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Meet 6 Women Who Are Rising Stars in Singapore’s Food Scene

In an industry that is largely male-dominated, being a female in F&B requires grit – in spades.

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    Quek Sue-Shan, founder, SPRMRKT

    Not many first-time restaurateurs would dive headfirst into a three-in-one concept that comprises a restaurant, retail and art. But Quek Sue-Shan’s vision for SPRMRKT was to redefine the supermarket and restaurant experience. Together with her partner, executive chef Joseph Yeo, the pair launched SPRMRKT in McCallum Street in 2012 after planning for five years. Though Quek recalls how people would walk right past the shop, or ask if they were new even after a year in, those days are over. Earlier this year, SPRMRKT won the bid to work with STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, thanks to their similar focus on art. This two-storey outlet at Robertson Quay features a casual deli’s concept on the first floor, and a spiffier kitchen and bar that dishes out modern cuisine woven with local ingredients on the upper floor.

    “The F&B industry might be filled with more men, but I have no qualms dealing with them. I happen to think I’m quite a tomboy,” jokes Quek. “It’s not necessarily more challenging being a girl either, because this industry is all about commitment.” The 36-year-old is also working on revamping Kite, the group’s comfort food-tapas concept in Craig Road. After the makeover, Kite will be a contemporary Asian restaurant.

    Silk dress, from Carven.

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All tableware from Crate & Barrel.

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