G Talk Singapore: Shawn Kishore From 'Kopi-Kia' to Entrepreneur

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Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar

200 Middle Road

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Shawn Kishore: From 'Kopi-Kia' to Entrepreneur

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With his signature charming personality and "never say die" attitude, Shawn Kishore is the mastermind behind The Salted Plum and Pasta Supremo. Since his first foray into F&B at an early age, this true-blue foodie has founded two successful concepts, with one more along the way.

Expect a colourful session as Shawn shares it all with plenty of banter.

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Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar

Ginett is a bistro-style restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Singapore’s Arts District. A go-to destination for guests looking for a relaxed yet buzzy escape, it is the ideal spot to mix, mingle and make new friends in the city. The cosy venue serves more than 90 labels of French wines by the glass starting at $6/glass. Hearty European favourites, quick and easy set lunches and high quality weekend brunches are all part of Ginett’s wide-ranging offer, making it a memorable and accessible experience for everyone.

Feel free to order a wine and some light bites during this talk!

About Shawn Kishore

Always pushing the envelope with his culinary adventures, Shawn’s personal goal is to make “atas (high end) food accessible” for the masses without sacrificing its integrity and quality. This gung-ho restaurateur is hands-on with every aspect of his business, as he plays a part in conceptualisation, brand and menu development, staff management, and can even be spotted helping out with lunch service when the restaurant is really smashing.

Shawn had his first taste of the F&B industry at just eight years old, as a “kopi kia” (coffee boy or restaurant server) at a local kopitiam. He personally witnessed, at a tender age, how food has the power to connect families and rekindle memories. This inspired Shawn to offer F&B concepts that provide customers with unique experiences. A true-blue Singaporean of mixed Chinese and Indian heritage, Shawn is fluent in English, Mandarin and Hokkien, and is equally multi-faceted when it comes to his enjoyment of food. His trips across Asia, specifically Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand further solidified his love of street-food-style dishes.

His passion for Taiwanese street food is manifested in The Salted Plum, a popular Taiwanese zi char (home-style cooking) restaurant on Circular Road. Opened in early 2018, the casual eatery serves up a plethora of contemporary Taiwanese street-food-style dishes such as Burnt Chilli Chicken, Taiwanese Sausage Patties, Oyster Omelette and Baby Prawns in Salted Egg Yolk, available from $5 to $15.

Pasta Supremo features first-in-Singapore fresh pasta creations that are customisable, full of flavour and affordable; starring quirky house-made ingredients such as Bak Kwa Jam, Lap Cheong Bits, Burnt Miso Corn and Spiced Chicken Skins – the pasta-bilities are endless!

In part due to his humble upbringing, Shawn firmly believes in the importance of hard work and self-awareness. With his can-do attitude, this kick-ass boss leads his talented team with empathy and always empowers them to make decisions. He embraces each day positively and rolls with the punches, reminding himself that each challenge “is but a flesh wound”.

Charismatic and down-to-earth, Shawn loves travelling and food-hunting in his free time. Constantly checking items off from his bucket list, this foodie is willing to try anything new at least once – be it chicken sashimi, shirako (milt) or pig brains for breakfast! Presently Shawn owns and operates The Salted Plum, a Taiwan-inspired restaurant as well as Pasta Supremo at Suntec City, while new ideas constantly brew in his head.

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