 41, Bukit Pasoh Road not be included in the 2018 edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore.
Explaining the decision, Chiang said: “I’m a perfectionist and for the past 30 years of my career, I’ve been looking for that unrealistic 'moment of perfection'; three Michelin stars, World’s Top 50 restaurant.
"Until now I realised, at this moment- It is perfect as it is.”
He also requested that his other restaurant RAW — located in Taipei — not to be included in any Michelin Guides planned for Taiwan.
"My hope is that RAW will be the pure place where I can focus on educating, developing others, and cooking after my retirement from Restaurant Andre," he explained.
Restaurant Andre, known for its French Nouvelle cuisine, began its operations in October 2010 and subsequently received a two-star Michelin rating in the inaugural Singapore edition of the Michelin Guide released in 2016.
After the closure of Restaurant Andre, Chiang will return to his birthplace, Taiwan.
"Passing on everything I have to the next generation in Taiwan and China is my duty, and providing young chefs a better education and culinary culture is an urgent priority for me," Chiang said.
"Although Restaurant Andre’s legacy will soon become a fond memory to the world’s gourmets, I have no regrets, as we have achieved all that we have wanted to for Singapore and for Asia."