It should be referred to as a six-hands special instead. After all, three masters— two chefs and a champagne connoisseur — have joined hands to create a one-night-only champagne-pairing dinner at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s Origin Grill.
Things are likely to heat up on May 23, 2018 as dishes like the tangy, spicy Sichuan pepper crusted duck will be rounded off with the opulence of 2002 Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart. There’s also pan-seared fillet of Japanese sea bream to be paired with the gentle yet crisp bubbles of NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé; and the Alaskan king crab roll with the NV Billecart-Salmon, Brut Réserve.
We look at the three culinary and champagne masters, headlining the exclusive dinner.
1. Monsieur Antoine Roland-Billecart of Billecart-Salmon
Antoine is the current head and sixth-generation scion of the family-run champagne house of Billecart-Salmon in France, which have been independently producing its bottles of champagne for 200 years. Antoine will be popping five of his highly acclaimed bottles and one being the prestigious cuvee 2002 Cuvee Nicolas-François Billecart. This cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the co-founder and respects the original blend of 1837. The blend remains the same every vintage with 20 percent of the wine fermented in barriques and 10 years of aging.
2. Chef Daniel Smeenk of Azur
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Daniel Smeenk now works in Beijing at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing’s Azur by Mauro Colagreco. Smeenk’s affinity with Argentine Colagreco began when he worked as the sous chef of two-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. Smeenk went on to open a boutique hotel in Nanjing, China with Colagreco; before he came to where he is today.
3. Chef Heidi Flanagan of Origin Grill & Bar
Sydney-born Heidi Flanagan helms the kitchen of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s newest dining offering: Origin Grill & Bar. She has previously worked as an executive chef in luxury boutique properties in Europe; Bali, Indonesia; and Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.