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Julien Royer

Chef Julien Royer’s brainchild, Odette in National Gallery Singapore, may only be two years old but it has already been inducted into Les Grandes Tables du Monde (the second restaurant in Singapore to be accorded the honour by the esteemed restaurant guide), given two Michelin stars and placed ninth on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list. The passionate 34-year-old himself also debuted on the 2017 edition of the annual Le Chef’s 100 Best Chefs in the World list. On the attention he has received, the Frenchman says: “A big challenge for me is finding a balance between what I need to do outside the kitchen, like meetings and interviews, and what I want to do in it.” However, he says, none of this would have been possible without his most treasured possession: his grandmother’s recipe book. Above all, he says, “I never forget the importance of humility and perseverance.”

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