Having been awarded 2 Michelin Stars to date, Restaurant ANDRE is ranked Number 2 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017.
But after 7 years, the Bukit Pasoh Road establishment has announced that it is to serve its last service on February 14, 2018.
Chef Andre Chiang released an official statement at about 3.41am this Wednesday morning saying that he wished to "re-prioritize [his] professional life from early next year" and that he "wish[es] to kindly return [his] Michelin stars and also request to not be included in the 2018 edition of the Michelin Guide Singapore."
It seems that Chef Andre would like to shift his focus to culinary education and cooking at his own leisure.
Chef Andre would still be overseeing his other restaurant RAW which is based in Taipei, although he has also requested for RAW to be excluded from the Michelin Guide Taiwan.
On the timing of his closure, Chef Andre said, "I've been looking for that unrealistic 'moment of perfection - three Michelin stars, World's Top 50 Restaurant'... Until now I realised, at this moment, it is perfect as it is."
He calls it his "duty" now to inculcate the next generation of young chefs in Taiwan and China.
Although Restaurant ANDRE's legacy will soon become a fond memory to the world's gourmets, I have no regrets, as we have achieved all that we have wanted to for Singapore and for Asia.
This article first appeared on HerWorld Online