A spokesperson confirmed that Hwee had moved on to “pursue other projects” and said the group “wished him the best in his endeavours”.
Hwee joined Hakkasan in 2001 at the request of co-founder Alan Yau and was appointed executive head chef of Hakkasan Hanway Place, which would go on to become the first Chinese restaurant in the UK to win a Michelin star in 2003.
He was later appointed executive head chef for all restaurants within the Hakkasan Group.
Andrew Yeo, who previously served as executive chef of The Miami Beach EDITION hotel, is to replace Hwee as Hakkasan’s corporate executive chef.
He will be responsible for overseeing the culinary direction of the group’s Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Ling Ling brands globally.
Founded in 2001, Hakkasan operates 12 restaurants around the world located in the United States, Middle East, India, Asia and Europe.
Last month the group confirmed it was to end its management contracts with six Las Vegas bar and restaurant sites in order to focus on developing new dining concepts worldwide.