“I was looking to update Chinese royal flower cuisine for the modern world, without compromising its flavour and health benefits,” says Chef Stan Lee. “The result is Camellia, where diners can enjoy all the goodness of flower cuisine without paying a princely sum.”
Flower cuisine is deeply entwined with Chinese nobility, with emperors and empresses benefiting from its restorative properties. Flower wine was served in the imperial palace during the reign of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty. During the Tang Dynasty, It is said that Empress Wu Zetian would eat feasts where flowers were used as ingredients. And Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty would enjoy dishes made of chrysanthemum, lotus and yulan mangnolia.
Camellia is a contemporary Chinese Bistro situated in the north-east of Singapore. Inspired by the flower of the same name, Camellia looks to bring healthy dining to Singaporeans. Helmed by award winning Chef Stan Lee, Camellia’s distinctive menu draws inspiration from storied Chinese flower cuisine, updated with a modern take, in a homely setting.
About Chef Stan Lee
Camellia promises a multi-sensory gastronomic journey that is both healthy and nourishing. Studies have proven that edible flowers are high in compounds which have anti-inflammatory compounds and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
About Chef Stan Lee
Chef Stan Lee’s professional culinary career began at age 17, where he started as a food runner, before subsequently becoming a cook. The experience gave him first-hand exposure to the world of F&B, allowing him to develop an insight as to how successful F&B outlets are run.
Along the way, Stan has also picked up numerous accolades and awards for his excellence in culinary craft. Since 2008, Stan has shared the knowledge he has gathered over the years as an F&B consultant, driven by the same curiosity and passion he had when he first started out.