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 has named Filipino Chef Johanne Siy, as WGA’s MKN Chef of the Year recognizing her excellent culinary skills in both daily kitchen operations as well as setting high standards for excellence throughout her career.
Johanne Siy, who is currently based in Singapore, is the head chef of Lolla in Ann Siang Hill and her love for food has its roots back to Dagupan, where she grew up with Filipino comfort cuisine.
From the Corporate to the Culinary World
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.
Having found her passion in cooking, she soon left for the Culinary Institute of America and spent years learning from culinary giants Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Daniel Boulud at Le Bernardin.
Bringing Mediterranean influences to Singapore
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 at Restaurant Andre in Singapore where Johanne has worked for four years.
In her time at the restaurant, she developed a profound appreciation and deep respect for producers in their unwavering commitment to quality. She champions positivity in the kitchen and knows that it takes passion to contribute to elevating hospitality as an industry overall.
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