Have you heard about the new "it" cafe at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard (http://www.cineleisure.com.sg/)?

Eighteen Chefs

is the latest addition to the youth hangout mall, with their posters plastered on the walls, escalators and even lifts of the mall!

I'll be honest with you here - I am a mountain tortoise. I've never heard of this famous Eighteen Chefs or Chef Benny before it opened at my "second home". You could say that I was pretty skeptical yet excited to put them to my taste test at a specially arranged food tasting together with the Cineleisure's Next Online Sensation 2 (#CNOS2) peeps a few weeks ago!

Eighteen Chefs was founded by Chef Benny Se Teo in 2007. It is a social enterprise which employs and trains delinquents and drug offenders, because Chef Benny himself was a former drug addict. He hopes to inspire youths-at-risk to find alternative and positive ways of integrating into society.

Did you know? He was the FIRST Singaporean to be trained at Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Fifteen. Now, that's something huge and I am tremendously jealous!

This is the first time I am dining at the cafe. I love the loud music and youthful atmosphere of the place, especially the doodles on the wall! It is a fantastic place to chill with friends or have a date even.

Knowing that there's no 10% service charge here, I love it already!

As I was the earliest to arrive, meeting Chef Benny for the first time was a bit overwhelming. I was lost for words and stared at him blankly because he was huge in size. But behind that tough front, lies an extremely friendly guy that took me by surprise!

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We were there in the morning, so we had the permission to tour around the kitchen to see the action that goes on behind as they prepare for the day!

Are you curious about how they make their 64 Degrees Egg? Watch my video at the end of this post to find out!

Had the exclusive opportunity to cook Aglio Olio in the kitchen! But I am a cooking noob so.... Hahahahaha! But good effort *pats myself on the back*

Le 3 of us CNOS2 winners cooked our own versions! Heng ah, still edible and nobody got diarrhea ;P

Homemade Ice Lemon Tea

With the right sweetness, this drink was an addiction!

Garlic Bread

Literally. Not a fan of garlic, so I gave that a skip and had the bread only. What caught my eye in the first place was actually the plate. It definitely brought back some memories as my grandparents used to have them!

This dish was pretty unique because it wasn't your usual type of Garlic Bread where you could spread the paste. The crunchy crisp taste was evident that this was served fresh out of the oven!

64 Degrees Egg

You're supposed to eat this by slurping it using a straw. I wasn't aware of that, so I just swallowed the entire egg =.= Even so, this egg is cooked at specifically 64 degrees, thus the name. It had a runny texture similar to hard boiled egg, but was slightly softer in terms of texture.

Heart Attack Fried Rice

I strongly recommend this!

This one we had was the 400g of New York steak, meant for 2 person. There's also a 200g portion for 1! This dish is one of Eighteen Chef's signature dishes, dedicated to Chef Benny's late mum. No wonder these was a homely feel to it. I loved the meat, it was done just right for my taste. Also, the juice of the beef and black sauce is soaked into the rice, making it extra fragrant and irresistible!

Black Beauty

Delicious homemade brownie with 2 scoops of ice cream is one you should look out for when your sweet tooth is craving for a bite! The brownie was warm and moist. Drizzled with chocolate sauce, it was a good combination with the ice cream.

Raspberries and Vanilla Ice Cream

I didn't taste much of this, but just a spoonful of it made one thing for sure - I LOVED the raspberry sauce that goes well with the vanilla ice cream! This dessert was a good mix of something sweet, sour and plain. The waffle was soft yet still holds the crunchiness to it.

Just Chocolate in a Jar

This dessert was definitely a head-turner. It was colourful, and it comes in a cute jar. Definitely screams unique! Fans of chocolates would love this. Even though I am one, but I found the chocolatey taste too overpowering and sweet. It's worth a try though!

Calling all students! At Eighteen Chefs, there's a $6.40 Student Privilege that anyone can afford! Choose between Pasta or Cheese Baked Rice and you'll get Lemon Tea + Ice Cream!

Had a short interview with Chef Benny. Not his exact words (don't take me too seriously if I wrote anything wrong T^T), but close enough!

Why the name Eighteen Chefs?
-  The gangs in Singapore go by numbers. 18 adds up to the sum of a active local gang. I want to create a place for people who got out of prison and delinquents, because the society DO judge these people. I started Eighteen Chefs in hopes to challenge them to be chefs, get them a job, train these people and get them back to society. They don't have to be a gangster, they can be a chef.

How did Eighteen Chefs started?
- I love to eat, so naturally I became a chef. I remember in 1999, I went to Turkey to build a tent to cook for the people there. From there, I found my passion for cooking as people told me I was good in it. My life changed when I trained under Jamie Oliver.

What is your favourite item on the menu?
- Cheese Baked Rice and Heart Attack Fried Rice.

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Watch as I video down the behind-the-scene footages and interviews! You definitely wouldn't want to miss it

Eighteen Chefs
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road
Tel: 6736 3800


  1. Visited them, and I love customizing my food! though I didn't try it, but the heart attack fried rice pic you took, looks pretty appetizing :P