By Liza Mae Dumo | December 1, 2023
Chefs Uncut, an upcoming documentary series by CreatorsLab, will unveil the untold stories of six culinary maestros who have left a significant mark on the Asian food scene.
Leaving a banking career, LG Han ventured into the culinary world, earning praise for creative Asian dishes. As the force behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Labyrinth, he redefines local cuisine with a modern touch. The restaurant boasts one Michelin star and ranks an impressive No. 11 on Asia’s 50 Best 2023 and No. 97 on World’s 50 Best 2023.
After starting his culinary life as a dishwasher, Bjorn Shen has become a superstar. His restaurant, Artichoke, embodies his creative spirit with dishes like lamb shawarma gyozas and baklava donuts, and his unique concept Smalls seats just four people in each seating, with Bjorn himself taking centre stage for an original omakase experience. He’s an excellent chef too; he was named one of the Best New Chefs in Singapore by Harper’s Bazaar in 2011, Asia Pacific Chef Ambassador by the United Nations in 2013, and Chef of the Year Finalist at the World Gourmet Summit in 2018. And not to mention, he has been a judge on MasterChef Singapore since 2018.
Janice Wong, an innovator in the pastry world, has transformed dessert-making into an art form. As the founder of 2am:dessertbar, she has gained global recognition for her inventive and artistic sweets, earning titles such as Pastry Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit Awards in 2011, 2013, and 2015, as well as Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2013 and 2014. She now spearheads several global brands. In this episode, she tells for the first time on camera of a car crash in her twenties that may have been the spark and set alight her creativity.
Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, the incredible mind behind Le Du in Bangkok, achieved the impressive feat of Number 1 and Number 3 World’s Best Restaurants in Asia 2023. Born into a Thai-Chinese family, his dedication to preserving and showcasing Thai flavours has secured his place in the spotlight. Le Du has been recognized with one Michelin star, and it holds prestigious positions as No. 1 on Asia’s 50 Best 2023 and No. 15 on World’s 50 Best 2023. Additionally, Chef Ton’s second restaurant Nusara is ranked No. 3 on Asia’s 50 Best 2023 and No. 74 on World’s 50 Best 2023.
Pichaya “Pam” Soontornyanakij, the youngest female chef to receive a Michelin star in Thailand, blends Thai and Chinese influences in her culinary creations. With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Pam’s culinary skills and achievements are truly outstanding, marking her as a rising star in the food world. Her restaurant, POTONG, boasts one Michelin star and holds impressive positions as No. 35 on Asia’s 50 Best 2023 and No. 88 on World’s 50 Best 2023.
Jordy Navarra, the mastermind behind Toyo Eatery in the Philippines, is a pioneer in Filipino gastronomy. Celebrated for his innovative approach to traditional Filipino cuisine, Jordy showcases his roots and reinvents dishes with a commitment to sustainability. Toyo Eatery has earned the accolade of No. 42 on Asia’s 50 Best 2023.
Chefs Uncut will give you an inside look into the challenges, successes, and flavours that make these chefs stand out. Set to premiere on Netflix, SBS, and various networks in 2024, this series promises a one-of-a-kind and informative journey through the diverse world of Asian cuisine.
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