How would you describe your style?
I’m an advocate for sustainable fashion, so I’m not extremely proud of the items I’m wearing today—except for these shoes. They’re made out of hemp, and they’re handwoven in Manila. They used vegan leather, which means no animals were killed in the making of it. A lot of the items I wear are actually hand-me-downs from my mother or family members, and I try not to buy anything that’s extremely fast fashion.
Tell us how you landed on your current career path.
To keep the story short: I’m actually trained as a nutritionist, and a year into my work, the media industry opened up and started looking for a nutritionist for television. They were looking for someone who loves to talk about food—and I thought I fit that bill perfectly. So from then on I kept trying different mediums, till I started my own cooking show.
What’s your most ambitious dream?
I have this whole idea of revolutionising the way Singaporeans eat. and bringing them back to the kitchen. A really high percentage of Singaporeans eat out daily, and we’re losing that human connection we have with food. I want to prove that it’s easy and fuss-free to cook at home.
Is there a myth about healthy eating you’d like to debunk?
You’re allowed to eat desserts! I don’t believe that eating well means eating salads every day, or restricting yourself to just fish soup. You have to feed your soul as well as your stomach.
What’s one of the first memories you have of cooking?
I pretended to have my own cooking show when I was in primary school. I wanted to host a talk show, but since the only thing I knew how to do back then was cook, I dreamt of having a cooking show, and well, here I am now!
Would you rather change your past or your future?
I don’t think I’d change anything from my past, so I’ll go with looking into the future, but I think I already know what I need to change though—I definitely need to sleep more (laughs).
What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself.