To Malaysia With Love: 3 Women Working In F&B Overseas Write Home
Kwen Liew, co-founder of 1 Michelin Star restaurant Pertinence in Paris, France
An Ipoh icon, Kwen Liew keeps it real regardless of success. While some buckle under the weight of awards, she and her husband Ryunosuke Naito are clear-sighted about their ambitions in the City of Lights.
Melanie Ong, head pastry chef at Gaggan Anand in Bangkok, Thailand
Pastry queen of progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan Anand, Melanie Ong is known for her fierce loyalty and lovable personality.
The mother of two grew up in a health-conscious household, which has affected her approach towards the art of pastry; whether it’s chocolate truffles or edible miniature landscapes, her creations are naturally sweetened using fruits and contain no more than 30g of sugar each.
Alia W Nazri, founder of Souk Asiatique in Marrakesh, Morocco
A Malaysian in Marrakech, Alia W Nazri runs Souk Asiatique (previously known as Trouvaille gourmet), which offers a multitude of food-related services, from guiding tourists through the spice markets of Medina to delivering home-cooked nasi lemak to homesick Malaysians (and curious Mar'rakshis).
Nazri’s prowess in the kitchen and ability to see the big picture as an expatriate lends her guided experiences a unique slant that’s not easily matched by her contemporaries.
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- Creative Design Liew Chiaw Ching