Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tasting Singapore, with Daniel Boulud

The high-spirited Chef Daniel Boulud was even more ebullient than usual this morning, as he welcomed press to breakfast at DB Bistro Moderne in New York City to celebrate the upcoming launch of DB Bistro Moderne at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this summer. Last night, Boulud's Upper East Side restaurant, Daniel, was named "Outstanding Restaurant" at the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala.

Boulud is one of six celebrity chefs who are opening restaurants at the new resort, which will be Singapore's largest exhibition and meeting venue. Over breakfast Boulud, who was born in France, reveled in the strides that American cuisine and New York City restaurants in particular have made in the last two decades: "When Singapore needed a French chef, they came to New York," Boulud pointed out. "Twenty years ago, they would have gone to France."

For James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro's perspective on how American cuisine has been transformed in recent years, see the Leading By Example profile in the November 2009 issue of Convene.

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