MAYBE the true hero is the unsung hero who is humble, and is so secure he does not need to blow his own trumpet about his achievements. If this is the case, then MasterChef Ivan Yeo, the Corporate Chef of the dynamic Park Hotel Group is a true Singapore hero.

As Coach/”Captain”of the Singapore National Team he and his team have WON the Culinary World Cup in the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup Competition from 20 to 24th November 2010 in Luxembourg. 

Against stiff and unrelenting competition against world class chefs on their home ground, facing a jury of European masterchefs, 10454.7km from the our little red dot in a foreign land, against all odds, they WON the Culinary World Cup for Singapore!!!

I ask you this, where are the big write-ups in the local press, the Straits Times, the New Paper, the Chinese press??? Why are they not trumpeted, feted, celebrated, congratulated??? Your guess is as good as mine.

Singaporeans, lend me your ears:

Look to our own World-Class Chefs and do not always ooh and aah at foreign chefs (who may be good too) who give their brand name to very expensive restaurants here, where dinner costs S$370++ per person, but they are never in Singapore. They are in their own country so who is cooking your S$370++ per person meal??? Is it not like a replica Louis Vuitton bag you bought in China for 300 Yuan? The China replica is NOT the genuine , authentic one at the Louis Vuitton shop near my favourite hotel, Four Seasons George V in Paris!

As the motto of the intrepid and ever daring Special Air Service regiment goes : Who Dares Wins!

Chef Ivan Yeo

 Chef Yeo has been fully engaged in the culinary scene for the past 25 years. During his tenure he has held various chefs’ position with Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore and Raffles The Plaza, Singapore. As part of his extensive portfolio, Chef Yeo has also represented Singapore in many International Culinary Competitions wining gold in events  for Food and  Hotel Asia’s ‘ 4 Main Course Plate Award ’ and multiple nominations for high profile awards including World Gourmet Summit Awards for “Chef of the Year” and “Executive Chef of the Year”.

Chef Yeo is currently working as a Corporate Chef with Park Hotel Group.

Chef Yen

 Chef Yen is currently the Executive Chef with Unilever Foodsolutions South East Asia and Singapore, where he specializes in the areas of culinary training, research and development, applications and customer development for the food service and food manufacturing, consumer goods industries.

 As a Team Captain and Member for the Singapore National Culinary Team, Chef Yen has helped to put Singapore on the world culinary map through Gold medals success in several high profile and prestigious competitive events like the Culinary Masters, Culinary Olympics and Food & Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge.

 Prior to joining Unilever Foodsolutions, Chef Yen began his career at the former Westin Stamford and Westin Plaza (Now Swissôtel the Stamford and Fairmont Singapore).  An interesting addition to his portfolio was gained through his tenure at Givaudan, the world leading flavours and fragrances MNC where he was trained in the research and development and flavours application. Chef Yen spent 4 years with the company in the Foodservice and Savoury department.

 An alumnus of the Singapore Hotel Association Tourism and Educational Centre (SHATEC), Chef Yen has also pursued postgraduate studies in continuing education programs for professional chefs jointly introduced by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Temasek Polytechnic.

Chef Nicole Wong

 Chef Nicole Wong has utilized her deep love for all things sweet and wonderful to carve out a niche in the world of pastry. Her efforts have certainly not gone unrecognized, sweeping gold in competitions since 2002, including the 13th FHA Culinary Challenge In Individual Dress The Cake Singapore, Culinary Malaysia  Petit Fours 8 Praline Competition and  Ocean Australia Awards, 2009.

 Chef Wong has filled various positions in the previous Westin Hotel Singapore and currently works as the resident Pastry Chef in Fairmont Singapore.  Chef Wong believes that her 10 plus years experience in this industry has greatly enhanced her personal development, in areas such as change management and advanced organizational skills.

 Chef Eric Chuah

 Chef Eric Chuah started out as a trainee chef at Swissotel the Stamford in 2003 and worked his way up to become Chef de Partie at Equinox Restaurant before joining Unilever Foodsolutions.  Chef Chua has demonstrated his culinary prowess at many culinary competitions. His most recent achievement was as a participating member in the National Gourmet Team challenge at HOFEX 2009 and winning a silver medal at the WACS 2004 culinary challenge in Dublin.  Besides an innate drive and passion for food, Chef Chua is also an avid reader and traveler.

Chef Lee Boon Seng

Chef Lee’s culinary journey began in 2002, where he began as a trainee chef at Equinox Restaurant at Swissotel the Stanford. In Feb 2010, Chef Lee joined Osia Restaurant, launched by Scott Webster, at Resorts World Sentosa, occupying a Junior Sous Chef position. As a member of the Singapore National Culinary Team, Chef Lee has helped to put Singapore on the world culinary map by being part of the team that won a silver medal at the MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge in Dubai,  and were awarded the overall champions at the FHA 2010 Culinary Challenge in Singapore.

  Chef Yew Eng Tong

 As Sous Chef of The Cliff  , Yew Eng Tong has more than a decade of experience working in the kitchen. It was during his time at Aurum, where molecular master Paco Roncero was consultant chef, that he vastly improved his knowledge in the science of cooking. He has also gone on to compete in several culinary competitions, and was the winner for “BEST GOURMET TEAM” and “BEST CHEF” during Food&HotelAsia2008. He has also represented Singapore in the Culinary Olympics in 2008 and the Expogast in 2006. Another area where Chef Tong has shone, is when he represented Singapore in Food&HotelAsia 2010 and subsequently won the “BATTLE OF THE LION” competition.  On order to constantly keep himself current, Chef Tong as recently, completed 6 weeks of intensive training in Victor’s Gourmet Restaurant, a 3*** Restaurant in Schloss Berg, Germany under guidance of Chef Christian Bau.

 Chef Jasmine Ng

 Chef Jasmine has been a Chef for the past 21 years and has vast experience in both Hotels and Educational Institutions.  Jasmine has represented Singapore in many International Culinary Competitions, served as a judge, and is still an active member in the Singapore Chefs Association.  Presently, she is residing in Perth and is with Temasek Culinary Academy.

  By Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet

V&B CULINARY WORLD CUP 2010 /  20. – 24. 11. 2010

Country Score A Score B Score C Score cold Diploma cold Score warm Diploma warm EndScore  
1st Singapore 93,256 93,632 96,150 283,038 Gold 283,200 Gold 566,238 1
Sweden 94,822 94,700 94,720 284,242 Gold 281,000 Gold 565,242 2
USA 93,440 92,100 92,000 277,540 Gold 280,800 Gold 558,340 3
Switzerland 90,506 92,100 90,100 272,706 Gold 275,000 Gold 547,706 4
Canada 92,497 92,900 91,100 276,497 Gold 270,600 Gold 547,097 5
Germany 91,708 91,200 93,120 276,028 Gold 270,000 Gold 546,028 6
Iceland 87,188 90,200 86,760 264,148 Silver 276,400 Gold 540,548 7
England 90,365 90,000 88,060 268,425 Silver 271,200 Gold 539,625 8
Italy 90,471 90,100 85,120 265,691 Silver 262,600 Silver 528,291 9
Wales 90,000 90,200 78,980 259,180 Silver 264,400 Silver 523,580 10
Netherlands 84,723 84,700 86,840 256,263 Silver 259,400 Silver 515,663 11
Scotland 84,714 85,300 80,580 250,594 Silver 254,000 Silver 504,594 12
Czech Republic 84,422 81,250 86,200 251,872 Silver 252,000 Silver 503,872 13
Cyprus 85,862 86,700 86,700 259,262 Silver 243,400 Silver 502,662 14
South Africa 82,006 81,800 77,840 241,646 Silver 255,800 Silver 497,446 15
Hungary 86,957 83,800 83,266 254,023 Silver 241,400 Silver 495,423 16
Portugal 79,708 80,300 82,060 242,068 Silver 251,200 Silver 493,268 17
Luxembourg 81,079 79,400 78,780 239,259 Bronze 253,200 Silver 492,459 18
Slovak Republic 80,541 81,600 84,060 246,201 Silver 243,600 Silver 489,801 19
South Korea 82,710 81,800 90,100 254,610 Silver 221,200 Bronze 475,810 20
Slovenia 80,387 82,000 70,600 232,987 Bronze 221,200 Bronze 454,187 21
Croatia 81,453 80,600 67,860 229,913 Bronze 218,000 Bronze 447,913 22
Israel 81,390 80,000 73,460 234,850 Bronze 210,200 Bronze 445,050 23
Malta 73,750 75,000 77,780 226,530 Bronze 205,400 Diploma 431,930 24
Denmark 0,000 0,000 0,000 0,000   264,800 Silver 264,800 25
Turkey 71,718 72,800 74,180 218,698 Bronze 0,000   218,698 26

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V&B CULINARY WORLD CUP 2010 / 20. – 24. 11. 2010

Country Score A Score B Score C Score cold Diploma cold Score warm Diploma warm EndScore  
Switzerland 94,000 94,800 100,000 288,800 Gold 282,400 Gold 571,200 1
Norway 93,100 92,200 94,400 279,700 Gold 263,200 Silver 542,900 2
Portugal 83,200 83,800 88,700 255,700 Silver 272,200 Gold 527,900 3
England 85,500 90,000 91,375 266,875 Silver 252,200 Silver 519,075 4
Germany 83,100 78,800 72,400 234,300 Bronze 254,000 Silver 488,300 5
Luxembourg 78,100 75,400 80,000 233,500 Bronze 251,400 Silver 484,900 6
Italy 74,200 75,400 92,700 242,300 Silver 226,200 Bronze 468,500 7
India 76,100 68,000 83,376 227,476 Bronze 203,200 Diploma 430,676 8
Romania 75,700 67,800 72,500 216,000 Bronze 201,800 Diploma 417,800 9
Scotland 70,600 71,200 70,000 141,800 Bronze 234,200 Bronze 376,000 10

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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