Starting your own business when you’re still in your 20s is both brave and just a little crazy. It takes a lot of confidence to strike out on your own and say to the world, “I think I have what it takes to succeed.” Last month, 24 year old Janice Wong opened one of Singapore’s coolest new dessert restaurants.Which, considering that this feisty young woman only started her culinary training two years ago, is no mean feat.After devouring the dishes prepared by Wong and her colleague Chef Kok Yen Yen, formerly of Les Amis, I sat down for a quick chat with the young entrepreneur.Q: So, when did you decide you wanted to be a chef?When I first joined the show, I would try and put everything on one plate.Sam would tell me to remember simplicity was the key to a great dish. He said that I should just stick to what I’m good at. After the show, I went to New York, where I worked for Will Goldfarb at Room 4 Dessert, followed by a really brief stage under Wylie Dufresne and Alex Stupak at WD-50. I actually planned to do a at Chika Licious but the day before I was supposed to leave Singapore for NYC, they called and canceled my stint.I kept trying to come up with ideas and proposals that I would show my father.For a while, I wanted to open a sandwich shop but the numbers just wouldn’t tally. It’s a frozen cylinder of orange juice filled with vanilla liquid… It’s served with orange flower water gelee, roobios foam, and butternut squash puree.
Of course, I had to finish my degree at NUS to make the parents happy. I spent three months doing a course in pastry there.
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I know I’m not the most experienced chef out there. 2am Dessert Bar 21A Lorong Liput Holland Village Singapore 277733 Tel: 65 6291 9727 Open 6pm – 2am Mon – Sat Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents.
This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005.