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Solaire’s 'Culinary Masters Series' presents Singapore’s top celebrity chef Justin Quek

Solaire’s 'Culinary Masters Series' presents Singapore’s top celebrity chef Justin Quek
By Syrah Vivien Inocencio
By Syrah Vivien Inocencio
September 04, 2019
Solaire introduces top Singaporean celebrity chef Justin Quek with his signature modern fusion of French and Asian flavours that will definitely take the Philippine culinary scene by storm.

In continuation of its "Culinary Masters Series", Solaire introduces Singapore’s top celebrity chef Justin Quek as he presents his signature French-Asian cuisine to Lucky Noodles and Red Lantern on 3 to 8 September 2019. 

Solaire is introducing some of the world’s most outstanding chefs to special dinner events that highlight their culinary skills and prowess for discerning guests to experience. This series is another example of Solaire providing the most extraordinary experience to its guests.

“By bringing in renowned and internationally decorated chefs from all parts of the globe, Solaire gets to share the fascinating ingenuity and creativity that are behind some of the best gastronomic creations that have garnered praise and recognition, and at the same time, widen the culinary horizon of our patrons,” expressed Knut Becker, Solaire’s Vice President for Food and Beverage.

The series started with Japanese Three Michelin Star Chef Jun Yukimura and now, the luxurious resort and casino features another well-decorated talent, Chef Justin Quek, to show his brilliant French-Asian flair in his exceptional display of skill and creativity.

While his hallmark is modern fusion, tradition and technique is still the Singaporean chef’s unwavering foundation in his distinct fusion of French and Asian flavours. Chef Justin Quek has worked in highly-reputable properties in Asia and esteemed Michelin Starred-restaurants across Europe which honed his culinary skills and afforded him his own personal culinary flair that blends both mastery of French techniques and his Chinese heritage.

Wanting to see the world at a young age, according to Chef Justin, he chose to become a sailor and ended up as a steward in a ship’s galley. From then on, he sharpened his skills through working in hotel kitchens across Asia, even staying in France for a year to excel further. This expertise led him to become the first Singaporean chef to serve the French ambassador, and later becoming a partner and the opening chef de cuisine for famed French fine dining restaurant Les Amis. 

Apart from Chef Justin’s achievements in his home country, he managed to expand his presence in Asia by heading various French fine dining restaurants across Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai before being invited back to Singapore to open and serve as the principal chef for the exquisite 240-seater fine-dining restaurant, Sky on 57, atop the Marina Bay Sands.

The award-winning chef also has his hands on entrepreneurship. In 2016. He launched Grignoter, the first wine bar in Singapore and Southeast Asia to be endorsed and supported by the Bordeaux Wine Council. In the same year, he opened Xingzhou Laoye, a luxe Southeast Asian diner, and Just In Modern French, a contemporary French dining room, both of which are in Beijing. Lately, he’s been spending more time in Marina Bay Sands for his two new concepts: Justin Flavours of Asia, a relaxed and laid-back restaurant that highlights the Singaporean comfort food experience; and Chinoiserie Modern Asian, an exclusive fine-dining restaurant which only offers the best French-Asian cuisine. 

Chef Justin's JustIn Flavours of Asia
Chef Justin's JustIn Flavours of Asia

On 3 September, T.Dining by Philippine Tatler got a chance to experience Chef Justin’s signature dishes with his duck foie gras xiao long bao, mushroom cappuccino, and Hokkaido scallop ceviche with ginger flower dressing and micro greens as appetisers. The three impressed us but the xiao long bao was definitely our favourite. For the main course, we were fascinated with the wok-fried Maine lobster Hokkien noodle and a crépinette of pig trotter with wild mushrooms and truffle jus. A classic Singaporean dessert, famous for its mixture of ingredients starring gula Java (a palm sugar from Java), was served last in fresh coconut.

Chef Justin’s Signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao
Chef Justin’s Signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao
Chef Justin's King Prawn Noodle
Chef Justin's King Prawn Noodle
Chef Justin's Salted Gula Java Ice Cream
Chef Justin's Salted Gula Java Ice Cream

Chef Justin Quek’s celebrated culinary creations will be available in curated menus and special lunch and dinner offers. On 4 September, experience a limited seating Wine Dinner which highlights his most-praised creations paired with a curated selection of wines. On 7 and 8 September, an elevated Red Lantern Dim Sum Lunch Buffet will take place featuring Chef Justin’s Ngoh Hiang or Prawns and Pork Fritter Rolls, Lap Mei Fan with Black Truffle in Lotus Leaves, and his trademark Duck Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao.

The restaurant will also offer a week-long premium à la carte menu filled with some of his stunners such as the Scallop and Uni “Har Gow” in Crab Bisque, Wilted Spinach and Caviar, Mushroom Cappuccino soup, Pan-fried “Crispy Scale” Amadai with Shao Xing sauce, Wok-fried Wagyu beef short ribs and sautéed French duck foie gras and Oriental greens, and a baked pineapple tart with salted Gula and Java ice cream. The Signature Set menu includes Drunken Crab with Salmon Roe, Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche with Ginger Flower dressing and micro greens. Lucky Noodles will have selected items from Chef Justin’s roster of signature dishes on its à la carte menu for the whole week.

Chef Justin's Pepper Lobster
Chef Justin's Pepper Lobster
Chef Justin's Lobster Hokkien Mee
Chef Justin's Lobster Hokkien Mee

Know more about internationally-celebrated Chef Justin Quek at www.justinquek.com and for inquiries and reservations, please call 888-8888 or email restaurantevents@solaireresort.com.

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Restaurant, $$$, Cantonese, Paranaque

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