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La Barca Receives Award of Excellence

26 May 2012, SINGAPORE – La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar has received an Award Of Excellence for ‘Best New Restaurant, Western’ by The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012”. “We are so happy to be recognized in such a prestigious manner” said chef Michele Sorrentino.

“We are very proud of our efforts. We have strived to position La Barca as an upmarket, yet casual restaurant. I want everyone to be able to experience my food, so we have a fine dining menu in the evening, hearty good food for lunch at a reasonable price and family brunches on the weekends,” continued Sorrentino.

“Our menu is designed to make all of our customers happy. We have people coming from the CBD during the week for lunch, those who prefer to escape the crowded inner city and discuss work in a relaxed manner. They only have a short drive to enjoy a delicious set lunch in quiet surroundings. We have couples and groups who want a romantic dinner in the evening,  and then on the weekends we have parents who want a leisurely family meal and to enjoy a glass of wine while their children play happily in the grounds.  The new parking arrangements have pleased the customers too!” 

La Barca offers complimentary parking for guests at Block C, Goodman Arts Centre. Taxis may also drop off and pick up passengers at the same car park, which is beside the restaurant’s entrance

La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and Christopher Tung. It is situated at the Goodman Arts Centre on the East Coast of Singapore. La Barca is so called because of it’s shape, which is reminiscent of a boat. The restaurant has recently been recognised with an Award of Excellence for Best Restaurant, Western in The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012” , a supplement to The Peak Singapore magazine.

Escape for a week of gourmet food and fine wine in Tuscany with chef Christopher Tung

SINGAPORE – This May, Chef Christopher Tung will take a group of eight guests on a private culinary tour of Tuscany during the most beautiful time of the year, 6-13 May 2012, when the countryside is covered with wild flowers and the markets are overflowing with the first vegetables of spring.

“The wonderful thing about these trips is that they offer an unrivaled in-depth experience of Tuscan culinary tradition,” said Christopher Tung.  “I lived and worked as a chef in Tuscany for seven years and I love the place.  It is a real treat for me to spend a week in Tuscany with a group of travelers bringing them to my favorite restaurants, markets, farms, vineyards and secret gems, and to cook together and show them some of my favourite local recipes.”

In 2001, Christopher quit his investment banking job in New York to pursue his passion for food and wine and left on a one-way ticket to Siena, Italy.  Christopher spent seven years in Tuscany and during those years he apprenticed in the kitchen of Michele Sorrentino’s restaurant Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, and converted a medieval parsonage into the small hotel and cooking school Ankhura,  Since 2008, Christopher lives in Singapore and now runs the restaurant La Barca together with his old mentor Michele Sorrentino.

“I am really excited to bring this group to Tuscany to meet my friends and show them first-hand the essence of Italian food and the heart of Tuscan culinary tradition.  It is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Christopher.

The trip is priced at 4500 SGD per person (all-inclusive except airfare).  For more details and a complete itinerary, please write to Christopher at or phone +65 9795 2770.  An itinerary and more information on Christopher’s cooking classes can also be found at

Christopher Tung worked for seven years on Wall Street in New York before deciding to give it all up and move to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine. He soon began an apprenticeship in the kitchen of chef Michele Sorrentino and shortly thereafter acquired a derelict medieval parsonage in the Tuscan countryside, which he turned into the successful b&b and cooking school Ankhura.

Since July 2008, he lives in Singapore with his wife and three children, and has been teaching Italian cooking and organizing gourmet tours to Tuscany.