World Gourmet Awards, an accolade that honors the efforts of key players in Singapore’s hospitality industry who deliver the best fine dining experiences to their guests, named Filipino chef Johanne Siy as its Chef of the Year.
Siy, head chef of Lolla in Ann Siang Hill, traces her love for food to her hometown in Dagupan, Pangasinan where she grew up with Filipino comfort cuisine.
The accolade recognizes her excellent culinary skills in daily kitchen operations as well as her high standard for excellence throughout her career.
Siy’s cuisine has been described as mindful, produce-driven and reflective of her culinary upbringing in modern European fine-dining.
Previously a corporate brand-builder, she did a full 180-degree shift to follow her passion in the culinary world.
She then studied at the Culinary Institute of America and spent years learning from culinary giants Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Daniel Boulud at Le Bernardin.
Having spent a lot of time in kitchens, farms and forests in Scandinavia, she learned different styles of cuisine and techniques from world-renowned chefs, one of which is her mentor and culinary influence Chef Andre Chiang of Restaurant Andre in Singapore where Johanne has worked for four years.
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