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James Tan

The Age Good Food Guide Australia Hatted Chef
1997, 2005 -2010

Multiple winner of Amex
Best Asia Restaurant Awards
1991, 1992 & 1993, 1997

Singapore Chef James Tan describes his Asian cuisine as a blend of fresh local ingredients. Combined with Asian spices and cooked with a light touch. Presentation is simple and elegant.

James Tan is a long-time recipient of The Age Good Food Guide Australia Awards and has been a multiple winner in the Amex Best Asia Restaurant Awards.

He trained as a chef and opened his first Asian restaurant in Sweden in his early twenties. After many years in Europe he moved to Australia where he blended in European-style cooking to his repertoire. Before the term‘Asian fusion’was popularized in the early Nineties, James had already mastered this style and was renowned for it throughout Australia.

The Mandarin Duck, The Duck Crown Casino and Magic City in Melbourne, Australia. Recently he consulted for the Trans Asia Hotel and the prestigious Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

Sacred Rice Bali brings a blend of experience and intimate dining where each dish is crafted by James.

James speaks English and Malaysian natively and is proficient in Indonesian. James has been residing in both Australia and Asia over the last thirty years and is now permanently based in Ubud, Bali.

  • “His style of food is considered to be creative in its design , fresh and light in presentation and above all theflavours are unmistakably  Asian. James is considered a leading pioneer of modern Asian cuisine in Australia.”  
    Mietta O
  • “James Tan has cast a spell on diners as he blends a contemporary  sensibility  with  carefully crafted  Southeast Asian and Singaporean cooking , to come up with food that is just plain delicious.”
    John Lethlean
  • “His signature lacquered soy duck served with Asian greens and mushrooms and a soy broth heady with star anise. It will haunt you. But so too may his wicked little “ sandwich “ of fried soft shell crab.”
    Eat Streets Melbourne
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