Chef Johanne Siy of Lolla Restaurant in Singapore is the proud winner of prestigious Asia’s Best Female Chef Award 2023. With the award being voted for by over 300 members of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, Chef Siy’s recognition is a testament to her exceptional culinary skills and her commitment to pushing the boundaries of excellence in the culinary world.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 Awards Ceremony: A Celebration of Asia’s Gastronomic Community.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony will take place on 28th March 2023 in Singapore, in collaboration with the host destination partner, the Singapore Tourism Board. The event marks the first full-scale gathering of Asia’s gastronomic community since 2019, providing an exciting opportunity to celebrate the achievements of top female chefs in the region.
William Drew, Director of Content for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, expressed his excitement, stating: “Johanne’s understanding of the provenance of ingredients and her flair for presenting cuisine that is produce-driven, alongside mindful inclusions of the culinary traditions she grew up with, make her a worthy recipient of this award.”
Lolla Restaurant: A Culinary Destination for Asian-Inspired Modern European Cuisine.
Since becoming the head chef of Lolla Restaurant in 2020, Chef Siy has led the restaurant to its first placement in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2022, ranking No.75. The restaurant is known for its considered emphasis on produce, seasonality, and intentional simplicity, with Chef Siy’s cuisine spotlighting Asian-inspired modern European dishes with nods to her Filipina heritage.
Born in Dagupan, Philippines, Chef Siy’s culinary journey has taken her around the world, from apprenticing under renowned chefs Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin) and Daniel Boulud (Café Boulud), to spending years honing her skills in Nordic kitchens and farms with stints at Noma and Relae in Copenhagen and Fäviken in Sweden. Chef Siy’s signature dishes, such as crab ‘relleno’ and kaffir lime, feature the famous ‘aligue’ sauce from the Philippines – a paste of river crab tomalley and aromatics, served within the crab’s own shell.
Chef Siy’s Passion for Inspiring Young Chefs.
Chef Siy expressed her gratitude for the award, stating: “This is great validation for the hard work my team and I do to better our craft. I am grateful for this platform that enables me to inspire young chefs. I want to shine a spotlight on the remarkable women in our industry, in the hopes that we can thrive by leveraging the symbiosis that a truly egalitarian workforce brings.”
Celebrating the Achievements of Top Female Chefs in Asia.
With Chef Johanne Siy’s recognition as the winner of Asia’s Best Female Chef Award 2023, we celebrate the achievements of top female chefs in Asia who push the boundaries of excellence in the culinary world. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony is a testament to the strength and diversity of the Asian gastronomic community and provides an exciting opportunity to celebrate the achievements of top female chefs in the region.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)