Things They Don’t Tell You is a weekly online column that dives deep into the lives of Prestige 40 Under 40 class of 2020 laureates, where they share little-known stories and offer insights on things that go under-the-radar. This week, we get candid with Janice Wong, Chef and Artist of Janice Wong Singapore & 2am: dessertbar.
I went to Australia and studied in Monash University during an exchange program in Economics. While I was there, I went to the farms and remembered a strawberry I tasted clearly. It made me realised at that moment when I ate the fresh fruits that there was more to tastes that I knew of. It was not only sweet; there were lots of grassiness and earthiness. It was then that I decided to be a curator of food and bring these taste experiences to guests in Singapore.
We have built an international brand, and managed to do art installations and exhibitions around the world. We were featured in the documentary feature film Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles and held our first solo exhibition in Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki in Japan.
I’m really about pushing boundaries and doing things differently in terms of the desserts and artwork I make.
One of the best things someone had said to me was, “Thank you for being inspiring.”
My dad – his work ethic and how he really works hard for the family — has inspired me to do the same.
I can be very focused. I’m also able to adapt to changing circumstances and innovate based on the different cultures we are in.
I think we all have learning points and it’s important to always improve and better oneself.
Fear should be embraced. Failures are necessary to overcome.
God forgive me, but I love chocolates way too much. I feel happiest when I have my favourite dessert or when I have loads and loads of chocolate.
I’d rather be shot than to lose my imagination.
We can be more compassionate by always thinking before you speak and put oneself in another person’s shoes.
I’d tell my younger self to take more time out for myself.
It is so important to be able to give back to the community that you belong to, wherever you may be.
(Main and featured image: Janice Wong/Prestige Singapore)