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Bjorn Shen: A rebel in the kitchen

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, October 16, 2019  /  03:28 pm
Bjorn Shen: A rebel in the kitchen

No rules: Bjorn Shen is the pioneer of what he calls “dudestronomy”. (Biko Group/-)

Over cold beer and several slices of charcoal-grilled pizza at Duck Down Pizza Party in Kemang, South Jakarta, The Jakarta Post spoke with Bjorn Shen, perhaps Singapore’s most rebellious chef and pioneer of what he calls “dudestronomy”. All of Shen’s culinary explorations have been rather unusual. Take for example his main restaurant Artichoke, which infuses Middle Eastern cuisine with whimsical touches to create dishes like cuttlefish shawarma or baklava cheesecake. Located in the heart of Singapore's Arts and Heritage district, the restaurant brings its fusion dishes to patrons from brunch to dinner at an average of S$60 per person. His latest venture, Duck Down Pizza Party, brings that same quirk to a more down-to-earth setting a la hole-in-the-wall dive bar locale, complete with live music and at times raucous karaoke nights. ...