Student hired

SINGAPORE - Final-year food and beverage business student Chaw Kian Hui may not have graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic yet, but he has already secured a job with celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant.

The Belgian chef, who runs a chain of restaurants here including Saint Pierre, had praised the student for being knowledgeable and hardworking. They first met at Nanyang Polytechnic as part of the school's Celebrity Chef series.

Mr Chaw, the youngest child in a family of five, fell in love with cooking after helping his mother in the kitchen when he was 13.

"My interest in cooking started from home-cooked meals. In fact, I cook meals for my family every day if I'm not working. They enjoy my cooking," he said.

The 20-year-old has also been the chef at his family's Chinese New Year feast for the past few years.

His family also encouraged him to pursue his passion.

After graduating from Orchid Park Secondary, he jumped at the chance to enrol in the course.

Describing himself as an average student in the past, Mr Chaw is now one of the top students in his course, with a grade point average of 3.9.

Although he had his taste of hardship during his six-month internship at Violet Oon's Kitchen last year, he was undeterred.

"I had to wake up at 4.30am at times to get to work, which started at 6.30am. It was also a totally different experience working in an industrial kitchen, with all the constraints that we don't face while we are training in school.

"But I learnt so much as I went along."

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