A graduate from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in Hospitality Management, Nixon found his passion in the kitchens when he chose to be attached to The Scarlet Hotel as an apprentice. The hours did not seem long to him although he was working at least 14 hours every day at the age of 20.
Nixon left National Service as an Artillery Battery Sergeant Major, with awards such as Best trainee, Best Knowledge and Awarded “The Golden Bayonet”; a leadership prestige that only the best specialist can attain. When Nixon was presented with an offer to run his kitchens and showcase his concept and philosophy, he seized the opportunity and was employed in Crescendas Hospitality Management as a Head Chef at the age of 27.
During concept planning and development, Nixon believes that there is a need to expose the art of food and dining experiences to the masses. This is because fine dining is only affordable to individuals with higher spending power or enjoyed during special occasions.
Nixon is currently the Executive Chef of Portico Restaurant Singapore. He oversees the entire kitchen operations as well as new projects and development. Portico serves unpretentious comfort food yet picture perfect for food photography lovers. It also houses a number of functions, including weddings, product launches and outside caterings. Portico has also a bar tasting concept where guests dine by the bar are not presented the menu and it requires 3 days reservation in advance. The Chef will cook and finish the dishes in front of the guests. The dishes prepared in this concept are much more complex and the level of finesse is way higher then what is served in the restaurant. The team in Portico is very much fine dining based, this satisfies their hunger to showcase their ideas to guests. Portico is also preparing herself for a new outlet in Dempsey Hill which is called Portico Prime.
In November 2013, Nixon served as Team Captain to Dubai World Hospitality Championship. The team did Singapore proud when they beat 11 other countries (including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, UAE, USA, and Wales) and brought home the championship. Nixon was also part of the National team that clinched defending world champion at the Luxembourg Expogast in December 2014.