Cuc Lam is out as executive chef of SING, per multiple sources. The Chronicle was first on it.
SING, a partnership between Lasco Enterprises and Lam, opened in October on 18th Street near Shepherd, next to Snooze: An A.M. Eatery. The menu specializes in Singaporean cuisine, which takes its cues from multiple cultures. Lam showed to be adept in executing the myriad flavors in a cohesive, focused way, especially in a hearty chicken tikka masala and two-alarm pad krapow moo, a pork and green bean dish with dried chilis.
When reached, Lam said the decision was hers, and that she wishes the restaurant the best of luck.
The space is small and recently caught quite a bit of buzz thanks to some year-end lists. It'll keep going with Eileen Lopez taking over as executive chef. Previously she was executive chef at a P.F. Chang's China Bistro location.
"SING and Cuc Lam have parted ways," said Jerry Lasco in a statement. "Cuc is a talented and wonderful lady. We all wish her the very best in her future endeavors."
It's not uncommon for an executive chef to leave a kitchen a few months after launching a concept. For example, last year J.D. Woodward left La Vista 101 before teaming up with Michael Sambrooks to run the newly acquired Star Fish.