Throughout my professional journey, there have been significant elements that have enriched my current career and shaped my personal experiences. One pivotal chapter was my time at l’institut Paul Bocuse, where I had a partnership with ITE Singapore. I was part of the inaugural batch, graduating in 2013, and we had the opportunity to reside in France for a considerable period. Additionally, I embarked on a personal exploration by living in Champagne and Bordeaux, immersing myself in the region’s vineyards and learning directly from winemakers.
Undoubtedly, my time in France has had a profound impact on my professional progression. Singapore, being a prominent tourism and international hub, offers a vast array of international varietals and labels. However, without our own vineyards, it is crucial for Singaporeans to venture abroad and immerse themselves in the tradition and vineyards of winemaking. I was fortunate enough to spend time with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic in the northern Rhône, working closely with her and her chef sommelier, Levinson. Together, we journeyed through the vineyards, engaging in conversations with winemakers in the Rhône Valley, Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and Saint Joseph. Witnessing the breath-taking vineyards, exploring individual parcels, and being in the presence of the vines themselves was a truly magical experience.
These professional and personal endeavors have profoundly enriched my current career. They have broadened my understanding of wine, deepened my appreciation for the winemaking process, and provided me with invaluable insights into different terroirs and winemaking techniques. Ultimately, these experiences have shaped who I am as a chef sommelier, enabling me to curate an exceptional beverage program and offer unique experiences to our guests at La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore.