Having grown up in Singapore with an absolute passion for good food, Rose Ang started cooking at the tender age of 10 and soon decided she wanted to be a chef. “After school I did my training at culinary schools in Singapore and Australia,” says Rose. “I then had the chance to travel with my work, which was amazing.”
Gaining extensive experience in high-profile restaurants and five-star hotels around the world, Rose developed her knowledge and appreciation of Japanese food during a stint in Macau, where she took on the role of Executive Chef at Roka Restaurant back in 2007. ”Roka serves contemporary Japanese cuisine,” explains Rose, who helped to successfully establish the restaurant at its first location outside of London. “I quickly discovered that I loved the simplicity of Japanese food – the natural umami flavours, the freshness and the focus on quality ingredients.”
In 2008 Rose joined renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s talented team, taking charge of seasonal operations at both Nobu@Badrutt’s Palace, in the Swiss resort town of St. Moritz, and Matsuhisa Mykonos, located within Belvedere Hotel Mykonos on the beautiful Greek island.
After an exciting two years spent extending her skill base, Rose was offered the dual role of Director of Food & Beverages and Executive Chef at Belvedere Hotel Mykonos – where Matsuhisa Mykonos sits alongside George Calombaris’s first Greek venture, The Belvedere Club Restaurant.
This brings us to 2012, when Rose returned to Australia to head up the kitchen team at Saké Restaurant & Bar Melbourne. Working closely on the menu with Executive Chef Shaun Presland, Rose is now thrilled to be serving up Saké’s unique version of contemporary Japanese cuisine at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s fabulous Hamer Hall.
“It’s always great to start with a restaurant from the outset and being a part of the Melbourne dining scene is very exciting. Our menu caters for everyone and we offer a very modern mix of Japanese flavours,” says Rose, who ensures that the Saké Melbourne menu has a distinct local flavor. “We also are lucky to have such a beautiful riverside location,” Rose adds. “The Arts Centre is really vibrant – it’s the perfect setting for our food!”