Our Team

Our Legacy
The 3 Michelin Star Les Amis made her maiden debut back in 1994 as Singapore’s first independent fine dining restaurant.
Les Amis, the French translation of ‘Friends’, was founded by a few like-minded friends who share a love and appreciation for French culture and cuisine. This common love they shared speared the founders to open Singapore’s first independent fine dining restaurant, fashion based on the standards they experienced at the top restaurants in France. This led to the birth of Les Amis in 15 March 1994.
The restaurant's uncompromising dedication to delivering a memorable dining experience has earned them numerous awards and recognition from guests and media alike. Today, Les Amis is now the only restaurant in Asia with the coveted “Three Pillars”, covering the three main aspects of any dining experience -
3 Michelin Stars (Food), 5 Stars by Forbes Travel Guide (Service) and Grand Award by Wine Spectator (Wine).
The Les Amis Way
Les Amis believes that excellent food and personalized service is a team effort. Both elements carry equal weightage in crafting a unique and memorable dining experience for their guests.
The team does not purely strives to give guests a “taste of France”. Instead, with a team of in-house Masters, they hope to paint an entire picture of France by relating personal stories about the intricacies of key ingredients which goes beyond just a cursory explanation of provenance and taste profiles.
Sebastien Lepinoy
Director of Culinary and Operations
Armed with a wealth of knowledge and technical skills, the 3 Michelin Star Chef Sebastien has built up a remarkable career of being able to transform restaurants and their team into notable award-winning establishments.
Chef Lepinoy’s collection of recipes features a plethora of prized seasonal ingredients sourced from all over France. All his dishes are prepared with finesse and a high level of technicality, displaying true mastery of French gastronomy.
Often positioned as the guardian of the French Culinary Arts in Asia, Chef Sebastien is an individual that is dedicated to preserving and passing on the mastery of French gastronomy to budding cooks and chefs. Thus, Chef Sebastien makes it his mission to nurture and mentor talent in the hospitality scene. Many of his protégés have gone on to work in internationally renowned restaurants all over the world.
Herve Pennequin
GM & Wine Director
Herve Pennequin has built up an industrious career since he entered the hospitality industry in 1988. From being awarded the title of Best Young Sommelier of France in 1989 to being ranked 3rd Best Sommelier of the World by the Association de la Sommeliere Internationale (ASI) in 2004, Herve has been making waves in the Food & Beverage arena for decades. His awards and contributions for representing the French agricultural merits internationally were recongised by the French government in 2014, when he was presented with the title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite Agricole”.
Herves’ knowledge and experience extend far beyond the field of wines. Over the years, he has displayed an excellent understanding of managing a business wherever he sets foot. In 2022, Chef Sebastien Lepinoy invited Herve to join Les Amis Restaurant, to take on the reins as General Manager and Wine Director. Task with a mission to assist Chef Sebastien to bring Les Amis to greater heights, the duo will continue to develop the team in order to create exquisite dining experiences for their guests.