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Michelin Star Nights: 4 Culinary Maestros, 3 Michelin Stars, 2 Execlusive Dinners

Shanghai, China, 21 September 2016 – In collaboration with SAVOUR, Jing An Shangri-La West Shanghai will be presenting two nights of Michelin-starred chef dinners, featuring Michelin-starred chefs Dennis Huwae (Head Chef of &SamhoudPlaces, Amsterdam), Douglas Tay (Chef de Cuisine of Osia Steak & Seafood Grill, Singapore) and, rising stars Christopher Millar (Executive Chef of 1-Altitude, Singapore) and Jair Chavez (Chef de Cuisine of 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar, San Pellegrino 2016 China Young Chef Top 10 finalist).  

On 8 October 2016, Dennis and Douglas will be presenting a 6-course dinner menu at Calypso Restaurant and Lounge for RMB888nett per person. On 10 October 2016, three chefs – Dennis, Christopher and Jair, will collaborate to present at four-course dinner menu at 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar for RMB1,288nett per person. Early bird specials – purchase your seats by 30 September to receive a complimentary glass of champagne and caviar canapes (1515 WEST will be serving vintage champagne). Tickets for the dinners can be purchased on the hotel’s WeChat Shop or you can call for enquiries at (86 21) 2203 8889.  


Prior to the dinner events, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai will be participating in SAVOUR Shanghai 2016 at The Hub from 4 to 7 October 2016. 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar will be serving its perennial best sellers – burgers and ribs, including traditional American Tex-Mex Prawn Jacket Potatoes. Calypso Restaurant & Lounge will feature Mediterranean favourites – farfalle pasta with slow-cooked beef cheeks, handmade Arancini rice balls and homemade Italian Gelato. Tickets to the event can be purchased at  


Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai is collaborating with SAVOUR for the second year running. 2015’s one-night only Michelin-starred dinner at Calypso Restaurant & Lounge was sold out with Michelin-starred chefs Rolf Fliegauf (Switzerland), Laurent Peugeot (France) and Shangri-La Festival of Gastronomy Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Perbellini (Italy).  


“With the success of international culinary events held at Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai in 2015, we hope to build a continuous reputation in 2016 as a culinary hub for international, high profile wine and dine events – Michelin-starred chef dinners, celebrity bartender and mixologist appearances, Shangri-La Festival of Gastronomy, including wine dinners and events”, said Mr Marco Vazzoler, General Manager of Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai.  


Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai will be holding the next prolific Michelin-starred chef event from 25 to 29 October 2016 as part of the Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy. Featuring Hong Kong Chef, Ip Chi Cheung of two Michelin-starred Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant from Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Chef Ip will be guest chef at Jing An Shangri-La’s Shanghai Michelin Guide recommended Summer Palace. Visit for more information.  


Dennis Huwae (Head Chef at restaurant &SamhoudPlaces, 2 Michelin Stars, Amsterdam)  


Chef Dennis Huwae is a Dutch star chef with Moluccan Islands roots. During the first 12 years of his youth, he suffered from an allergy that reduced his choice for food in such a way, that he lived only on cheese sandwiches.  Very often at family mealtimes he found himself surrounded by the incredible smells and beauty of the food (ricetables) prepared by the womenfolk of the family. Additionally, he was inspired by watching his father through the window of the restaurant kitchen where he worked. Influenced by these memories and a life changing discussion with his father, he decided to become a chef at the age of 16.  


Douglas Tay (Chef de Cuisine at Osia Steak & Seafood Grill, 1 Michelin Star, Singapore)  


Chef Douglas Tay embarked on his culinary journey at a young age of 17, and has since accumulated 20 years of culinary experience. In his early career, he won several gold medals at the Culinary Olympics (also known as International Kochkunst Ausstellung or IKA) and WA Oceanfest 2009, clinched second place at the World Association of Chef’s Societies (WACS) Global Chefs Challenge’s Asia Finals in 2009, and was a nominee at the2008 Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) for Most Passionate Western Cuisine Chef.  


Christopher Millar (Executive Chef at 1-Altitude restaurant, Singapore)  


Executive Chef Christopher’s culinary career includes positions at award-wining, iconic restaurants in London, Melbourne and Sydney. In Melbourne, he was appointed Executive Chef at the legendry Windsor Hotel, and two years later as the Executive Chef of the prestigious Pavilion on the Park in Sydney. Both restaurants were awarded one Chef’s Hat by the Age Good Food Guide and Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide respectively. Moving to Singapore in 2003, Christopher helmed the kitchens of The Fig Leaf and Poppi, achieving 10/10 in Tatler Singapore’s Best Restaurant Guide. His menu takes diners on a modern gastronomic journey, where each dish focuses on one star ingredient’s flavours and textures that tell its own unique story.  


Jair Chavez (Chef de Cuisine at 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar, Shanghai)  


The man in-charge of the kitchen and the fate of your steak. A Mexican, American – "A sweetheart" that's what the ladies in the media say. Trained in the culinary arts and molecular gastronomy, Jair's passion for the art of cooking came as no surprise, growing up in a family of chefs. Interestingly, before Jair designs his dish, he sketches it out on paper first. Both aesthetics and taste is equally important. "Your mind decides if the dish is tasty or not just from processing how visually enticing it looks", he says. Chef Jair is a rising star in the Shanghai culinary scene, having entered top 10 of the prestigious San Pellegrino Young Chef China Awards 2016 and was awarded Most Popular Young Chef on the awards night. Under the helm of Chef Jair, 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar received a recommendation by the newly launched Michelin Shanghai 2016 Guide.                                


The Dinner Menu on 8 October 2016 @ Calypso Restaurant & Lounge 


Course 1 (Dennis): Perfect egg, smoked eel salad and horseradish espuma 

Course 2 (Douglas): Foie gras, pineapple textures, Madagascar vanilla, coriander(Douglas) 

Course 3 (Douglas): Hokkaido scallop, Israeli cous cous, laksa espuma, pulverized Vietnamese cilantro oil 

Course 4 (Dennis): Chicken risotto, goat cheese, celery, raw marinated chanterelle, black garlic, salty plants, radish, silver onion sumac and broad beans, jus naturel  

Course 5 (Douglas): Wagyu beef tenderloin, burnt cleriac mousseline, puffed acquerello rice, bacon beurre blanc 

Course 6 (Dennis): Mille-feuille with strawberry and rhubarb  


The Dinner Menu on 10 October 2016 @ 1515 West Chophouse & Bar 


Amuse Bouche (Jair): Cold smoked oyster, beetroot-horseradish pearls, cucumber sea foam  

Course 1 (Dennis): Perfect egg, Smoked eel salad & horseradish espuma  

Course 2 (Christopher): Crispy pork belly, foie gras and bone marrow risoni  

Palate Cleaner (Jair): Tomato-gin sorbet, basil crystals, pistachio shortbread, flowers  

Course 3 (Dennis): Wagyu beef cheek risotto, goat cheese, celery, raw marinated chanterelle, black garlic, salty plants, radish, silver onion sumac and broad beans, jus naturel 

Course 4 (Christopher): Wild strawberry blossom, bergamot bubbles and candid cocoa nib  




Savour, the well-known Asian gourmet food festival will be held in Shanghai at The Hub from October 4 – 7. Recognized as “the best gourmet festival in the world” by CNN, Savour is enjoying its second year in China after travelling through Singapore, Hong Kong and Jakarta. During the event, six master chefs from overseas Michelin star restaurants, together with seven local awarded restaurants will present an unprecedented food party for food lovers in and around Shanghai. As well as an incredible range of food the event also includes a series of activities such as a gourmet market, gourmet auditorium and features its very own wine area. 


About Calypso Restaurant & Lounge 


Located in the hotel’s piazza, the two-storey bamboo-clad glass-roof building brings Mediterranean cuisine to the doorstep of guests and residents. The restaurant has been designed by world-famous architect Shigeru Ban and stands right next to one of the former residences of Chairman Mao Zedong. Al fresco dining is available on both ground floor and the second floor roof terrace.  


Address: Corner of Tong Ren Road and An Yi Road, Jing An Kerry Centre Piazza, Shanghai 


Reservations: (86 21) 2203 8889 


About The 1515 Chophouse & Bar 


Michelin Shanghai Guide 2016 recommended! With an Old Shanghai movie scene combined with Classic American bar and grill décor, The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar is accented by touches from Shanghai’s black and white movie era. Diners entering The 1515 West will be greeted by the smell of freshly baked bread from two large vintage cast iron ovens. A comprehensive range of artisan cheese and cut-to-order small goods from the Charcuterie Room complements the bakery. Meat lovers will be delighted by the restaurant’s generous portioning philosophy.  The restaurant features The 1515 West signature brand Australian beef, dry aged for 45 days.  The beef comes in four cuts handpicked by Executive Chef.  The house butcher presents signature prime cuts which are cut and weighed on an old-fashioned scale on the table and sent straight to the grill. 


The Tasting Bar provides fresh oysters and seafood from around the world. Champagnes, vermouths, sherries, white wines and a cellar featuring a selection of New World wines and Reds ensure that our Wine Sommelier always has the best recommendations at hand.  


The main bar is in classic New York style and provides views of the piazza and the former resident of Chairman Mao Zedong.  It offers Shanghai’s best beverage selection of classic and unique spirits from which a team of skilled bartenders will produce premium drinks and cocktails for guests. 


Address: Level 4, 1218 Middle Yan'an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai 


Reservations:(86 21) 2203 8889 


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at 


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PRESS CONTACT:               Frida Wu 


Communications Manager  


Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai 


1218 Middle Yan'an Road  


Jing An Kerry Centre on West Nanjing Road, Shanghai 200040 


Tele: (86 21) 22038888 






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