Julien Royer is a famous French chef. Born into a fourth-generation family of farmers in Cantal, France, he spent his childhood picking and harvesting crops in his family’s backyards. It cultivated an appreciation for all that Mother Nature had to offer. He grew up in a region known for its rich culinary traditions.
After completing his culinary training in France, Royer worked in top restaurants in Europe, including La Maison Troisgros and L’Ambroisie. In 2010, Royer moved to Singapore where he became a chef at the award-winning restaurant JAAN.
In 2015, Royer left JAAN to open his own restaurant, Odette, which is named after his grandmother. Odette has quickly become one of Singapore’s most acclaimed restaurants, located in the iconic National Gallery Singapore.
Royer’s culinary style is characterized by the use of high-quality seasonal ingredients and an emphasis on simplicity and balance in his dishes. He often incorporates elements of Asian cuisine into his French cuisine, creating a unique fusion of flavors and techniques. Driven by a lifelong respect for seasonality, terroir and artisanal products, Julien has spent years building lasting relationships with some of the world’s best boutique producers, taking pride in offering guests the unique opportunity to sample exceptional ingredients at their peak.
In addition to being the chef and owner of Odette, he is the chef of Claudine as well as the founder of Louise, a French bistronomy style restaurant in Hong Kong. Julien has gained worldwide recognition for his fresh take on French cuisine. As a restaurateur he is proud to nurture the next generation of talent, providing people with a platform on which to shine.