Chris Yeo

Chris Yeo is the chef/owner and founder of Straits Restaurants. He was one of the first restauranteurs to bring authentic Singaporean fare to the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris co-wrote The Cooking of Singapore: Great Dishes from Asia's Culinary Crossroads (1993).


Upon graduating from the Singapore Hotel and Catering School, Chris Yeo went to work at the Mandarin Hotel. However, he became disillusioned with the hospitality industry after two years and moved to London to start over as a hairstylist working under Vidal Sassoon in the 1970s. Chris emigrated to the States a decade later and started his hair studio in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. While he was a successful stylist, Chris realized his love of entertaining and creating food was his true passion. In 1987, Chris opened Straits named after The Strait of Malacca which separates Singapore from Indonesia. Diners and reviewers were instantly wowed by his contemporary, meticulously executed dishes full of bold, crave-worthy flavors. He eventually expanded to six locations, from the Bay Area to Houston and Atlanta. In 2005, Chris launched another dining concept, SINO Restaurant + Lounge, his modernist interpretation of Cantonese fusion cuisine set against an elegantly designed interior reminiscent of sultry 1930s Shanghai.


Chris received his formal culinary training at the Singapore Hotel and Catering School.

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