Here, their resolutions for the New Year ahead.
Loh Lik Peng
Founder and director of the Unlisted Collection Group
Last year was a busy year for Loh. Not only did one of the restaurants in his group, Cheek by Jowl, achieve its first Michelin star, but Loh also opened two of the hottest new restaurants in town this year—Nouri, together with former one Michelin-starred Bacchanalia chef Ivan Brehm; and Blackwattle, together with chef Clayton Wells from Sydney’s Automata.
Beppe De Vito
Owner, the ilLido Group
A familiar face in the local f&b scene, 2017 has been an accomplished year for the chef/restaurateur of the ilLido Group—Braci earned its first Michelin star, and the group also opened the new casual pizzeria concept, Amo.
"In our constant quest to deliver high quality experiences, the restaurateur in me is looking into bringing innovation to the table while the chef part of me is looking forward to traveling to more new places and seek out better, fresher ingredients in our pursuit to create more," he adds. "All in all, we’re gunning for another great year focused on creation and creativity."
Chef and founder, the Emmanuel Stroobant Group
The man behind the Emmanuel Stroobant Group—which owns two-Michelin-starred Shoukouwa—gained another Michelin-starred accolade this year, as Saint Pierre took home one star at the 2017 MICHELIN Guide Singapore gala event.
"My 2018 resolution is to be more disciplined, whether it is at home, at work or on the yoga mat."
Executive chairman, Revolver Asia
At 48 years old, Lu is no stranger to the local dining scene. The f&b veteran is known for having a hand in starting up The Prive Group and The Argentum Group before he started the boutique consultancy Revolver Asia in August 2011. At present, Lu's most recent project is SavourWorld, a S$10-million joint venture between events company Savour's executive director Darren Chen and Lu himself.
"One way I hope to achieve this at Savourworld is to build a platform to promote affordable gourmet food, minimizing food waste, maximizing recycling efforts and creating awareness of ways to be more responsible global citizens yet still enjoy our lifestyle by just making small changes in our daily lives."
Managing Director, Blue Lotus Concepts International
2017 was a busy year for this savvy restaurateur. Under his lead, the group has opened new restaurants including Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House at Tanjong Pagar Centre, Blue Lotus Mediterranean Kitchen + Bar in Alexandra Road (the only non-Chinese concept in the group) and Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar at Savourworld in Science Park.
And on a personal level? "I also want to spend more quality time with family, friends and my parents."