Chef Wan In Person.

I was born, Redzuawan Bin Ismail, in Singapore in 1958. I am the eldest in a family of seven children. I qualified as an accountant but due to my passion for cooking, I later became a professional chef. I have an associate degree in Professional Chef Training and Hotel Management from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, United States. I also have a Ritz Escoffeir Diploma (Ecole Ritz-Esscoffier De Gastronomie Francaise) from the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France.

I am the author of several famous best selling cookbooks. I have won numerous book awards. Among them are:-

Salon International Du Livre Gourmand 2000 Periguex, France, a Gold Medal for Presentation Of ‘The Royal Dining Etiquette Of The Palace Of Perak’ In The Century In Malaysia
Salon International Du Livre Gourmand 2000 – Prix La Mazille Special Prize for his career as Food Ambassador of Malaysia.
Salon International Du Livre Gourmand 2003 in Barcelona, Spain for the Best Malay Chef Book in Malaysia (‘Mengelilingi Dunia bersama Chef Wan’ by Times Edition)

As a prolific writer, I also contributes articles for various publications such as:-

Flavours, Star Publication (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Jelita, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd
Malaysia Tatler Food and Restaurant Guide, Communication Management Ltd.
Marie Claire Malaysian Edition Guide to Eating in Malaysia/Singapore.

In October 2002, I gave a seminar on “The Excitement and Enticement of Malaysian Cuisine’ at the IFCA / IFSA (International Inflight Catering Association) Asia Pacific Conference held in Kuala Lumpur on behalf of Malaysia Airlines. I received a standing ovation by the participants at the end of his speech. I was co-emcee at the Gala Dinner for the 9th Gourmand World Cook Book Awards 2003 held in Barcelona, Spain.

The best thing about being a chef is that I get to make people happy. Food makes people happy. No matter how big your problems are, you still have to eat. I believe that problems seem bigger on an empty stomach. Moreover, food has a way of cheering us up.

I am different from other chefs because I am not just a chef. Not only am I well-traveled, but I am also an entertainer, an actor, an author and a motivator. I believe that food is one way to make people happy. My dream is that through my position as food ambassador, I can bring peace to the world. I also believe that food can unite people from all walks of life and cultures. When we sit together and eat, we promote better understanding and harmony.

Being a gregarious person, I love to entertain people and socialize. I enjoy watching movies and dancing. I also like to read and indulge in gardening whenever I can. I have simple tastes. Although I like fashion, I believe that the most important thing is comfort. To me, it is important that I feel confident and comfortable with the way I look. I love simple food and fruit juices. My favourite is Asian and Japanese food, followed closely by Thai, Mediterranean and Provance cuisine.

I am very motivated. The simplest things motivate me. Once I understand a concept, I will do it. Being a perfectionist, I believe that if you do something, you should do it well. Life has brought me fame and fortune. I wish to give back part of what I have received. Thus, I support various charities. I generously donate time, effort and money for any worthwhile cause.
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