Interview with Marriott Singapore’s Director of Food and Beverage

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lm The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The irrepessible and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM has an exclusive interview with…

MARRIOTT Singapore’s Director of Food and Beverage, affable Owen Cooper, about how the 5 Star hotel is handling the horrid virus pandemic.


The Travelling Gourmet TM: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is following all the Singapore guidelines for the virus. Are there additional safety features that Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is implementing?

Owen Cooper: The well-being and health of our guests and associates remain a top priority at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. We are committed to providing our valued customer, with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. We have intensified our preventive measures in line with the World Health Organization and Singapore’s Ministry of Health guidelines. In addition, our hotel has implemented measures in accordance to Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean programme. Some of the additional safety measures in terms of Food and Beverage include enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the hotel, including public spaces,; implementing of QR Code menus; elimination of self-service food stations. We are also in the midst of enhancing our contactless QR payment system.

The Travelling Gourmet TM:   How are the foreign guests finding all these measures?

Owen Cooper: Our safety management measures are well-received, as they help to create a safe and clean environment, letting them dine with peace of mind. 

   The Travelling Gourmet TM:  Will the good old Buffet dinners come back in due course in future?

Owen Cooper: I think in time we will see a gradual return to buffet operations in the future, however with enhanced safety and hygiene standards in place. It may not be exactly the same as it was before, but instead a renewed approach.

Yes, Buffets are now featuring cooked to order concept served to the diner at tableside with no more self-service food stations. When you stay and dine at Marriott Singapore you can be sure that you are safe and well looked after. Many thanks to dynamic and helpful Owen Cooper, Director of Food and Beverage and Marriott Singapore.

Keep calm and carry on eating! Stay healthy!

For 2020 Marriott has superb Mooncakes to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival!

Marriott’s haute cuisine Cantonese restaurant Wan Hao has really yummie Tim Sum that touch your heart and taste buds! Steamed Hokkaido Scallop Dumping, Deep Fried crispy Mango Prawn Roll and Triangular Char Siew Soh filled with SAS- sweet & savoury roast pork. A nice Riesling from Alsace or Germany goes well with Cantonese cuisine. I always remember my dear friend, the late Etienne Hugel of the celebrated winery in Alsace, who loved Vietnamese food.

Etienne brought me on a VIP tour of Hugel winery and did a Wine Tasting of his best wines, which I will never forget.



Wan Hao’s Dessert Chilled Zangy Lemongrass Jelly with Lime Sorbet is to rob a bank for!

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