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First Michelin Guide Singapore to debut in July
Singapore’s first Michelin guide will be released on July 21, cementing the city-state’s honour of being the first and only country in Southeast Asia to be covered by the guide, TTG Asia reports.
Reviews were completed in 2015 by anonymous Michelin inspectors who selected establishments according to five criteria – quality of ingredients used, mastery of cooking techniques and flavours, reflection of the chef’s personality in the cuisine, value for money and consistency, both over time and across the entire menu. Factors such as place, décor, service and facilities are not considered.
Michelle Ling, programme director of Michelin Guide Singapore, was tight-lipped about the number of inspectors and the number of eateries that were reviewed, but it is reported that everything under the F&B categorisation – such as hawkers – are included.
The awards ceremony will also be held on July 21, at Resorts World Sentosa. The ceremony will see the presentation of stars to restaurants in Singapore for 2016, and Michael Ellis, international director of Michelin Guides, will be in attendance.
This is the first time the awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with a gala dinner, and it is also the first time the event is open to the public. Organised by Robert Parker Wine Advocate, the dinner menu will be prepared by Joël Robuchon and a few local chefs who have earned a mention in the guide.
A new English-language website is being launched by the 100-year-old brand in collaboration with RPWA and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Meanwhile, Singapore will be home to a new 126 ha wildlife and nature precinct dedicated to eco-tourism by 2023. The space in development, situated just outside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Mandai, is currently home to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari.
The plan is for two more wildlife parks to join its ranks – a Rainforest Park and a Bird Park, which will relocate from its current space in Jurong. Eco-friendly accommodations are also in the works.
Visitors will be able to stroll on aerial walkways at the Rainforest Park or relax in pods and watch birds take flight in nine aviaries that feature different landscapes at the Bird Park. The areas will also boast nature trails, boardwalks, gardens, waterways and playgrounds.
TTG Asia

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