Here’s some good news to brighten up your day: a Filipina chef was recently awarded Female Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Awards in Singapore. Yes, Johanne Siy, head chef of Lolla restaurant at Ann Siang Hill in Singapore, was awarded for her exemplary “culinary skills.”
As per the World Gourmet Awards, Siy excels “in both daily kitchen operations [and] setting high standards for excellence throughout her career.” In addition to this, she was also said to be “mindful, produce-driven and reflective” as she incorporated her upbringing in modern European fine dining in her own style.
Siy was trained by renowned culinary giants, including chefs Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud at Le Bernardin and Andre Chiang at Restaurant Andre. Mindful, produce-driven, and reflective of her culinary upbringing in modern European fine-dining is just a few ways to describe Johanne’s style of cuisine. Previously a corporate brand-builder, she did a full 180 to follow her passion in the culinary world. Now based in Singapore, Siy traces her love for culinary arts to Dagupan where she grew up with Filipino comfort food, according to Manila Bulletin.
Inaugurated in 2001, the World Gourmet Awards recognizes efforts of key players in the hospitality industry who deliver best dining experiences and products to their guests. Together with the Singapore Tourism Board, it aims to motivate talents in the culinary industry to excel in the profession and promote appreciation for fine dining in the region.
Given everything happening in the world, it’s encouraging to see Pinays bring pride to the country with their talents. Maybe once the pandemic is over, and it’s safe to travel again, you can pay Siy a visit in Lolla restaurant to try out her culinary excellence yourself.