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Fifth edition of Asian Masters promises stellar line up and innovative, gastronomic experiences

Singapore, 22 February 2017 – Asian Masters returns for its fifth edition from 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018, celebrating the very best of Asian Gastronomy. 

Organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, and Presenting Partner HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited, Asian Masters is set to wow diners with its four key pillars: The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao’s Best Asian Restaurant Awards, Gastronomic Treasures, Feast Asia and Mixology Asia. 

This year, Asian Masters promises to deliver more finesse and exclusivity through the introduction of premium beverages such as wines, cognac, whisky and champagnes. Singapore’s leading dining establishments such as Shinji by Kanesaka, Hashida Sushi, Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, Summer Pavilion, The Rizt-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, The Song of India, Fat Lulu’s, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, Long Chim Singapore, VLV Singapore, Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, come together to create an Asian culinary odyssey. 

Ms Elaine Chia, Managing Director of Sphere Exhibits, said “We are heartened by the success of our gourmet festivals and look forward to presenting more events with greater finesse and sophistication to discerning diners locally and regionally. Through our strong partnership with HSBC on various gourmet festivals, we are pleased to partner with HSBC for the very first time for Asian Masters and we strongly believe that HSBC’s well-defined spectrum of local and regional cardholders will definitely enjoy this gastronomical offering.”

Mr Matthias Dekan, Head of Customer Value Management, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Singapore Limited, said: "With the continued success of our partnership with Sphere Exhibits and Gusto Italiano, we are delighted to be the official partner for Asian Masters. Through participation in these world-class gastronomic events, we demonstrate our commitment to bringing value and new experiences for our customers. HSBC cardholders can continue to savour Asian culinary delights through dining promotions at leading Asian restaurants.”

HSBC cardholders will enjoy 20 per cent off all Asian Masters events as well as Mixology Asia cocktail promotions and 15 per cent off a la carte food bills at all Feast Asia participating restaurants. 

Reservations for Asian Masters events can be made through the official website www.asianmasters.com.sg or through the hotline at (65) 6319 4038.


Highlights of Asian Masters

The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao presents The Best Asian Restaurant Awards

Date : 29 March 2017Wednesday
Time : 7pm
Price : By invitation only
Venue : Grand Mandarin Ballroom 1-2, Mandarin Orchard, Level 6

333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Dress Code : Professional Attire

An Awards ceremony will be held to announce the results of the Best Asian Restaurants. The evening expects to see 200 guests with attendees being leading professionals from Singapore’s food & beverage industry, representatives from winning establishments and readers who have won tickets to the event. The celebration will be followed by an epicurean spread presented by Olympic Gold winning team from Singapore Chefs Association. Their creations will be prepared from some of the finest ingredients specially procured from gourmet purveyor Angliss. Beverages served for the evening includes Hennessy Cognac, Glenmorangie Whisky and Ruinart. There will also be a TWG Tea feature as part of the awards reception. 

Gastronomic Treasures

Hennessy presents A Culinary Journey through China
Date : 21 March 2017Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $134.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $168.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Launching the fifth edition of Asian Masters is a bespoke ‘Culinary Journey through China’ dinner, specially curated by The Straits Times’ renowned food critic Wong Ah Yoke and Lianhe Zaobao’s veteran food consultant Alan Ng.

This evening offers diners a rare opportunity to experience the culinary genius of six culinary maestros from leading Chinese restaurants, who will come together to create a gastronomic odyssey. Their 8-course menu will be paired with three expressions of Hennessy cognac.

The restaurants featured at this dinner include Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Chef Kang’s Kitchen, Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine, Lokkee, Spring Court and Paradise Teochew. They will present eight regional styles of Chinese cuisine encompassing Teochew, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Fujian, Beijing, Hunan, Nanjing and Sichuan.

An Evening in Gion with Hennessy Paradis Imperial
Date : 7 March 2017Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $502.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $628.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Shinji by Kanesaka,

The St. Regis Singapore29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Treat yourself to a night in Gion as Head Chef Shunsuke Kikuchi impresses diners with his unmistakable taste of delicate cuisine. The dinner will showcase the harmonious pairing of high expression Hennessy Paradis Imperial with Chef Kikuchi’s creations.

An Evening in Gion with Hennessy Paradis Imperial
Date : 8 March 2017Wednesday
Time : 7pm (Reception) 7.30pm (Dinner)
Price : $110.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $138.00++ (Other payment modes)
**Based on communal seating
Venue : The Straits Room, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Level 4

1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) Co-Concertmaster Lynnette Seah, also known to be a great Peranakan chef, will prepare a feast which will be paired with a range of bespoke cocktails featuring Hennessy VSOP, Glemorangie Original and “R” de Ruinart. Even better, Lynnette will be performing one of her favourite classical pieces. Be mesmerised by the beautiful ambience of The Straits Room at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, delectable Peranakan flavours and classical violin tunes.

The Pillow Book Dinner with Ruinart
Date : 9 March 2017Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $126.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $158.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : VLV Singapore, Clarke Quay

3A River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Inspired by the ancient Chinese erotic literature “The Pillow Book”, Chef Martin Foo creates an aphrodisiac menu which will be paired with the outstanding champagnes from the House of Ruinart. Get ready for an evening that will stimulate your senses!

Hashida presents an Omakase Evening with Krug
Date : 14 March 2017Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $422.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $528.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Hashida Sushi Singapore

333A Orchard Road, #04-16 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Experience the simplicity and artistry of premium Japanese sushi as Chef Kenjiro Hashida pairs his signature creations with luxurious champagnes of Krug.

Sichuan Signatures with Rhone Treasures
Date : 15 March 2017Wednesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $158.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $198.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro invites diners to join him on a journey of discovering the very best of Sichuan flavours. Chef Kentaro’s menu will be paired with various gems from the region of Rhone Valley, France.

Audi presents The Royal Cuisine of Rajasthan with Glenmorangie Single Malts
Date : 16 March 2017Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $94.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $118.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : The Song of India

33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226

Dress Code : Smart Casual

No one can deny that Single Malt Whiskies and North Indian Cuisine make a perfect marriage! Be treated like royals as one Michelin-starred Chef Munjunath Mural showcases a 6-course menu that encapsulates the rich and royal flavours of Rajasthani cuisine. The evening’s menu will be paired with 3 expressions of single malt whiskies from Glenmorangie encompassing of Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban and Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or.

An Asian Grill with the wines of Arzuaga
Date : 23 March 2017Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $86.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $108.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Fat LuLu’s

297 River Valley Road, Singapore 238338

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Embark on a grilled indulgence as Chef Sam blasts kickass flavours into charcoal-fired Asian BBQ in his very own no-burn-no-taste style while his partner in crime Chef Song crafts technique-driven desserts of intricate refinement that promises a happy ending. Complementing the intensities of flavours are the fine wines of Arzuaga.

A Tok Panjang Dinner with the wines of Chapel Hill
Date : 25 March 2017Saturday
Time : 7pm
Price : $102.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $128.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : National Kitchen by Violet Oon

1 St. Andrew’s Road #02–01, National Gallery, Singapore 178957

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Peranakan cullinary doyenne Violet Oon shares her 50-year collection of treasured recipes at an exclusive Tok Panjang Dinner. Chef Violet’s creations will be paired with New World Wines of Chapel Hill.

Ruinart presents The Cuisine of War
Date : 28 March 2017Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $ 126.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $158.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Inspired by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, we believe that in order to win life’s battles, one needs to be of good and sound mind and body. The Cuisine of War which is about the cuisine of vitality will be presented by Cherry Garden’s Executive Chinese Cuisine Chef Cheng Hon Chau. To accompany the night’s gastronomic delights are the champagnes from the House of Ruinart. Renowned for its distinctive style and dedication to small production numbers, enjoy expressions including Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Ruinart Rosé and Dom Ruinart.

LIULIGONGFANG presents a Celebration of Crystal and Culinary Art paired with Shichiken Sakes
Date : 30 March 2017Thursday
Time : 7pm
Price : $158.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $198.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Summer Pavilion The Ritz-Carlton, Milennia Singapore 

7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799                                  

Dress Code : Smart Casual

An evening which is all about Art! Chinese Executive Chef Cheung Siu Kong promises to excite palates with his repertoire of exquisite, contemporary Cantonese cuisine presented in a form of culinary arts. Especially appealing to all art lovers, LIULIGONGFANG will also be featuring a line of Crystal art which makes the entire dining experience visually intriguing. The dinner menu will be paired with a fine range of sakes.

The Flavours of Thailand with the wines of Schlossgut Diel
Date : 4 April 2017Tuesday
Time : 7pm
Price : $102.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $128.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : Long Chim by David Thompson

10 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Atrium 2, 
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Savour authentic Thai dishes featuring the flavours of Essan, fronted by Head Chef Yingyod Raktham, paired with award-winning wines from Schlossgut Diel. The night will serve classic cuisine which has evolved with the changing times, while staying true to the heart and soul of the original dishes.

Feast Asia Dining Programme

As part of Asian Masters, Feast Asia will be offering deals exclusively to HSBC Cardholders in this dining programme, from 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018. Enjoy attractive year-long offers of 15% off a la carte food items at a selection of over 40 Asian restaurants across Singapore. From Chinese, Thai, Indian to Japanese, these fine cuisines are guaranteed to whet anyone’s appetite. Sit back, relax and relish your tastebuds as we bring you a new variety of restaurants every three months!

Mixology Asia Cocktail Promotions

From 1 to 31 March 2017, in conjunction with Asian Masters, Mixology Asia will see thirteen bespoke bars serving up irresistible Asian inspired cocktails, created using Hennessy VSOP cognac and Glenmorangie Original whisky. Sip on exhilarating cocktail infusions by mixologists whose love for experimentation lies in their creations presented before you.

The Flavours of Asia Culinary Workshops
Date : 4 & 5 March 2017Saturday & Sunday
Time : 10am12pm2pm and 4pm
Price : $102.40++ (HSBC Cards) | $128.00++ (Other payment modes)
Venue : ToTT Cooking Studio

896 Dunearn Road, #01-01A Sime Darby Centre
Singapore 589472

Dress Code : Smart Casual

Create culinary magic with one’s own hands by learning from any of the eight leading Asian maestros on 4 and 5 March at ToTT Cooking Studio. Attendees can pick up valuable insights from these culinary experts as they prepare signature dishes that can be easily recreated at home. The sessions on 4 March will be moderated by Lianhe Zaobao food correspondent Ms Ng Yimin and the sessions on 5 March (presented by Naturel) will be moderated by renowned food critic and deputy editor of The Straits Times Mr Wong Ah Yoke!

4 March 2017Saturday
5 March 2017Sunday
10 am
Chef Lee Cheok Kwang, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Chef Yuki from Shinsen Hanten by Chen Kentaro
12pm
Chef Yuichiro Suzuki from Ki-sho Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida from Hashida Sushi Singapore
2pm
Chef Manjunath Mural from The Song of India Chef Violet Oon from National Kitchen by Violet Oon 
(*By invitation exclusively for The Straits Times readers)
4pm
Chef Martin Foo, VLV Singapore
(*By invitation exclusively for Lianhe Zaobao readers)
Chef Leong Chee Yeng from Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore



For more information on the various events and registration details, visit 
www.asianmasters.com.sg.

Presenting Partner: HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited

Partners:

· Supporting Media: The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao
· Employability Partner: e2i
· Official Car Partner: Audi
· Official Crystal Art: LIULIGONGFANG
· Official Cognac: Hennessy 
· Official Whisky: Glenmorangie
· Official Prestige Champagne: Krug
· Official Champagne: Ruinart
· Official Tea Partner: TWG Tea
· Official Food Service Equipment Provider: Sia Huat Pte Ltd
· Official Venue: ToTT Store
· Official Porcelain Ware: Cerabon
· Official Gourmet Purveyor: Angliss
· Official Beef: Teys
· Official Pork: SIG 
· Official Oil: Naturel
· Official Fish: Kühlbarra
· Official Chef Jacket Supplier: Green
· Official Radio Station: Kiss92
· Supported By: Singapore Chefs Association
· Wineries: Chapel Hill, Domaine la Barroche
· Wine Partner: Cellarmaster Wines, Grand Vin, Water and WIne

F&B Partners:

· Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 
· Fat Lulu’s
· Hashida Sushi Singapore 
· Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
· Long Chim Singapore
· Mandarin Orchard
· National Kitchen by Violet Oon
· Shinji by Kanesaka, The St. Regis Singapore 
· Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro
· Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
· The Song of India
· VLV Singapore


Feast Asia Participating Restaurants:

· 9Goubuli · Punjab Grill
· Beef Yakiniku Dining Yakiniquest · Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh. (2 Outlets)
· Bhandari's Saffron · Saboten (3 Outlets)
· Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore · Sawadee Thai Cuisine
· Chicken Up (6 Outlets) · Sen of Japan
· Choubei Japanese Restaurant · Seoul Jjimdak
· Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore · Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro
· Diamond Kitchen (2 Outlets) · Si Chuan Dou Hua at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
· Ellenborough Market Café · Silk Road, Amara Hotel
· Famous Kitchen · Spicy Thai Thai Café
· Fukusen Restaurant · Straits Chinese Restaurant (2 outlets)
· Hua Ting, Orchard Hotel · Tandoori Corner
· Indocafe White House · Thanying Restaurant
· Jade, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore · The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
· Jane Thai Restaurant & Bar · The Song of India
· Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant · Tomo Izakaya (2 outlets)
· Kam Boat Teochew · Tonkin Restaurant
· Kombi Rocks Diner · Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
· Kuvo · VLV Singapore
· Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers · Wagyu Izakaya Nikuduki
· Long Chim by David Thompson · Yakitori Lounge Hibiki
· me@OUE · Yan
· National Kitchen by Violet Oon · Yan Ting, The St. Regis Singapore
· Nalan Restaurant · Yum Cha
· Omar Shariff · Yummy Punjaby
· Peach Blossom, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Mixology Asia Participating Bars:

· Bay @5, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
· Fabrika
· Fort by Maison Ikkoku
· Horse’s Mouth
· KUVO
· Maison Ikkoku
· me@OUE
· Mitzo
· Oxwell & Co. 
· Post Bar, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore 
· TFS Private Works
· The Flying Squirrel
· VLV Singapore 

Jointly issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited 

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Chan
Assistant Marketing Manager
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: 6590 3402
Email: ccheryl@sph.com.sg

Chua Pei Ling 
Corporate Communications & CSR Senior Executive
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: 6319 1895
Email: 
plchua@sph.com.sg


About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. 

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg

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