Whether you’re in an exclusive island resort, like in a Langkawi hotel (though, certainly, you will have been wrapped in luxury there), or in the middle of the busiest cosmopolitan city, you will find a celebrity chef ready to provide a fantastic meal. Indeed, celebrity chefs are very visible and accessible nowadays – their signature dishes even more so, finding their way into the kitchens of hotels and resorts that are equally superb.
Be it in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Las Vegas, or Malaysia, you can treat yourself to a wonderful getaway complete with culinary experiences that help define the brand of pampering your hotel gives. Here is a rundown of not-to-miss celebrity chefs and where you can get a chef’s table:
Daniel Boulud of Café Boulud at The Surrey
20 East 76th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Experts say that the posh but low-profile boutique hotel The Surrey provides the best room service in town. So whether you stay inside your room in your pajamas or reserve a table at Café Boulud, you can indulge on superb food and poised service. The menu, designed with and enriched by creative inputs from Boulud’s protégés, includes classic French dishes such as tuna Niçoise, seasonals like the Maine lobster salad, market vegetables, and global fares, a standout of which the Shredded Beef Empanadas with cactus salad.
Alain Ducasse of SPOON at Intercontinental Hong Kong
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China
SPOON earned its 2 Michelin Stars because of Ducasse’s unique brand of contemporary French cuisine. Often described as seductive, the menu and wine list showcase clever culinary nuances not frequently experienced in other celebrity kitchens. It doesn’t hurt that you will enjoy the food in casual-chic ambience, looking out over arresting views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline.
Santi Santamaria/Daniel Chavez of Santi at the Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
There was a lot of excitement when news of master chef Santi Santamaria’s opening a restaurant at MBS first broke. When the first guests had billed out, the Singaporean food scene was never the same. Santi is currently helmed by Daniel Chavez, a young Peruvian who once worked with Gunther Hubrechsen at Singapore’s Les Amis before he headed Santi’s Ossiano in Dubai. The Spanish cuisine at Santi MBS is one of the best in the world that it makes the Mediterranean ambience unnecessary. Make sure to try the signature Joselito Iberic cured ham with tomato bread toast or the Gazpacho Andaluz vegetable soup.
Wolfgang Puck of Spago at Caesars Palace
The Forum Shops at Caesars 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite G-1. Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s only apt that you sample who actually set the trend for celebrity chefs heading the kitchens of the world’s top hotels. The chef to the Hollywood stars introduced pizza to gourmet cuisine, effectively changing the dining scene in Las Vegas for good. Spago focuses on American comfort food with a fine-dining twist. Order the Roasted Half Free-range Chicken served with Yukon gold potatoes, goat cheese and wild mushrooms, and natural jus. Or go for the more high-brow Blue Cheese-crusted Filet Mignon with potato lyonnaise, confit bacon, cipollini onions, spinach, and a balsamic reduction.
Shinya Maeda of Cerise by Gordon Ramsay at The Conrad Tokyo
105-7337, 13, Tokyo, 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Japan
Chef de Cuisine Shinya Maeda came home to Japan after an extensive international experience, which covered Australia, The Canteen and Soho House in London, Aquavit in New York, and then again in London at The Lanesborough’s The Conservatory, and working alongside Gordon Ramsay himself at Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill. Enjoy European service from the staff, care of Maeda’s and Ramsay’s tutelage, while indulging in Smoked Trout with spicy aubergine salsa and anchovy dressing or a Terrine of Skate Wing.