Chef Julien Royer is an award-winning chef and the co-owner of Odette, a Modern French restaurant located at the National Gallery Singapore.
Odette is named in tribute to Julien’s grandmother, one of his greatest influences in life and in the kitchen, and reflects her belief in always ensuring that the fundamental pleasures of enjoying a meal are delivered in the most thoughtful, welcoming and hospitable manner. This ethos has directed every aspect of the Odette experience, harking to a new age in fine dining.
Julien has devoted years to forging lasting relationships with some of the finest boutique producers from around the globe. He takes pride in offering guests a unique opportunity to taste these exceptional ingredients at their peak in his restaurant in the heart of a city that is itself at the crossroads of the world. The result of this devotion to sourcing is an inspired effort that celebrates and respects seasonality, terroir as well as the skills of some of the world’s top boutique producers.
Prior to establishing Odette, Julien won over diners and critics globally during his four-year tenure at JAAN at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore. The fine dining restaurant received numerous accolades under his leadership, including 11th place on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and 74th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 long list. He was also named Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2014.
Julien’s first venture into the kitchen under the legendary Michel Bras in Laguiole instilled in him a respect for the integrity of each ingredient and a commitment to showcasing its brilliant flavours. He then moved to Durtol in the heart of Auvergne, where he began working for Maitre Cuisinier de France Bernard Andrieux who continued to reinforce the beliefs his upbringing had instilled in him. Following his time with Maître Cuisinier de France Bernard Andrieux, Julien’s culinary career took him from the French West Indies to Polynesia and then London, where he was sous chef to Antonin Bonnet at Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant, The Greenhouse. He then moved to Singapore, where he has resided since 2011 as Chef de Cuisine.