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An Introduction to Eight Teams Competing at SAVOUR Gourmet 2016

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by J.D.Wen (subscribe)
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SAVOUR is back. The DBS Live Your Dream initiative is back seeking out the next generation of home-grown culinary superstars.

Here are 8 teams of homegrown chefs pairing up with their mentors eyeing for a spot in the final held in November 2016:

Team Salt Tapas: Luke Mangan & Ronald Li
Chef Luke is a renowned Australian celebrity chef. Ronald had studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked for Brasserie Wolf, Le Cordon Bleu, and Restaurant Andre. He is now the Head Chef carrying on Luke's philosophy of keeping food simple and fresh.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Salt Tapas, Luke Mangan, Ronald Li, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival
Team Salt Tapas. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Lower East Side: Claudio Sandri & Michael Yeong
The Swiss-born Chef Claudio has chalked up an 15-year career at renowned restaurants such as Nobu and Brasserie Joel. Michael is the Executive Sous Chef at the first Mexican-inspired concept at East Coast Road.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival, Lower East Side, Claudio Sandri, Michael Yeong
Team Lower East Side. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Buona Terra: Dennis Lucchi & William Bai
Chef Denis has worked for premier restaurants in London, Rome and Singapore. Now he showcases the best of Northern Italian cuisine. William is the Junior Sous Chef with 7 years of experience. He had cooked for ex-President S.R. Nathan.
Buona Terra, Savour 2016, MBS, food festival, gourmet Singapore, Denis Lucchi
Team Buona Terra. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Saveur Art: Tyler Lai & Allen Tan
Chef Tyler, the Chef De Cuisine of Saveur Art, worked for some fine dining restaurants such as Guy Savoy and JAAN. Allen has an impressive working experience where he spent 2 years each at Les Amis and JAAN. He wishes to bring modern French desserts to Singapore diners.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival, Saveur Art, Tyler Lai, Allen Tan
Team Saveur Art. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team CATO: Ethan Li & Tommy Kim
Korean-born Tommy was inspired by Akira Back who went on to compete against Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America. He has learnt classic French techniques and experiments with bold Asian flavours under tutelage of Chef Ethan.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Singapore gourmet, CATO, Food Festival, Ethan li, Tommy Kim
Team CATO. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Gattopardo: Lino Sauro & Kenneth Oh
Chef Lino who was born into a Sicilian farmer family is proud of his heritage; hence, he emphasises on freshness and seasonality. Kenneth, the chef de cuisine who joined him in 2011, favors simplicity and believes there should be a reason why every single ingredient be on the plate.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival, Ethan li, Tommy Kim
Team Gattopardo. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Artichoke: Bjorn Shen & Jonathan Lee
Bjorn wears many hats: chef and owner of Artichoke, a lecturer, a columnist, and the Asia-Pacific chef ambassador for a United Nations food project. Jonathan who prefers to build big flavours with a wood fired hearth and brick oven over fancy presentations joined the funky Middle Eastern restaurant 6 years ago.
Savour 2016, Artichoke, DBS Live Dream, Bjorn Shen, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival
Team Artichoke. Photos courtesy of Savour


Team Bar-A-Thym: Francois Mermilliod, Shameem Abdullah, & Muhd Zulkefle
Francois has chalked up 20 years experience in Australia and Singapore. He has 2 mentors under his tutelage. Shemeem is the Pastry Chef who had worked for top hotels in Singapore, and Zul is the Sous Chef who had worked for Braise, Guy Savoy and The Prime Society.
Savour 2016, DBS Live Dream, Singapore gourmet, Food Festival,Francois Mermilliod, Shameem Abdullah, Muhd Zulkefle, Bar-A-Thym, Bar A Thym
Team Bar-A-Thym. Photos courtesy of Savour


Every transaction at Gourmet Village will entitle the visitors to vote for their favorite teams. Vote now and help them realise their dreams!
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Why? Try the best of local talents showcasing their culinary skills
When: Business Hours: 12 & 13 May: 6pm 11pm; 14 May: 11am 4pm & 6pm-11pm; 15 May: 11am 6pm
Website: www.savour.sg
Where: Bayfront Avenue next to Marina Bay Sands EXPO and Convention Centre
Cost: Free admission. Gourmet dishes are sold at $6 and $12
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