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About and Chef Kenno

Best Food Blogger in Singapore
Best Food Blogger in Singapore (**self proclaimed)

Sir Brian Kennett aka Chef Kenno is a proud Singaporean Permanent Resident, has had the privilege of meeting the legendary Anthony Bourdain alongside his friend KF Seetoh and to this day enjoys chatting with KF Seetoh, and dining at his hawker, the infamous Makansutra Gluttons Bay.

With a multicultural family blending English, Japanese, and Filipino backgrounds and five lively kids, he truly embodies the spirit of Asian living, travel, and dining. This gives Kenno an ‘authority’ on what he writes.

Is Life a Recipe does not charge for Reviews!

Beyond the shores of Singapore, Brian has a second home on the picturesque island of Bohol in the Philippines. He’s a firm believer in the mantra, ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines!’, and with his extensive travels, he knows it first-hand. He swims with turtles and Whale Sharks in his second home and is soon to build his own restaurant: Chillax Bar BQ: The Home of the Kapre.

Kenno is, The Best Food Blogger in Singapore (**self-proclaimed – man is he confident!!!). Kenno is a self-acclaimed foodie, cook, and traveler that has lived in South East Asia for 16+ years. Kenno prides himself on that the reviews are written by him, about his experiences and those of his family. No outsourced writing here. No ‘given’ text and photos for $. Plus he does not write bad reviews. He’ll openly state that the Blog is not here to put people out of business, but surely here to promote those who are great: and he doesn’t take payment for his reviews: they are honest reviews.

Recognised by Singapore’s Finest as a Top Food Blog, has the mantra of sharing with you the mouth-watering cuisines and distinctive local cultures of Singapore and Asia. You may enjoy some of the best food in the world here at any one of a variety of establishments, ranging from food stalls and hawkers to cafés and five-star restaurants, with a new gastronomic adventure waiting around every corner. And then, add to that Kenno’s travel experiences as he chomps, chews and drinks his way through South East Asia.

Kenno truly hopes that this food and travel blog will give you insights into where to travel in South East Asia, where to dine on the most incredible food, and how to cook that in your home. It’s his passion, and he hopes to impart that to you too.

Food and Travel are both such important components of our lives but Kenno believes that we take them for granted at times. 

Everything is now available ‘on-tap’. We have restaurants that serve pre-cooked, pre-packaged, frozen-not-fresh food and are open 24 hours a day. Why do we eat without thinking about what we’re eating, when we’re eating, where we’re eating, or even who we’re dining with? We miss the meals’ origins, culture, history, and regional variations.

We “fast-food” it, and bypass the neighborhood food court, street vendor, or hawker right outside our door. Is it simply that we are hesitant to taste the local cuisine because of its unpredictability or cleanliness, and are we scared to sit among the “natives”? 

Explore his collection of restaurant reviews across South East Asia, discover mouth-watering food blogs, and find the most exquisite Asian recipes crafted by his very own hands, and learn from his travels for your next well-earned break in this stunning part of the world. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast or just traveling through, this food review and travel website is your ultimate resource for all things food family, and travel-related.

Join Kenno and on his gastronomic journey through the heart of Singapore and Asia. Indulge in his recipe collection, read his food reviews, and dive into the vibrant world of food blogging in Singapore. With Is Life a Recipe, every meal becomes a culinary adventure.

As a poet once said: “Eating and dining is a communal activity that is central to our social lives, both within the family and beyond. It is over the dinner table that memories are made. Deals are conducted. Pain is shared… We romance, bond, fight and celebrate…”

Thanks to: I owe a great debt of gratitude to my mother and grandmother for instilling confidence in me in the kitchen from a young age. My love and gratitude go to my wife and children for their unwavering support, and to my friends for allowing me to experiment with them on a regular basis. And, of course, my business partner, Spencer. “One day we’ll be millionaires…”

Chef Kenno’s credentials...

  1. Kenno prides himself on being potentially one of the only Singapore food bloggers who have actually walked the walk not just talked the talk and used others to write the talking for them,
  2. Now recognised as a media partner for many, and actively writing for The High Commissioners and Trade Ambassadors of: Great Britain, Mexico, Spain, Italy and the Philippines,
  3. Kenno:

Is Life a Recipe? Kenno thinks it is…ENJOY!!!

Kenno’s Restaurant Reviews

Recognized as one of Singapore’s premier food blogs, Is Life a Recipe is your gateway to discovering the delectable world of cuisines and unique local flavors from Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other, savoring some of the finest dishes in the world. Whether you’re indulging in mouth-watering slices at a cozy pizza joint, exploring the rich flavors of Chinese cuisine, sipping margaritas at a vibrant Mexican eatery, savoring authentic Italian pasta, delighting in aromatic Thai dishes, relishing the spices of Indian curries, enjoying fresh sushi rolls at a Japanese sushi bar, or reveling in the smoky goodness of BBQ, Kenno has got your cravings covered.

Kenno’s mission is to guide you to the hidden gems and culinary delights scattered throughout the region. But, Kenno is not just about restaurants; he’s your trusted source for honest and insightful food reviews. Discover the best spots for pizza, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese, BBQ, sushi, and burgers. Plus, he’ll take you on a taste adventure to explore Filipino restaurants, where you can experience the flavors of the Philippines

And as you indulge in these culinary wonders, Kenno will also share his exciting travel experiences throughout Asia. Join him as he chomps, chews, and boozes his way through this vibrant part of the world. Get ready to uncover the secrets of exquisite dining and unforgettable travel experiences, all here at

Kenno’s Hawker Reviews

This Singapore Food Blog is a mix of Kenno’s own recipes, travels, family fun, restaurant, and hawker reviews.

It’s an eclectic blend of East meets West fusion from Kenno’s travels to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines,  Malaysia,  Indonesia,  Hong Kong, India, Japan and many more beyond. During the hard times of Covid, Kenno supported the local hawker communities writing blogs to attract new customers and keep their doors open.

Kenno’s Hawker reviews section is a harmonious blend of East-meets-West fusion inspired by street food journeys to captivating destinations like CambodiaThailandVietnam, the PhilippinesMalaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and many more. Even beyond Singaporean borders, the quest for exquisite flavors continues for Kenno.

Explore the world of gastronomy and uncover the hidden treasures of hawker delights. Whether you’re seeking the best hawker food in Singapore, looking for hawker center reviews, or discovering top hawker stalls in your chosen location, you’ve come to the right place.

Kenno’s hawker food blog is your ultimate guide, offering recommendations, foodie reviews, and insights into local hawker dishes. Don’t miss out on must-try hawker stalls, and let Kenno take you on a delectable journey through the heart of culinary excellence.

Kenno’s Travel Reviews

Discover Family-Friendly Activities in Singapore and Beyond
Are you a resident of Singapore looking for exciting family adventures or a traveler passing through this vibrant city-state with your kids? Look no further; Kenno is here to guide you to the best family-friendly activities that will make your time in Singapore truly memorable.

Kenno has curated this page to provide you with an ever-growing list of fun things to do with your family and kids. Whether you’re planning your next weekend as a family or seeking inspiration for your next trip, Kenno’s recommendations have got you covered. And as a father of five kids, he should know!!!

This resource became invaluable during the challenging months of the Covid pandemic when he, too, was locked down in Singapore. Like you, Kenno is determined to keep his kids entertained while exploring the city. Now, he’s excited to share these experiences with you in the hopes that they will help make your family outings as enjoyable as possible.

Explore Family Adventures in Singapore and Beyond:

  1. Family-Friendly Activities in Singapore: Discover a wide range of exciting attractions and entertainmentoptions that are perfect for families in Singapore.
  2. Things to Do in Singapore with Kids: Get a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities, from parks and museums to themedattractions and more.
  3. Family Travel Inspiration in Singapore: Find inspiration for your family travels right here in Singapore. Uncover hidden gems and popular destinations suitable for all ages.
  4. Singapore Family Weekend Guide: Plan a memorable weekend with our guide to family-friendly spots and activities in the city.
  5. Entertaining Kids in Singapore: Learn about the best ways to keep your kids entertained in Singapore, rain or shine.
  6. Traveling with Kids in Southeast Asia: Looking to explore beyond Singapore? We’ve got travel tips and destination recommendations for families venturing into Southeast Asia.
  7. Family-Friendly Destinations in Asia: Dive into our list of family-friendly destinations across Asia, from cultural experiences to beach getaways.
  8. Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Asia: Explore Asia’s top destinations that cater to the needs and interests of young travelers.
  9. Fun Family Activities in Cambodia: If you’re planning a trip to Cambodia, discover the most enjoyable family activities to include in your itinerary.
  10. Travel Tips for Families in Japan: Prepare for a family adventure in Japan with our travel tips and advice tailored to families.

Kenno is dedicated to making your family outings and trips as enjoyable as possible. Explore the rich tapestry of family-friendly activities, destinations, and travel tips right here. Whether you’re in Singapore or venturing across Asia, Kenno has the information you need to create lasting memories with your loved ones: drop him a WhatsApp at +65 9724 6236.

Kenno’s Recipes

Recipes from a Master Chef (nearly) – Kenno’s Culinary Journey: Award-Winning Recipes, BBQ Delights, and More
When it comes to crafting mouth-watering recipes, Kenno has earned numerous cooking accolades that set his Singapore Food Blog apart. Kenno doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk, demonstrating his culinary prowess through a series of remarkable achievements.

  1. BBQ Recipe Ideas:Kenno is founder of ChillaxBBQ, a Chef’s Table-style BBQ service that brings the finest BBQ dining right to your home. Explore his collection of BBQ recipe ideas that are sure to elevate your outdoor dining experience,
  2. ChillaxBBQ is soon to expand cross-border to his second home in the Philippines, with his first restaurant, coined: Chillax Bar BQ: Home of the Kapre. Playing on the fact that it is built into a haunted tree (Filipino folk-lore),
  3. Thai Laab Gai Pizza Recipe:Kenno’s culinary journey reached new heights when he won a Jamie Oliver cooking competition, earning his Thai Laab Gai Pizza a coveted spot on Jamie’s Specials Menu in Singapore. Discover the delicious details of this winning recipe.
  4. Cookbook for Charity:Kenno’s passion extends beyond the kitchen. He self-published a cookbook, filled with delectable recipes, with the noble purpose of raising funds for charities in Cambodia. Explore the heart-warming stories behind these recipes with a cause.
  5. Kilo Under Pressure Restaurant:In a daring move, Kenno took the reins of Kilo Under Pressure, a renowned restaurant, as Head Chef for a memorable night. Uncover the thrilling culinary adventure and creations that unfolded during his takeover.
  6. MasterChef Series III Singapore 2022:In the year 2022, Kenno made history by becoming the first Ang Mo (foreigner) ever to compete on MasterChef Singapore in Series 3. It was a humbling experience for him to stand alongside some of the best home Chefs in Singapore. Kenno even faced an elimination round, where he had to conquer his culinary nemesis – FISH – as the core ingredient. Learn more about his journey on this prestigious cooking show.
  7. Cooking with Fish Recipes:Dive into the Kenno culinary repertoire as he shares his experiences and recipes for cooking with fish dispute the fact he hates seafood, a challenge he overcame with grace on MasterChef Singapore.
  8. CNA Radio Restaurant Review Interviews:Kenno’s’s culinary adventures didn’t stop there. He also makes frequent appearances on CNA 938 Radio with hosts Lance and Daniel, sharing his passion for restaurants across Singapore and the remarkable stories behind his recommendations.

Join Kenno on his culinary journey that spans from BBQ delights to international acclaim, charity-driven recipes, and thrilling TV appearances. Explore Kenno’s world of cooking and discover what makes his recipes truly exceptional.

He hopes you dig Is Life a Recipe, his little Food and Travel Blog! ENJOY!!!

Brian Kennett Semi Naked Chef

Brian “Kenno” Kennett, a Singaporean Permanent Resident with a rich multicultural heritage, stands as a beacon of Asian living, travel, and dining. Celebrated for his encounters with culinary legends and his vibrant food blog,

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