Foodies who knew Garfield Gordon Angove III, 38, said he was a reputed chef. The American helmed the now defunct Lucky 13 restaurant at TripleOne Somerset. He was also the former culinary director of food consultancy Revolver Asia and executive chef at Prive restaurant - both upscale establishments.
So it came as a surprise to fellow chefs that he was sentenced on Tuesday to two weeks' jail for punching a taxi driver.
Said a friend, who wanted to be known only as Mark: "He is a very nice person.
He isn't arrogant or aggressive."
Mark, who was also a supplier of seafood for Lucky 13, had met Angove several times.
"He's loud, brash and talkative but I've never known him to be violent."
But he was. And his actions on May 25 turned out to be a recipe for disaster.
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As Mr Mohammad Fariz Muhammad Yusman, 23, was returning to his parked motorcycle at New Bridge Road on May 25 at around 8.45pm, he noticed a figure near his bike.
It was Angove, who was standing up from behind the bushes near the vehicle.