Naked Finn has been my life since November 2012 but the beginnings hark back to the latter part of Klee, when I started to cook seafood behind the bar counter with just an electric grill. Back then, it was known within my inner circle as The Naked Finn Project. But with the appearance of a short-lived seafood restaurant in Ion, The Nautilus Project in 2009, I decided to drop "Project" from the final name.
We progressed from "less is only more" as the base of our approach, to adopting "less, but better", charted our evolution from a plastic shack to our current location within Gillman Barracks. Our obsessive fascination in chasing after species became the perfect markers of this timeline.
So what is next for us? Is it all about discovering new species to introduce to our diners? With a vocabulary of more than 267 species to date, can we do more than just cooking?
My Head Chef, Fong, and I have been deliberating over this for a while now. We acknowledge that perhaps we have taken Naked Finn as far as we could. Time for us to evolve again, or maybe, time for a revolution. For me, it is the right time to pass on the creative role to someone younger, better.
In Marcus Leow, I have found a young chef who cares about seafood as much as I do. He has an inquisitive spirit and most critically, technical competency that I lack. The perfect person to take on the creative role.
Starting from today, Marcus will lead Naked Finn forward. Naked Finn will still be a seafood-focused restaurant... staying true to our core beliefs. Anything else, it is up to Marcus’ interpretation. Fong and I will still be around, hanging out at our newly created space for experiment in Naked Finn, with renewed excitement and anticipation.
Looking forward to welcoming you back to the new Naked Finn.