American Express presents limited edition menus at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, The St. Regis Singapore and W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

03-Mar-2017 4:17 PM

Singapore, 2 March 2017 – Get your forks ready! From 4 March, American Express is bringing foodies limited edition dining experiences at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, The St. Regis Singapore and W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.

The American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menus have been crafted in collaboration with celebrity influencers Pornsak, Jeanette Aw, Lennard Yeong and Janice Wong.

Mr. Cheng Heng Chew, Singapore Country Manager, American Express said: “Singaporeans love to dine out and we want to take that experience up a notch by making it unforgettable. That means offering them more than just delicious food and luxurious ambience, but also helping them create new shared memories with their friends and families.

“Inspired by Singapore’s love affair with food, we introduced our Love Dining programme to give our Platinum Card Members premium dining experiences and privileges at selected restaurants, bars and hotels. We’ve also expanded the Love Dining programme to more than 60 restaurants, including those in Singapore’s finest luxury hotels.”

The Love Dining Celebrity Edition menus are available from 4 March to 3 May 2017 to all diners starting from S$62++. American Express Platinum Series Card Members can enjoy savings of up to 50%, as part of their Love Dining privileges. The menus pair each chef’s culinary expertise with a personal memory or inspiration by each celebrity.

Pornsak and The Line, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Mediacorp TV personality, managed by Left Profile, Pornsak, was inspired by his childhood memory of visiting “talad” or the local market in Thailand with his mother to pick out the sweetest pomelos. Pomelo and other traditional Thai ingredients will be featured in a special section at The Line’s renowned international buffet on Mondays and Wednesdays. Some dishes include Crab Meat with Pomelo Salad, as well as Barramundi with Green Peppercorn and Kaffir Lime.

Jeanette Aw and Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
For Mediacorp star, Jeanette Aw, she drew upon her Peranakan heritage and love for fairytales to create a beautiful Oriental-Peranakan fusion menu with Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant. Some highlights from the menu include Braised Chicken with Buah Keluak and Blue Pea Flower Fried Rice with Egg White and Scallop, as well as Baked Lava Cake with Gula Melaka and Coconut Ice Cream.

Lennard Yeong and LaBrezza, The St. Regis Singapore
Former MasterChef Asia finalist and self-taught home cook, Lennard Yeong is an up-and-coming Instagram influencer who prepares beautifully-plated, home-cooked food. An avid traveler, he draws inspiration from Japan and collaborated with LaBrezza to create a unique Japanese-Italian menu. The menu includes Spaghetti, Vongole e Sake, which pairs artisanal spaghetti “Rummo” with dry sake-drizzled vongole veraci, as well as Savoiardi al Thé Verde e Mascarpone, featuring ladyfinger biscuits soaked in green tea syrup, mascarpone mousse, sakura gel and macaron.

Janice Wong and SKIRT, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
As a visionary in the art of dessert making, Chef Janice Wong’s philosophy is a continuous inspiration for her world of edible art. She brings her signature touch to SKIRT, creating eye-popping, colorful dishes such as Crab and Avocado Salad with Bloody Mary gel and micro salad, as well as Lobster Mai Tai with sweet potato, lobster espuma and king prawn kataifi.

For full menus and more information on the celebrity influencers and restaurants, please refer to the appendix. For more information on the American Express Love Dining programme, visit http://amex.co/lovedining.

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Media Contact

American Express
Ivy Tan
Manager, Public Affairs & Communications
+65 6317 6392
+65 9787 8399
ivy.a.tan@aexp.com

Michele Batchelor
Head, Public Affairs & Communications
+65 6317 6338
+65 9649 1899
michele.s.batchelor@aexp.com 

APPENDIX A

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Pornsak


MENU
Dear Memory Menu by Pornsak and The Line, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

1. Crab meat with pomelo salad
2. Curried seafood velouté
3. Barramundi with green peppercorn and kaffir lime
4. Soursop and raspberry pudding

Pornsak’s Dear Memory Menu is available only on Mondays and Wednesdays as part of the lunch buffet at S$62++ and dinner buffet at S$79++. Terms and conditions apply: http://amex.co/lovedininghotelstnc. 

QUOTES BY CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Mr. Pornsak said: “One of my favourite dishes is Yum Som'O (Thai Pomelo Salad) made by my Mum. Whenever I miss her or get homesick, this is the dish that brings me the most comfort. I shared with Chef Davian that my Mum and I would make Yum Som'O together when I was a kid. It's amazing how he managed to come up with 4 dishes from just a memory of mine. Come have a taste of my childhood.”

Chef Davian Santang, Sous Chef of The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, said: “The American Express Love Dining programme is a fresh and truly unique initiative which provides gourmands with access to exclusive privileges and specially crafted menus, such as the one I have created. I am very honoured to be able to create a special celebrity edition menu based on Pornsak’s treasured memories, and look forward to presenting this menu for diners to enjoy.”

PROFILES OF CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Pornsak
Pornsak’s spontaneous and humourous personality has endeared him to many in Singapore, making him one of the most sought-after hosts and brand ambassadors. His hit show Food Source, one of the most highly-rated TV programmes on Channel 8, was shown in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea and parts of Europe. Having travelled around the world in search of the freshest ingredients and the most delicious recipes, it is no surprise that this young entrepreneur has decided to open a Thai restaurant chain PORN’S sexy.thai.food.


This amiable host speaks fluent Mandarin, English and Thai and won the Best Newcomer Award at the Star Awards 2007, Rocket Award for Most Improvement in 2011, Best Variety Show Host in 2015, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste Award in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won 2015 and 2016 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Entertainer.


Chef Davian Santang
Chef Davian joined Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore in 2014 as Chef de Partie and was promoted to Sous Chef in recognition of his exemplary performance. In his capacity as Sous Chef of The Line at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, he is engaged in every step of the food preparation process – from refining and creating recipes to the preparation of the cuisine at The Line. Passionate about crafting exquisite fusion cuisine, he constantly researches and experiments with Western and Asian techniques and ingredients.

Prior to joining Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, he has had over seven years of culinary experience in hotels including Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, The Westin, Kuala Lumpur, and Equatorial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Chef Davian graduated with a Diploma in Culinary Arts from Satt College, Kuching, and has been recognised for his culinary skills in numerous competitions. In 2008, he emerged as one of the top six Best Commis Rotisseur at a competition organised by Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs - Bailliage de Malaisie.

MEDIA CONTACT
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Wen Xian, Tang
Communications Manager
+65 6213 4599
wenxian.tang@shangri-la.com


Isa Chong
Communications Executive
+65 6213 4882
isa.chong@shangri-la.com

APPENDIX B

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel and Jeanette Aw

MENU
An Oriental-Peranakan Fairy Tale by Jeanette Aw and Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

1. Double-boiled Salted Preserved Vegetable with Duck Soup and Bird’s Nest Dumpling
2. Baked Cod Fish with Pineapple Nonya Sauce and Deep-fried Tiger Prawn with Chef’s Special Minced Fish
3. Braised Chicken with Buah Keluak and Blue Pea Flower Fried Rice with Egg White and Scallop
4. Baked Lava Cake with Gula Melaka and Coconut Ice Cream

Available all day at S$138++. Terms and conditions apply: http://amex.co/lovedininghotelstnc.


QUOTES BY CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Ms. Jeanette Aw said: “I'm honoured to be on board American Express Love Dining programme. I've always loved the creative process, being in love with baking myself. This whole food experience is definitely something to be cherished. I'm looking forward to the special 4-course menu that will be presented to everyone.”

Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel said: “We are honoured to collaborate with American Express as well as renowned Mediacorp celebrity Jeanette Aw to create a special Oriental-Peranakan menu inspired by Jeanette. We look forward to tantalising the taste buds of our guests with this 4-course menu that is bursting with myriad of exciting Oriental and Peranakan flavours, as well as premium ingredients.”

PROFILES OF CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Jeanette Aw
The epitome of sunshine and intelligence, Jeanette exudes an irresistible aura of charm and charisma that never ceases to impress.

Jeanette won the coveted “Best Newcomer” award in Star Awards 2002 when she joined Mediacorp. She has since starred in countless prime time TV hits including “The Champion”, “Switched”, “The Peak” and “Rhythm of Life”, all of which garnered rave reviews, showcasing her versatility. In the epic drama blockbuster “The Little Nyonya” in 2008, Jeanette delivered a stellar performance; her dual-role portrayals of “Ju Xiang” and “Yue Niang” left an indelible impression in the hearts of viewers and spread her name beyond these shores.

To be placed amongst the “Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste” for consecutive years is also testament to Jeanette’s immense popularity in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia. She was also the youngest artiste to receive her place amongst the veterans as an “All-time Favorite” in 2015.

Chef Brian Wong
At the helm of Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong Shiuh Yean. Trained in the rich and intricate art of Chinese cooking and driven by a zealous passion for exquisite culinary creations, Brian has more than 15 years of culinary expertise from his tenure at notable restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia and Italy.

Brian believes in playing up the strengths of Asian culinary traditions while harmoniously introducing new ingredients and produce into his dishes. He continuously explores the interplay of taste, texture, imagination and presentation, balanced with a multitude of cooking techniques. He pushes the culinary boundary by challenging the conventional approach to Cantonese cuisine through his imagination, creating distinctive dishes while retaining the essence of traditional Chinese cooking.

The 35 year-old has garnered gold medals for prestigious awards including “Taiwan World Culinary Competition 2014”, “Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Competition 2014”, “FHA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Chinese Chef Competition 2013”, “Hong Kong Ming Huo International Chinese Chef Competition 2012”, to name a few.

MEDIA CONTACT
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Karen Chan
Director of Marketing Communications
+65 6831 4776
+65 9766 1677
karen.chan@marriotthotels.com

Joan Foo
Marketing Communications Coordinator
+65 6831 4762
joan.foo@marriotthotels.com

APPENDIX C

The St. Regis Singapore and Lennard Yeong

MENU
East Meets West: Purity Menu by Lennard Yeong and LaBrezza, The St. Regis Singapore

1. Tonno, alghe e bonito
Yellow fina tuna tartare, wakame salad, bonito flakes, bonito—soy sauce
2. Minestrone e brodo di dashi
Sautéed seasonal vegetables in a light dashi broth, basil cress
3. Spaghetti, vongole e sake
Artisanal spaghetti “Rummo”, dry sake-drizzled vongole veraci, parsley leaves, extra virgin olive oil
4. Tagliata di manzo, soia e sesamo
120 days grain-fed angus beef striploin –done medium–, Italian rocket, shaved parmigiano, “Datterino” tomatoes, soy-sesame dressing
5. Savoiardi al thé verde e mascarpone
Matcha ladyfinger biscuits soaked in green tea syrup, mascarpone mousse, sakura gel and macaron

Available only for dinner at S$138++. Menu with a wine pairing option available at S$188++. Terms and conditions apply: http://amex.co/lovedininghotelstnc.

QUOTES BY CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Mr. Lennard Yeong said: “Through my travels around the world, I’ve always taken a liking to the Japanese culture. Light and tasty, food is always made with the freshest of produce which resulted in mind-blowing flavours. Likewise, the Italians also use the finest of ingredients in their various dishes; often accompanied by a fine wine and dine treatment for meals. It excites me to see the results of the collaborative menu I have planned with Chef Armando, where he adapts my love for Japanese cuisine into his deep roots into Italian cooking.”

Chef Armando Aristarco, Chef de Cuisine of LaBrezza said: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with American Express for this exciting initiative. Lennard and I have created a wonderful menu that perfectly balances Japanese and Italian flavours, and I look forward to welcoming guests to LaBrezza to savour this exceptional dining experience".

PROFILES OF CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Lennard Yeong
Following his passion for food, Lennard joined MasterChef Asia after leaving his job as an engineer. With the support of his family, the then 27-year old became an impressionable culinary face around the region, cooking his way up the ladders of the competition.

A finalist of the MasterChef Asia, Lennard continues his cooking journey since and has plans to pursue his love for food. An avid home cook, Lennard enjoys his time in the kitchen as much as he enjoys eating the very same dishes. His Instagram page @Lennardy features beautifully prepared dishes, tantalising a great many and garnering numerous followers over the years.

Chef Armando Aristarco
Armando Aristarco joins The St. Regis Singapore as Chef de Cuisine of its specialty Italian restaurant LaBrezza.

With a decade of experience in the culinary world, Armando brings with him extensive culinary experiences with previous appointments at numerous hospitality establishments.

Born in Torre del Greco, a town in Naples, he began his culinary journey at the tender age of sixteen, when he embarked on a culinary apprenticeship. While completing his culinary education in Italy, Armando spent several summers working as a Chef de Partie in a 4-star resort in Egypt. He then returned to Italy where he worked for several other dining establishments and luxury hotels, including the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vun by Andrea Aprea in the Park Hyatt Milan. Prior to moving here, Armando held the position of Sous Chef at the award-winning Primavera Trattoria Moderna Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain.
With a strong passion for crafting exquisite plates based on a philosophy of maximum simplicity and freshness, Chef Armando is dedicated to creating a truly authentic Italian epicurean experience for guests at The St. Regis Singapore.

MEDIA CONTACT
The St. Regis Singapore
Natasia Poh
Assistant Marketing Communications Manager
+65 6506 6811 +65 9108 3141 natasia.poh@stregis.com

APPENDIX D

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove and Chef Janice Wong

MENU
Your World, Your Colours Menu by Janice Wong and SKIRT, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

1. Crab and Avocado Salad
Bloody Mary gel, micro salad
2. Lobster Mai Tai
Sweet potato, lobster espuma and king prawn kataifi
3. 6-spiced SKIRT Steak
With elements of mushrooms and mustard
4. Rhubarb and Pistachio
Rhubarb compote, pistachio custard, champagne rose jelly

Available all day at S$148++.
Terms and conditions apply: http://amex.co/lovedininghotelstnc.

QUOTES BY CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Chef Janice Wong said: “I see myself as beyond a pastry chef, taking my passion for food-making as a form of art. My passion is driven further than taste in food, focusing additionally on the visual impact on food to create a wholesome dining experience.

“Colours make up most of the visual experience that comes with eating pleasure. To which, I hold pride whenever I exercise my inspirations on my new dessert ranges. It’s like fashion for food, where colour becomes the clothing of expression for its presentation over a plate; a delicious palette laid before excited diners. I look forward to seeing how my collaborative menu with Chef Chris will take flight in a visual journey with colours as its center.”

Chef Chris Hibbert, Executive Sous Chef of SKIRT, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, said: "SKIRT is well known for its prime cuts of meat and sustainably-sourced seafood, taking on a very modern and “now” approach. With Chef Janice’s flair for colour and attention to detail, we are confident that this partnership will showcase SKIRT’s finest creations from a unique perspective, elevating the guests’ dining experience to a whole other level".

PROFILES OF CELEBRITY INFLUENCER AND CHEF

Chef Janice Wong
Taken under the wing of some of the world’s best chefs, including US luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz, virtuoso Spanish Chocolatier Oriol Balaguer and prodigious French pastry chef Pierre Herme, Janice is undoubtedly skilled in her endeavours as an artisanal pastry chef.

A favourite among sweet-toothed Singaporeans, her dessert restaurant 2am:dessertbar seeks to redefine the dessert experience around the region and the world. Chef Janice received worldwide recognition for her cutting-edge creations and has been recently been named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef for the second year running by the prestigious San Pellegrini Asia’s 50 Best for 2013 and 2014.

Chef Chris Hibbert
Chef Chris is the Executive Sous Chef at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove’s SKIRT restaurant. His first foray into the industry began more than 15 years ago was inspired by his uncle, who was a pastry chef in Vancouver.

Chris attended culinary school in England and started his career as a Chef de Partie in a Michelin-starred restaurant, Gravetye Manor located in the United Kingdom. After spending three years there, he then fine-tuned his skills at a variety of well-known establishments in the hospitality industry globally including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sanya, China and The Temple House.

Chris believes in pushing the boundaries of what one knows and never fearing to learning something new. He sees Heston Blumenthal, British celebrity chef and Grant Achatz, one of the leaders in molecular gastronomy, as inspirations for their approach not only to their culinary creations but also how guests are treated in their restaurants.

MEDIA CONTACT

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Lin Liangmin
Director of Marketing Communications
+65 6808 7231
+65 8292 6387
liangmin.lin@whotels.com

Media contact

Michele Batchelor
Head of Public Affairs & Communications

michele.s.batchelor@aexp.com

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