The kitchen is a divided battlefield. When it comes to the one’s private house is traditionally and stereotypically regarded as a women’s domain, while the professional restaurant world is strangely filled with men. However, the boundaries are starting to fall apart, shifting and mixing. We sought out a few female chefs that are not only the boss at home, but also step forward in the restaurant world.
From Court to Kitchen
Chef Shalu Asnai is the owner of Little Green Café, giving cooking classes that specialise in healthy vegetarian fare. She wants her cooking students to not only take away some recipes, but she wants them to understand the importance of fresh ingredients, herbs and spices. Her creative dishes are eye opening, rich and a treat one hardly ever finds at any restaurant in town.
There are more creative female chefs like Shalu. Another example is Roshini Dharmapala, who actually used to be a flight attendant for several years. After flying around the world and experiencing different cuisines, Roshini decided to follow her passion, graduating on top of her class at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. Nowadays she is not only specialises in her native traditional Sri Lankan, but also in classic French and fusion cuisine.
Chef Genevieve Edward honed her skills in a competitive London kitchen. After cooking for several years in London’s fine dining establishments and working with the BBC Good Food Magazine, Genevieve returned to Singapore, opening her very own London Gastro Pub. Her specialisation is French and European fare with Pan-Asian influences.
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Mix of Flavours
It isn’t uncommon anymore to be specialised in several different cuisines. Be male or female chefs, many embrace their different heritages as well as pick up new flavours on the way. The same holds for chef Jazmyn Png, whose cultural and culinary heritage is Malay, Indian and Pakistani. Besides speaking six different languages, she also loves to experiment with rich and robust flavours to create fusion fare with Indonesian, Singaporean and Peranalan influences. Jazmyn is also the owner of Homecook by Jazmyn and conducts occasional cooking classes.
Who said there is no veteran female chef in Singapore? Chef Devagi Sanmugam is one of Singapore’s most dynamic and talented food personalities and can easily keep up with her male colleagues. Her career began 30 years ago as a cooking instructor, creating her very own recipes. Besides being an exceptional chef, she also is a cookbook author, a witty food columnist and professional bon vivant. Whether she is concocting recipes for her latest project or conducting cooking classes for budding chefs, her contagious enthusiasm transforms ordinary meals into dining adventures. Her unique approach to cooking and her flair for creating recipes that cut across a range of cuisines quickly endeared her to a loyal following.