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									   Issue 30
Aug - Sept 2007
                                                        Hot Off The Press!
                                            Student of the Month|Industry Movements|News|Events |Job opportunities




                  Singapore Chefs Association August - September 2007 Newsletter,

                  Dear Culinarians,

                  As we embark on the second half of 2007, let’s take a breather and look at the major happenings in
                  our Lion City of Singapore. There was the building of The Singapore Flyer, built to provide
                  breathtaking, panoramic views of Singapore and beyond, followed by the buzz about the US$3.6 billion
                  Integrated Resorts in Marina Bay, and Resorts World at Sentosa officially commencing development on
                  1st March 2007. We witnessed our first National Day on The Floating Stadium, following which the
                  Nation saw the fireworks display from out-of-this-world a week after.

                  The world’s first commercial A380 flight from Singapore Airlines takes off in late October to Sydney
                  with all proceeds donated to the Charity.

                  In this issue, we will introduce many new appointments and industry movements in and around Asia.
                  Who knows, you may have crossed paths with them!

                  You will find plenty of competition pictures from the recent Food and Hotel, Malaysia (FHM) held in
                  Kuala Lumpur.

                  Over in Christchurch ~ New Zealand, 5 Teams gathered on Thursday July 12th for the Regional Final of
                  the Global Chef competition. The preparation for this competition had been on going since the WACS
                  Congress which was also held in New Zealand in March 2006. This competition was the brain-child of
                  WACS President Ferdinand Metz (USA) and it is designed to see who the best chef in the world is.

                  There is also a write-up from Eric Low, Research and Development Chef from Nestle Singapore, giving
                  us an insight to the Charity Gala Dinner for the Independent Women’s Forum~10th Anniversary in
                  support of the Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS). The Singapore Chefs Association
                  (SCA) was invited to cook for this symbolic event and was supported with generous sponsorships from
                  its corporate members of the food industry. Guest of Honour was MM Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs. Lee.

                  Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity thank all fellow Culinarians for supporting this website since
                  I took over as Web Administrator.

                  As I will be moving out of Singapore to venture overseas come this October, there will be a new Web
                  Administrator taking over my role. Please continue to give your fullest support to this website as there
                  will be more interesting issues to come and many other exciting topics to share.

                  Cheers and enjoy this issue!

                  Culinary Regards
                  Jason Ong
Student of the Month


This month we feature....

Balakumaran Kavindapadi Chidamparam




The at-sunrice Student Hall of Fame is an academy initiative to recognize outstanding students. This
recognition is awarded on a monthly basis. The criteria for this award includes an average
grade of B+ and above, active class participation, a first class attitude towards assignments
and project work, and glowing testimonials from chef instructors and mentor chefs.
Candidates may be nominated by chef instructors, mentor chefs and members of at-sunrice staff.

                               Be an at-sunrice Student of The Month NOW!


Balakumaran is very courteous, organized and can work well in a team.
Xihong, Chef Instructor, at-sunrice

Balakumaran is a quiet and hardworking student. He is able to work well with little
supervision.
Wilson Tay, Chef Instructor, at-sunrice




Industry Movements




                •   Fernando Gibaja ~ He has "left" Ritz-Carlton after twelve years to become the
             General Manager of Fiesta American’s Grand Aqua Cancun. He most recently served as
Executive Assistant Manager Food and Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore following a
           stint in the same position at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.


            •   Pradeep Raman ~ He has been promoted to Manager of Food and Beverage at the
            Peninsula Chicago. He joined the property in 2003 as Lobby Manager and, after a stint at
            the Peninsula Hong Kong as Assistant Manager Food and Beverage, returned to Chicago
            in the position of Assistant Director of Food and Beverage.


• Max Binda ~ He is the new Assistant Director of Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. He was
most recently the Front Office Manager at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.
                          •   Ms Jennie Chua ~ Cornell graduate Ms Jennie Chua has been
                            promoted by Singapore’s Capital Land Group to President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Ascott Group, the largest international serviced residence owner-operator
outside the United States with over 19,500 serviced residence units in key cities of Asia Pacific,
Europe and the Gulf region. For the past four years, Ms Chua had been the President and Chief
Executive Officer of Raffles Holdings Limited, another subsidiary of Capital Land. She also served
several years as General Manager of Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel.


•   Henry Gray ~ He has joined Six Senses Resorts and Spas as Area General Manager, overseeing
the Evason Phuket and the Evason Hideaway at Yao Noi. Gray’s most recent role was that of General
Manager of Udaivilas for Oberoi. That followed more than twelve years with Amanresorts, notably as
Co-General Manager of Mahakua and Amandari with wife Char Gray.


•  Thomas Meier ~ He has been named Vice President, Operations for Raffles Hotels and Resorts in
Singapore. A Lausanne graduate, Meier joined the company in 2000. He has previously served as the
Hotel Manager/General Manager at Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, before moving to
Singapore where he eventually assumed the position of General Manager at Raffles The Plaza, as well
as Area General Manager for the company.


•  Bruno Cristol ~ He has been promoted by Shangri-La to General Manager of the Shangri-La
Marina in Cairns, from the position of Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Sydney (the former ANA).
Cristol originally joined Shangri-La as Director of Food and Beverage at the Shangri-La Kowloon. He
had joined from a stint at the Carlton InterContinental in Cannes, following ten years with Hyatt
International in Australia.


• Siegwald Bierbaumer ~ Also at Shangri-La, Siegwald Bierbaumer has been appointed General
Manager of the Traders Yangon. He had origjnally joined the group in 1992 as Executive Chef of the
Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort in Penang.



• Richard Saul ~ He has been appointed General Manager of the JW Marriott Jakarta, replacing
Greg Allan who has taken up his new assignment at the Singapore Marriott. He was most recently the
General Manager at the Renaissance Harbour View in Hong Kong.




                          • Yngvar Stray ~ The soon-to-open St. Regis Singapore has appointed
             Norwegian hotelier Yngvar Stray General Manager. He joined from the W Seoul-Walker
Hill and was previously part of the management team that launched the St. Regis Beijing.




• Ed Brea ~ He is the new General Manager at Shangri-La's new Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Since 2004, he has served as General Manager at the Shangri-La Marina in Cairns. He is replaced by
Bruno Cristol who was most recently the Resident Manager at the Shangri-La Sydney.


• Beat Wiesmann ~ He has joined the Swiss-Belhotel Lotus Lake in China as General Manager.
Since 2005, he had been the General Manager at the Swiss-Belhotel Hualun Hefei. A Lausanne
graduate, he has served as General Manager at numerous hotels such as the Yosemite Country Club
                                       & Spa in Beijing, the Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club
                                       and the LTI-Long Beach Hotel in Egypt. Phan Ing Pai transfers
                                       internally to replace Wiesmann.



• Thiva Kesavan ~ He is the new General Manager at Alila Jakarta. Prior to joining Alila, Thiva was
the Property Manager for Hotel 1929 and New Majestic Hotel, both in Singapore.

• Urs Wuthrich ~ has been appointed as the opening General Manager of the Grand Mercure
Sanya, Hainan. For the past two years, he served as General Manager at the Palms Country Club in
Manila.


•   Alex Riva ~ The Sheraton Utama Hotel in Brunei has appointed Alex Riva General Manager. A
Lausanne graduate, Riva was most recently the Deputy General Manager at Le M�ridien Kuala
Lumpur.


• Steven Berger ~ He has been named Resident Manager at the Alila Cha-Am, in Thailand. His
past experience includes tenures at the Village Hotel in Cape Town's Spier Wine Estate and his most
recent role as General Manager of the Walmont Ambassador Hotel and Gaborone International
Convention Centre in Botswana.




• David Baldwin ~ He has joined the Sofitel Jin Jiang Pudong Shanghai as Resident Manager. He
was most recently at the Xianglu Grand Hotel in China as the Executive Assistant Manager. He
previously served as General Manager at the Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia, Hotel Manager at
the New York Palace and General Manager at the Hotel Twin Dolphin in Cabo San Lucas.




              • Susan Richardson ~ She will be part of the opening team at the St. Regis
             Singapore, as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms. She transfers from the St. Regis
San Francisco, where she has been the Director of Rooms. Richardson, who used to be the Director of
Housekeeping at the (former) Regent of Hong Kong, also spent seven years at the St. Regis New
York as the Director of Housekeeping.




•  Matthew Thomas ~ The Excelsior Hong Kong has appointed Matthew Thomas Director of Food
and Beverage. Thomas comes from London where he was most recently at the Mandarin Oriental
Hyde Park as Food and Beverage Manager after joining the property in 2002 as Restaurant Manager.




• Dexter Chia ~ InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Dexter Chia Vice President, Sales
and Marketing, Greater China Singapore. He has been with the company since 2005 most recently as
the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Greater China. He has previously held regional sales
and marketing positions at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Pan Pacific Hotel and Resorts.
                               • Suzette Deveau ~ She has been appointed to the position of Area
Director of Marketing, Southern Asia and Korea for InterContinental Resorts, based in Bali. She was
most recently based at the Four Seasons Shanghai, but returns to Bali after an eleven-year absence,
having originally been part of the Ritz-Carlton opening team.




• David Campbell ~ He is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Singapore. He
comes from a similar post at the Westin Shanghai.




             •   Fr�d�ric Colin ~ He will be the opening Executive Chef at the St. Regis Singapore.
             He successfully opened the St. Regis Bora Bora, following three years with Andr�
             Balasz� Hotels AB, as Executive Chef of the Raleigh and Sunset Beach.




•   Romuald Feger ~ He will be promoted at the St. Regis Bora Bora to Executive Chef, taking over
from Fr�d�ric Colin. Since September 2006, Feger has been the Chef de Cuisine at Lagon, the Jean-
Georges Vongerichten restaurant at the St. Regis Bora Bora. He previously served in the kitchens at
the Palais de La M�diterran�e in Nice and Le Cirque in New York.


• James Ng ~ The JW Marriott Bangkok has appointed James Ng as the new Executive Chinese Chef
at Man Ho. He has previously worked in several properties in Asia Pacific including the Traders Hotel
Beijing, the Shangri-La Singapore and the Singapore Hilton. Prior to this appointment, he was an
Executive Chinese Chef at the Shangri-La New Delhi.


• Kelvin Chua ~ Carlton Hotel, Singapore has appointed Kelvin Chua as Executive Chef.




• Sunny Sia Hai Chew ~ M Hotel is pleased to welcome Sunny Sia Hai Chew as Executive Chef.
Prior to joining M Hotel, Sunny was with Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport NSW Australia. He is also
currently the Vice President of the Society Professional Chef.




• Mr Joseph Martin ~ Pan Pacific Singapore welcomes Mr Joseph Martin as Executive Chef where
he joins the hotel's culinary team in overseeing the hotel's signature restaurant, Global Kitchen and
managing the hotel's overall culinary operations. British-born, Chef Joseph brings with him a wealth
                                       of culinary and management experience having worked at
                                       almost 20 hotels and Michelin star-rated establishments
                                       worldwide.




• Tony Khoo ~ Marina Mandarin receives new Executive Chef Tony Khoo. Tony was most recently
Executive Chef of M Hotel after returning back from a very successful stint in Kempinski Hotel,
Dalian.




             •   Ivan Yeo ~ Park Hotel Group has appointed Ivan Yeo as their Corporate Executive
             Chef, overseeing the Hotel Group�s F&B.




             • Pierre Barthes ~ He will be the opening General Manager for the Mandarin Oriental
Beijing. He originally joined the company in 1998 as Director of Food and Beverage at the (then)
Kahala Mandarin Oriental. Since November 2004, he has been the General Manager of the Mandarin
Oriental Macau.




•  Rudy Oretti ~ She has joined the Banyan Tree Ungasan � Bali as General Manager. He was most
recently the General Manager at the Leela Palace in Bangalore. He has previously served as General
Manager at La Pirogue in Mauritius and Resident Manager at the Peninsula Manila. In addition, he has
held the position of Resident Manager at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.




•  Bodo Klingenberg ~ He has been appointed General Manager of the Anantara Resort Koh
Samui. He was most recently the Area General Manager for Banyan Tree Resorts Malpes. He has
previously served as General Manager at Lucknam Park, Babington House and the Banyan Tree
Phuket.




•   Denis Le Noha�c ~ Le M�ridien Bora Bora has appointed Denis Le Noha�c General Manager.
He was most recently the Resident Manager of Le M�ridien Copacabana. During the previous decade,
he held management positions with M�ridien in Gabon, Chad and Guadeloupe.
                        • Markus Kraus ~ He has been named General Manager of the Hilton
                        Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, scheduled to open in 2008. A Lausanne graduate,
Kraus previously managed the Hilton Fujairah Resort where he will be succeeded by Victor Louis.




             •  Kurt Wehinger ~ He has been appointed General Manager of the Millennium
             Beijing. He has previously served in various management positions at the Kempinski
             Beijing Lufthansa Center and the InterContinental Crowne Plaza NW in Sydney.




• Daniel Arbenz ~ He is the new General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace in Beijing,
scheduled to open in March 2008. He transfers from his position as General Manager of Crowne Plaza
Beijing. Previously, he has served as the General Manager of Holiday Inn Semarang, the Crowne
Plaza Terrigal and Holiday Inn Melbourne.




•  Jean-Christophe Moreaux ~ He has been promoted to Commercial Director, Asia, for Orient-
Express, based in Bangkok. For the past five years, he has served as the Director of Marketing and
Sales at Reid�s Palace in Madeira. Previously, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing at La
Mamounia in Marrakech, at the Martinez and the Concorde Lafayette.




            • Matthew Vandegrift ~ He has been appointed Director of Rooms at the Four
Seasons Resort Malpes at Kuda Huraa. He had initially joined Four Seasons in Atlanta in 2000 as a
Management Trainee. In 2003, he transferred to the Four Seasons Aviara as Resort Club Front Office
Manager and was promoted early 2006 as Assistant Director of Rooms at the Four Seasons Las
Vegas.




• Stefan Leu ~ He has been appointed General Manager of the Swiss-Belhotel Golden Sand Resort
in Vietnam. He was formerly the General Manager of the Holiday Resort Lombok.




• Joseph Chong ~ He has been promoted as Resident Manager at the Peninsula Bangkok. He was
most recently at the Peninsula Beijing as Executive Assistant Manager, Rooms. He was previously
with Four Seasons for twelve years and assisted with their properties in Bali, Singapore, Jakarta and
Kuala Lumpur.
             •   Ram Hiralal ~ He has transferred to the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru as Resort
                                      Manager. Since 2006, she had been the Director of Rooms at
                                      its sister resort, the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. She has been
                                      with the company since 2003, joining at the Regent Kuala
                                      Lumpur as Director of Rooms.




• Jennifer Cronin ~ Dusit Hotels & Resorts has named Jennifer Cronin Vice President-Sales and
Marketing. For the past two years, she had held the position of Executive Assistant Manager Sales
and Marketing at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. Previously, she served as the Director of
Marketing at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.




•  David Lama ~ He has joined Raffles Singapore as Director of Sales and Marketing. For the past
three years, he was with Silversea Cruises as Director of Sales, France, Belgium, Netherlands. He
was previously the Director of Sales at the H�tel de Crillon.




• Ken Poynter ~ He is the new Director of Engineering at the Four Seasons Maui. He was most
recently at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa where he served as Director of Engineering for
the last three years. He previously held various engineering positions in Hawaii and has spent much
of his time with Hyatt hotels in Hawaii and California.




•  Uwe Opocensky ~ The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has appointed Uwe Opocensky Executive
Chef. He was most recently with Shangri-La, where he held Executive Chef positions at a number of
Asian properties. Prior to that, he was at El Bulli and managed the culinary operations of the Anassa
Hotel, Cyprus.




•  Mark Bannon ~ He has been appointed Executive Chef of the Langham Hong Kong. He has
previously served as the Executive Chef for InterContinental in Shanghai and Sydney and held
various senior kitchen management positions at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco and
the Mayfair InterContinental in London.




• Andrew Brown ~ He has been appointed Executive Chef at the George hotel, Christchurch. He
was the Executive Chef at the Millennium hotel, Christchurch, for the past five years and prior to that
             was head chef at the Nor�Wester Caf� and Bar at Amberley in the Waipara wine region
             of Canterbury.




•   Michael Luible ~ He has been promoted by One&Only to the position of Regional Director, Indian
Ocean. As such, he is responsible for the One&Only Le St. G�ran on Mauritius, as well as both
One&Only Resorts in the Malpes. Luible was previously the Regional Director for the Malpes. He is
also a former General Manager of Raffles Singapore.




•  Gerhard Stutz ~ He has transferred as General Manager to the Four Seasons Amman. He joined
the company in 1995 at the Regent Singapore as Executive Chef. He has previously served as
Director of Food and Beverage at the Regent Singapore, the Four Seasons Newport Beach, and the
Pierre, before moving to California and assuming the role of Hotel Manager at the Beverly Wilshire in
2003.




• Jonathan Wright ~ He has joined the Setai in Miami as Executive Chef. He was most recently
the Executive Chef at the Lark Creek Inn. He had previously served as Executive Chef at the Hotel
Conrad Indianapolis and the Windsor Court in New Orleans.




News




                  WSQ Culinary Scholarship, Spring-WDA Retail Career Visit


7 September 2007

Yesterday, ZB reported about the enhancements to the WSQ Culinary Scholarship by WDA and at-
sunrice. It mentioned that the total scholarship amount was inctreased to $4.36 million (from $1.4m
last year) and the number of places increased to 250 places (from 100 places last year). The report
highlighted WDA's collaboration with the F&B industry to develop a set of training programmes to
train 500 chefs a year. The article also quoted D/TD Ms Teo Sio Hoon as saying that the industry
has responded positively to the programme, and that the scholarship would attract more talent this
year.
ZB also carried news about the Retail Career Industry Visit jointly organised by Spring-WDA for retail
students from ITE College Central (Bishan Campus). About 80 students were taken for a sneak peek
of the job opportunities and career prospects available at Dairy Farm group of companies. The report
mentioned that seven students signed up for jobs in a mini-recruitment drive by Dairy Farm after
the visit

Summaries are as follows:

ZB, p12, Singapore News, "WDA and culinary training school provide the 'WSQ Culinary
Scholarship", 06/09/07

ZB carried a factual report based on a joint press release issued by WDA and at-sunrice about WSQ
Culinary Scholarship. It mentioned that the scholarship and worth $4.36 million this year providing
250 places (an increase from $1.4 million for 100 places provided last year). The report included more
details of the scholarship, that every recipient will receive scholarship worth $13,800 to underake the
Diploma in Culinary Craft & Service Excellence or Diploma in Pastry & Baking Arts programmes at at-
sunrice. During the training period, the students would also go under the apprenticeship of famous
chefs. The report highlighted that WDA collaborated with the F&B industry since last year to develop
a set of training programmes to train 500 chefs a year for the sector. About 80% of the applicants are
PMETs who are switching careers. The article also quoted D/TD Ms Teo Sio Hoon as saying that the
industry has responded positively to the programme, and that the scholarship would attract more
talent this year. The article mentioned that at-sunrice invited 500 students, trainers and chefs to a
special screening of the movie "Ratatouille". The event was graced by GOH Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of
SWCDC.


ZB, p7, "Company has new methods of recruiting new workers - experience first, then
apply", 06/09/07

Yesterday, ZB carried a positive picture story on the Retail Career Industry Visit organised by SPRING
and WDA to Dairy Farm. About 90 retail students from Bishan ITE were introduced to the various
aspects of the retail process. The report included quotes from participating students like 17 year old
Ami and Lin Zhi Hao, who felt that such industry visit help them understand the real context before
applying for the job, and gives them a sense of reality. Both students felt that the visit was beneficial
to them. Dairy Farm HR Director said that seven students signed up for jobs immediately after the
visit.




                        ARTICLE - GLADMAT / STAVANGER NORWAY 2007

Dear Friends,

I felt very honoured to be invited to Stavanger, Norway, to visit the Gladmat Festival. This is an
event, where the whole city of Stavanger and guests from all around the world gets in the mood of
eating and drinking for 5 full days from morning 10.00 am
to the next morning 4.00 am.

On a stretch around the harbour of 2 km, there are hundreds of food stalls and top Chefs of Norway
cooked up a storm. There were also live bands laying and singing throughout the night. This was
really an event which you would not want to miss.

At the same time, I was part of the judging panel for the "Flirting with Seafood" competition.I had the
pleasure to invite Yen Koh to represent Singapore in this competition (please see the write-up on the
competition from Yen).

Yen has done extremely well in the competition. His scores was very close to the winner. We are very
proud of his performance.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organiser of Gladmat and the Norwegian Seafood
Export Council for bringing Yen and I to Norway as well as our usual supporting sponsor, Snorre Food,
who is always so supportive towards the Singapore Culinarians.




”Flirting with Seafood” 27th July 2007

Is a yearly event taking place during the Gladmat festival in Stavanger, Norway. Organise by Gladmat
and the Norwegian Seafood Export Council, the idea behind this event is to organise a friendly ”cook
off” showing the best of Norwegian Seafood and allowing young chefs to get to know both the city of
Stavanger and each other.I am proud to be sponsored by Snorre Foods Singapore for the trip.

This year they are very proud to invite some of the young chefs from five countries (Singapore,
Norway, France, Spain and Cananda) to visit the city and to take part in ”Flirting with Seafood”. This
is meant as an informal cook-off. A professional jury were invited for the judging. They consist of the
winner of Bocuse D'or 2007 (Fabrice DESVIGNES) as the head judge and top chefs from participating
countries. From Singapore, Chef Otto Weibel was the represented judge.

We have to use Norwegian salmon, halibut, king crabs and Jarlsberg cheese for a 2 courses menu , 8
portions each. Some valuable comments given by the judges for my appetizer was its evolutionary,
modern and well balance and for the main course halibut and king crabs were cooked perfectly but
too many flavours were involved. The overall winner is from Canada with the rest of the countries
participanting getting a 2nd placing as the event was staged to be a sharing and non formal
competition.The bond built between all the participants was great too as no one were a feeling down
after the winner was announced as we all have won by having more international friends.

There were also educational tours to the world's biggest halibut farms along the Norwegian coast and
research farm for salmon feeds. This is the first time I see so many salmons in under the water
through monitoring cameras, its such a amazing experience.

                                 This is the menu which I presented.

                                             Appetiser

                         Confit of Salmon in Lime Oil, Salmon Belly Tartare,
                                       Jade Gazpacho Espuma,
                         Modern Nicoise Salad with Lemon Scented Olive Oil
                                         (see photo attached)

                                            Main Course

                    Slow Roasted Red Miso Halibut with Jarlsberg Cheese Gratin,
                                Mushrooms Ragout and Herbs Oil
                       Poached and Buttered King Crab with Peanut Emulsion




                                   SCA IWF Wings Gala Dinner


                                       Friday, July 20, 2007

                                       National Service (NS)

The Singapore National Culinary Team is one of the most feared competitors in major culinary
competitions across the globe. Over the last fifteen years, we have snagged numerous gold medals
and championships in international competition events like the Culinary World Cup, Culinary Olympics,
IGEHO Basel, FHA Salon Culinaire and most recently the WA Perth Oceana Fest Championships. All
these achievements have helped put our small country on the world culinary map with a big presence
and not only raised the profile and status of the Chef�s profession locally in this country that is
currently gunning for two Integrated Resorts by the year 2010. The success stories were made
possible with constant practice and rehearsals through specially organized dinners. The writer of this
blog is proud to have been an ex National Team member and in the process of being recalled for
�national service�, had the exclusive privilege to cover this event which was one of the biggest
rehearsals that the Team has ever had.




The occasion was to be a charity gala dinner for the Independent Women�s Forum 10th Anniversary
and in support of the Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully (WINGS). The Singapore Chefs
Association was invited to cook for this symbolic event and was supported with generous sponsorships
from its corporate members of the food industry. Guest of Honour was MM Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs
Lee. For this important occasion, the SCA fielded the best team it had on hand, ie the current National
Team that won the Oceana Fest Championships recently in Perth, Australia and presented their award
winning menu for the evening. In addition to the current team members and Fullerton Hotel�s
banquet team, more help was rendered with the activation of core members of the SCA�s managing
committee, ex National Team Members, chefs from airline catering, hotels, culinary schools, hospitals,
restaurants and student apprentices from Singapore Hotel Association Tourism and Educational Centre
(SHATEC). In all there were about 45 chefs and cooks behind the scenes of the successful six course
dinner. As guests at the VIP table with MM Lee was SCA President Chef Eric Teo and WACS
Continental Director for Asia, Chef John Sloane.




Preparations for the menu started as early as a month before with logistics and man power planning.
As the team members have been assigned different responsibilities for different meal courses and
worked in different organizations, the misc-en place (prep work) was split into different locations.
Appetizers and entrees were prepared at Grand Corpthorne Waterfront, dumplings for the soup were
made at Marina Mandarin Hotel, main course was prepared at SATS Airline Catering kitchen, and
intermezzo and desserts were done in Swissotel Stamford and Orchard Hotel kitchens respectively.
Final assembly was at the kitchens in Fullerton Singapore. This was also one of the biggest dinners
that the Singapore National Team has cooked for and with the Ex National Team veterans combined,
it was considered to be the best of the best in culinary excellence. The menu for the evening is as
follows:
    •   Assorted Canapes
    •   Confit of Salmon in Lime Oil, Salmon Belly Tartare, Modern Nicoise Salad with Lemon
        Scented Olive Oil, Green Gazpacho Espuma & Balsamic Reduction
    •   Chicken Consomm� scented with Basil, Prawn Dumpling
    •   Pan-seared King Scallops in Citrus Nage
    •   Intermezzo of Raspberry Sorbet and Orange Coulis on Shiso Leaves
    •   Roast Lamb Rump with Herb Crust and Creamy Mushroom Ragout, Braised Lamb Neck
        with Butternut Puree, Caramelised Apple, served with Lightly Soured Lamb Jus
    •   Passion Fruit Chiboust Gratin with Warm Chocolate Pudding, Red Wine Plum Sauce,
        Vanilla Ice cream




A few days before the event, team members and assistants started to prepare their misc-en-place in
the various kitchens across the island. Vegetables like asparagus and baby carrots were trimmed;
herbs and salad leaves were plucked. Seafood and meats were trimmed and marinated. Demi glaces
and other reduction sauces were produced through long hours of simmering. Flavoured oils were
infused with herbs and citrus fruit zests. On the sweet side, the pastry chefs were engaged in full
swing for the production of sorbet, ice creams, the chocolate pudding, decorative sauces and
garnishes.




On the final day, the Team with their assistants finally met up with all their prep work at the Fullerton
Hotel�s kitchens after days of mugging in at their own individual locations. As time keeping was
strictly enforced by Team Captain Yen Koh, this enabled everyone to be more relaxed in preparation
of the slam ahead. We all found time to catch up with one another amidst setting up the various
workstations as Yen went around finalising all the necessary logistics arrangements with Fullerton�s
Exceutive Chef Arnaud Thulliez. By 4pm, the veterans and chefs from other organisations have started
to come in and excitement was building up as we caught up with one another on good old times and
recent developments.

Click here for more news and pictures.
                                  WACS Global Chef Competition

Pacific Rim Regional Final 07

5 Teams gathered in Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday July 12th for the Regional Final of the
Global Chef competition, the preparation for this competition had been on going since the WACS
Congress which was also held in New Zealand in March 2006.

This competition was the brain child of WACS President Ferdinand Metz (USA) and it is designed to
see who is the best chef in the world.

Each WACS country in the Pacific Rim have held their respective final and now teams have come
together for the Regional Final with the winner going on to Dubai for the World final in May 2008.

New Zealand was represented by Darren Wright from Akaroa, and Scott Campbell from Wellington,
Fiji’s representative was Ronesh Nath from Suva and Australia’s representatives were, Chris Wade
from Melbourne and Shane Keighley from Perth. Each team were permitted to bring with them a
student/apprentice to help with basic tasks in the kitchen.

The judging panel also has a big International flavour with Arnold Tanzer - South Africa, John Sloane -
Singapore, Rick Stephen – Australia, Neil McInnes – New Zealand & Pip Duncan – New Zealand. WACS
also provided an Observer for the competition Mr Graham Hawke’s.

The teams gathered with the judges the day prior to the cook off, they were greeted by the Pacific
Rim’s Continental Director, Mr. Glenn Austin, Glenn welcomed all teams to Christchurch and thanked
Gary Miller for his role in organising the competition as well as thanked the Christchurch Polytechnic
College for the facilities. Competitors were then given a briefing and overview of the DO’S and DON’TS
for the competition by the chief judge Rick Stephen, once the boxes had been seen, they were given a
wine matching with food seminar and then they had to hand in their menus, teams then had the
opportunity to research recipes in their own time.

On the Friday morning of the competition temperatures outside may have only been 2 degrees, but
the heat was well and truly turned up inside the kitchen, competitors were given a staggered start as
each course were to be put up in 5 minute intervals with a penalty of 1 point per 2 minutes late per
course.

3rd place went to Chris Wade of the Point Restaurant in Melbourne – Australia




                               Chris Wade                    Appetiser
                                  Entr�e                        Main




2nd place was awarded to Darren Wright from Harbour 71 Restaurant, Akaroa – New Zealand




                  Darren Wright                Appetiser                Entr�e




                                   Main                        Sweet




1st place went to Shane Keighley from the Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Perth – Australia




                Shane Keighley             Shane's Appetiser             Entr�e
                                   Main                     Dessert

At the presentation, Mr. Glenn Austin thanked all participants on their fantastic effort, and passed on
his congratulations to the New Zealand Chefs Association in particular the Canterbury Chef Association
and the Christchurch Polytechnic, Glenn also recognized the importance of an International judging
panel lead by Rick Stephen. Overall the competition was a great success for our region, and now it is
on to Dubai.




Events


                                          Culinaire Malaysia




Dear colleagues and friends,

A team of chefs and apprentices were selected to represent SCA for the Culinaire Malaysia 2007 held
in the KLCC. Numerous achievement were awarded to the team for their individual categories. Xu
Tian Mu currently serving his internship at JADE restaurant, Tung Lok group recieved high remarks
for his use of Soon Hock, which judges commended seldom would a participant use such fish and a
modern chinese flavours for his fish course. Thus winning him a GOLD medal. His duck main course
was slightly overdone but still the creation of taste and flavours was well balanced, SILVER medal
was awarded. Great support and encouragement were render to him by his chefs from the Tung Lok
group.
Wang Shih Wei currently in SHATEC was neat and well organised in the cooking arena, clean and
spotless compared to some of the others. Though attending his first overseas cooking competition, he
performed above expectation as trainee to be a recepient of 2 SILVER medals, out shone some of the
other competitors who are chefs in the trade. His trainers and school mates will be proud of his
achievement. The 2 apprentices representing SHATEC / SCA were working well according to the time
table assisting the seniors for the cold display before fully concentrating on preparation for their two
hot cooking classes on the last two days.

Though overall discipline and strict supervision were emphasised by me, the apprentices were under
the one to one guidance of Chef Kong Kok Kiang from Grand Corpthone Waterfront, Chef David Tan
from One 15 degree Sentosa and Chef Frankie Yong from SATS who took part in the cold display
category. 2 BRONZE medals were achieved by Chef Frankie Yong for his effort on both cold display
and hot cooking. The chefs were from the overall champion team of SCA for the Western Australia
Oceanafest held in Perth this April.




Though some of the seniors did not achieve desired results, but their cold display skill level are
definitely at a higher standard than most of the other participants. Luck does play a part sometimes
in competition, think most of you agree with me. But its an unselfish and great effort from them who
have guided the two trainees throughout the week, sharing their experience and to boost them with
great confidence.

Overall good team work and cooperation was shown and during the week event which resembles the
same great unity during our Perth's competition under Chef Eric Neo.

We like to thank Executive Chef Richmond of KLCC and his Hygiene manager , Kumar for their
hospitality and support given to the team at KLCC, not to forget Chef Jasmine Ng and Chef Ivan Yeo
from the SCA committee for their coaching and valuable feedbacks for the participants.

Thank you

Yen Koh
Senior Chef
Unilever Foodsolution Singapore




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Tel. no. +971 4 321 1111
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