The organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants have named Meta in Singapore as the 2021 American Express One To Watch Award recipient. This award is presented to a restaurant that is outside the main Asia’s 50 Best list but is identified as the rising star of the region.
South Korean-born chef Sun Kim opened Meta in 2016. The name comes from the word metamorphosis. At meta, Kim’s progressive menu celebrates authentic Asian flavours and high-end European cooking techniques.
Chef Kim worked in his mother’s restaurant in Seoul when he was a teenager. In 2011 he enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney and worked at Tetsuya’s there. In 2014, he was seconded to Wakuda’s award winning Waku Ghin in Singapore.
At Meta, Kim’s culinary style has evolved, drawing increased inspiration from his Korean heritage, alongside the delicate artistry of Japanese cuisine and his education in Western cooking techniques. Admired for its technical expertise, Meta’s menu distinguishes itself elegant presentations and inspired combinations of seasonal ingredients, as evident in Chef Kim’s Kinmedai dish, featuring foie gras, shimeji mushroom and black truffle.
“I am very humbled and honoured to receive this award from Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. I couldn’t have achieved this without the support and hard work of the Meta team.”Chef Sun Kim
Chef Kim’s achievements will be celebrated during the online ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 on 25th March, from 4.30pm HK/SG (5.30pm JPN), which will be broadcast to a global audience via Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook and the 50 Best Restaurants TV YouTube channel.