Recently André Chiang, (winner of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award) in Asia’s Best 50 talks said that it was the right decision to close the restaurant after 10 years. He was looking forward to reconnect to Taiwan, his country that he left when he was just 13-years-old kid, to discover what it means to be and to cook Taiwanese now.
He said “I feel frustrated that I don’t know more about Taiwan.” He already has a restaurant there of course, Raw in Taipei, which was recently awarded a Michelin star and ranked 15th on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year.
He also announced two new concepts for 2018: one on the site of the defunct Restaurant André in Singapore and one in an as yet unnamed Asian city.
Chiang said he sees himself now as “more of a coach than a player” and also wants to devote more time to training the next generation of chefs in Taiwan.