Chef Michael Gremer joined The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore as Executive Chef in October 2017. Taking on the management and inner workings of nine food and beverage establishments was a task Chef Gremer took to with ease.
Just prior to his uprooting to Singapore, he had spent many accomplished years in Malaysia, first as Director of Kitchens at The Westin Kuala Lumpur, then as Executive Chef of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, where he oversaw 12 dining venues and 169 kitchen associates.Chef Gremer’s versatility in the culinary arts is gleaned from a worldwide career that has spanned over 20 years in Asia. He has his finger on the pulse of the ever-changing cultural diversity and is acutely attuned to the local palate.
Born in Franconia, Germany, where he got his first foray into fine dining operations by completing a full apprenticeship at the tender age of 17, Chef Gremer went on to be versed in German and French cuisine as he developed menus for the discerning clientele of Hotel Tonihof and Restaurant Casino Stube Alpenhof. He then assumed the Garde Manger post in 1989 at the Post Hotel Garmisch Partenkirchen, a deluxe five star boutique hotel that was housed in a 500-year-old landmark building. The siren call of a foreign land rang shortly after and Chef Gremer found himself wearing the toque of Second Cook at The Private Club & Palace Arms Fine Dining Room in Brown Palace Hotel Colorado, Denver’s most prestigious dining venue. Already adept at developing exclusive menus, Chef Gremer continued to go above and beyond for his high profile members and their events.
Australia was next on the cards. When Chef Gremer was Chef De Partie at Crusoe’s Seafood Restaurant, the establishment was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant in Perth. Here, Chef Gremer extended his repertoire to include the fresh unadulterated flavours of Down Under coupled with Asian influences. The Portman Shangri-La Shanghai beckoned next, where Chef Gremer got further insights into Asian cooking. This all paved the path for his move to Malaysia, where he would spend the next few years, interspersed with travels and culinary stints in Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta and Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei. Chef Gremer eventually returned to Malaysia in 2015 as Executive Chef of Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. By then, he had been tasked with the full executive scope of creative menus and concepts, kitchen planning and organisation, purchasing, inventory, cost control and operational profitability. Between all that, he also managed the time to hone young talent and ensured young local chefs gained cross exposure and invaluable experiences within the Shangri-La Hotel group.
As the Executive Chef of The Fullerton Hotel and The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Chef Gremer now helms an outstanding award-winning culinary team, as well as banquet and catering events. Chef Gremer takes pride in his work and contributes his talents through the array of cuisines available at both hotels – ranging from international buffets at The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant, authentic Italian cuisine at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, Chinese cuisine at Jade, and French bistro favourites at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s La Brasserie. He has had the privilege to work with many acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs such as Alfredo Russo throughout his time in the culinary circuit, and is no stranger to elaborate culinary events, whether important delegations or large scale conferences such as the World Economic Forum in ASEAN 2016 or KL City’s Grand Prix 2015. He has attended to prominent world leaders and international artistes, with poise and assured composure alike. Stoic and hardworking, Chef Gremer is fluent in German and English. In his spare time, he enjoys the arts and travel, and boasts a passport as colourful as his portfolio.