JUN WONG, Chef De Cuisine
On completing her degree at 22, Chef Jun Wong ventured into haute cuisine in french kitchens to find her passion. Pitched against aspiring chefs who began as teens, Jun had an eagerness to pick up new skills quickly and experiment with cooking techniques and ingredients.
With the encouragement of her mentor, Chef Takashi Kimura, Jun landed herself in the 3 Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dôme in Macau. Since then, she has worked and staged in some of the best restaurants around the world, including Narisawa (2-starred Michelin and World No. 8) in Tokyo and Sixpenny, a 2-hatted (starred) restaurant in Sydney.
Then, having trained under a new generation of super chefs (not celebrity chefs), Jun took another big step forward as head chef in Le Petit Flot, a rustic French restaurant in Sydney, a departure from her purebred fine dining roots.
On returning home, Chef Jun is respecting her philosophy and creating dishes that respect the integrity of quality ingredients and to instil sustainable practices in her kitchen together with her crew of young chefs.
If the service team is considered the face of a restaurant, then the kitchen team is the backbone of it. In a high octane working environment such as the kitchen, where discipline, creativity and speed are all equally important, it is crucial that there is a strong bond, understanding, and trust between everyone on the team. In our kitchen, everyone is a key player and together, we strive to grow stronger not only as individuals but also as a team.
Hafiz – Best described as the glue that holds everything together, the big brother, the confidant, the linebacker, or to put it less glamorously, everybody's nanny. More commonly addressed by his nickname “Sudut”.
Syaaban – The steed, spirited, and needs occasional taming. Has his quirks and eccentricities, described as weird at best, but nonetheless a very reliable workhorse.
"That's good, it's the trait of a good sous chef, you want a sous chef to be like this" - Jeff Ramsey, Babe Gastro Fun Dining
"Solid, trustworthy, he gets the job done, but can be a bit noisy sometimes" - Takashi Kimura, Cilantro Restaurant
Kini – Earnest, enthusiastic and eager are probably the 3 words that best describe her. She may be tiny but she is tougher than she looks.
Llewelyn – Like a pedigree, he has the built-in wits and is a fast learner. Serious when he’s in full concentration, but can be mischievious at times. Answers to his middle name “John” because almost no one can pronounce his first name.
"She's one of my strong ones (in the team)" - Johnson Ebenezer, Nadodi KL
"I like that he has the passion to learn, and also a very good attitude" - Johnson Wong, Gen Penang