Filipinos are known foodies— we love cooking and we love eating the food we prepare. This fact is very much evident in homegrown restaurants that are patronized by many, such as Razon’s and Kabigting’s halo-halo, the Kapampangan sisig, and big brands like Jollibee.
But it is no longer only in the Philippines that we Filipinos get recognized for our love for food. Even in the international setting, Filipino chefs and brands are now winning awards and gaining popularity. (Read: Meet Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2021: Chef DeAille Tam)
We’re talking about the likes of Chef Margarita Fores, who was recognized as Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2016! And now, another Filipina chef is making a name for herself in the international culinary scene.
Singapore’s Female Chef of the Year
Just recently, the World Gourmet Summit awarded a Singapore-based Filipina chef as Singapore’s Female Chef of the Year. The chef is Johanne Siy, head chef of the Lolla Restaurant located in Ann Siang Road, Singapore.
According to the World Gourmet Awards website, they bestow the award to the female head chef who “is directly involved in daily kitchen operations and in the culinary arts. She is also evaluated for her levels of professionalism, creativity, consistency, leadership, and commitment to quality.”
They have been awarding chefs and restaurants in Singapore since 2001. (Read: Meet Chef David, The Man Behind The Vatican Christmas Cookbook)
Chef Johanne Siy is a Dagupan-born chef, who is now living in Singapore. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and the La Bernardin. She was under the wing of Chefs Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud. Currently, she is being mentored by Chef Andre Chiang of Singapore’s Restaurant Andre.
Her culinary style is a combination of European fine dining with Mediterranean influences here and there. (Read: Chef Closes Restaurant, Feeds Over 50,000 During Lockdown)