Chef Chen Kentaro from 2 Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten, Singapore preserves the legacy of Japan's first Szechwan Restaurant, Shisen Hanten, which was founded in Yokohama in 1958 by his Szechwan-born grandfather. This was Chen Kenmin, who was regarded as the "Father of Szechwan cuisine in Japan" and a highly-successful Chinese entrepreneur.
Chen Kentaro's father expanded the family business by establishing restaurants throughout Japanese cities. He has been acclaimed as one of the most celebrated "Iron Chefs" by a cult Japanese TV show, on which he has won many cooking competitions.
Chen Kentaro learned from his dad, perpetuating the passion to deliver Szechwan's famous cuisine to Japanese diners. He is now a rising star on Japan's culinary scene and often appears on TV shows. Chen Kentaro went back to his roots for a while in Szechwan, then led expansion outside Japan by opening the Shisen Hanten restaurant in 2014 at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. His Szechwan mastery was promptly rewarded with two Michelin stars in 2016, making Shisen Hanten the highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
This is Szechuan cuisine with Japanese flair. Chen Kentaro serves up an exceptional dinner featuring the sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic and salty flavors that give Szechuan food a distinct boldness.
Two Michelin stars were conferred on Shisen Hanten by the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016. The restaurant is led by Chen Kentaro, who will deliver against a menu created specially for Hong Kong. He will use the freshest premium ingredients from Japan in his quest to introduce gourmet delights from Japan's favorite Szechwan restaurant to diners in Hong Kong.