Welcome to Bibik Gourmand, a collection of my published work and food-related blog entries.
I am a Singapore-based food writer and the former editor of Zagat Singapore. In my past life, I was a foodie in the guise of a corporate jet-setter who dined excessively on corporate expense. In 2002, I traded those near-Solitaire frequent flyer miles for a critic’s pen and have since served as a food critic/writer for a handful of publications including Time Out Singapore.
To satisfy my ferocious appetite for writing (or dining, depending on how you look at it), I also cover food beats for titles including New York Times, CNN Travel, Destin Asian, South China Morning Post, Time magazine, Conde Nast Traveller and Travel & Leisure SEA (see my favourite press clippings here). Since the global roll-out of 12forward by White Guide in late 2016, I’ve also taken on the role of Contributing Editor for 12forward’s Singapore guide where I update and review 12 of the city’s most forward eateries. I am also the Contributing Editor, the only one in Asia, for the 2018th edition of Where Chefs Eat by Phaidon.
Occasionally, I veer off food-writing when I am required to wear my other hat as the Singapore Destination Expert for Telegraph Travel, where I review all Singapore hotels as well as write/annually update the Singapore City Break Guide to include the city’s hottest restaurants, bars, attractions and events.
The calories I gained from these wondrous dinners are not in vain – I put them to good use by participating in, and sometimes organizing, dining-related events. In 2016, I was engaged to organize “20 Best Chefs”, a two-day event in Singapore that brought together 20 of the city’s best chefs – including Andre Chiang, Julien Royer and Ryan Clift – for a series of gourmet masterclasses. I’ve also been invited to share my insights on consumer dining trends at regional conferences, including Hyatt’s Asia Pacific Regional Food Leadership Conference, an event attended by more than a hundred Hyatt executives and chefs throughout the Asia Pacific region. Since 2015, I’ve also served as the Regional Academy Chair (South East Asia, South) for The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. For the upcoming World’s 50 Best events in Singapore, I will be curating the hawker food selection for the Chefs’ Feast event, a dinner event attended by some of the world’s best chefs.
While I’m predominantly a writer/editor, I’ve also been invited to appear in several regional food and lifestyle-related TV programmes. I was a judge for a reality TV show in Tokyo, Asian Ace (a Japanese TV variety show for Tokyo Broadcasting Corporation), and have shared my views on the dynamism of Singapore’s dining scene in programmes including 3 Chefs 1 City and The Toque 12. Most recently, I was engaged as a consultant for Food Heroes, a Channel NewsAsia documentary profile series that featured eight of Singapore more eminent culinary personalities.
In between assignments, I occasionally take my chef friends and food-obsessed travellers on a roaming visit to some of my favourite hawker stalls across the island, many of which I’ve written about for the likes of Eater.com and FineDiningLovers.com.
Note that the reviews published in this blog are sometimes hosted. I am under no obligation to review every restaurant I’ve visited. If I do, the reviews are 100% my own.
Unless photo credits are specifically indicated to another party, all images are copyrighted to Alex Ang and used here with permission.
© Evelyn Chen 2013