Japanese Chef Chikara Yoshikawa Celebrates His 70th Birthday With a Dinner Party
Yoshikawa Shin Saku, owner of Haru Yoshi Japanese Restaurant, and his family, recently feted the 70th birthday of his father, renowned Japanese chef Chikara Yoshikawa, with a dinner celebration at Summer Palace at The Regent Singapore for 60 guests.
Guests were treated to a constant flow of wine and whisky and a sumptuous spread of Chinese cuisine. Along with family and close friends, those in attendance include Singapore Tatler friends such as Jean Yip, Susan Peh, Grace Wong, Frances Low, Dolly Cheong, Linda Soo-Tan and Tan Khar Nai, as well as former Singapore member of parliament Chay Wai Chuen and his wife, Agnes Tseng.
Chef Yoshikawa’s wife, Helen Kuek, also shared a witty and humorous account of how they met, fell in love and maintained their 37 years of marriage—which was one of the highlights of the evening. Later that evening, he was surprised with a customised birthday cake made to resemble a huge bento box filled with sushi rolls and sashimi, decorated with colourful tea lights, undoubtedly a nod to his illustrious career which spans over 50 years.
Prior to the opening of Haru Yoshi Japanese Restaurant in Yuk Tong Avenue, Chef Yoshikawa had helmed the famed Nadaman at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. The chef, who was evidently moved by the evening's turnout, eventually dedicated an impromptu song performance to everyone present.