1998 - 2002 Singapore
|In the Hands of the Dragon
1988 After the Sentosa time and just after that great Cordon Noir anniversary party and survival of the Trans Siberia Train rite.
Lucky finding a job at Eddies Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore in this South East Asian economical turmoil.
Eddie Tan, my friend from the previous Penang Chaine des Rotisseur committee helped me to get the executive chef position in his beautiful hotel at the Raffles Boulevard , opposite Suntec Singapore .
576 rooms with the most outstanding architectural lobby (not only in Singapore but whole South East Asia), with an atrium which opens your mouth and keeping your breathe by just looking. Where god speaks personal to you at that day when the sunshine drops trough the roof window 21 stories above make you thinking of just arriving in paradise. This Marina Mandarin is actually more then a hotel. I dont know how to subscribe better then as just a beautiful place.
Eddie is the through leader with full control of all section (sometimes a little loud but for sure right). Great to work with somebody responsible like him and not pushing the bug, if something done wrong lets correct it, never mind budget or this other entire miner bureaucratic or human handicaps.
F & B Director, strictly
under the leadership of Eddie behaved a little different,
he was that type of human able going through life by
pushing the bug without taken that ownership and own
personality in stating right or wrong.
I personal need no higher top then my chefs position which fully satisfy me and so also for Wilson there was no competition from my side but cooperation to the maximum.
A kitchen brigade of 84 was shrink to 56 over the past 4 years controlled by Edwin the Human Resources Man without jeopardizing the quality, was the big task. Just a need for Owner or Profitability. The satisfaction, in this economic down pure. House keeper Nancy, pure Girl was hit tuff at nearly all the meetings and the Chief engineer just keep on hanging in at his retiring age.
Cordon Noir with 32 Dinner over 4 years in and out of the hotel was growing. The Public Relation on our food & beverage production inside the hotel plus out side catering which was pulling over the whole Singapore market from Istana (Presidential Palace)for the Indonesian Prime Minister to National stadium for Liverpool Football and the Rugby seven, from Singapore Food Festival to Indoor stadium for shows like buddy, riverdance or singing in the rain just to mention a few, from Esplanade to Government functions like NATO general and presidents from around the world, navy admirals and army meetings from the pacific region, and and and. Expressions like when the blind premier Gus of Indonesia stopped the elevator after a Indonesian lunch which gave him that long missed mother feelings and forced him to share his feelings with the chef, me, before other state business. Just great and the best of all with the same theme of chef's cooking in compassion without complain. This motivated, fun loving chefs brigade made it all possible. When sometimes this chefs (under leadership of my assistant Abraham and entertained by Robert and Amin. Backed up by Franky and Chef Joe the wedding champion chef of Singapore handling annual around 400 weddings with an average of 300 Person) nearly broken after 16 hours work there was still smiling and for sure join me for a drink at my office at midnight before going home to tell there wife's the fantastic achievements of the day.
FC Daniel was smiling by all
this effort and incoming revenue which with the help of
f&b cost control Sam fit to foodcost, our hotel was
strong. Front Office Demien and later Jo can be really
proud on there Occupancy and diplomatic handling on
delicate guests. 5 star yes maybe a little more. Our
Coffee house food was outstanding and chef Foo made it
that way. Chef Lau from the Chinese restaurant was the
right man never mind been chopped off after years of
input and all the others like Helen, Poh, Arthur, Kelvin
and ,and,and all the others were fantastic to work with.
No matter overtime or tuff job the fun played all
negative though down to enjoyment and pride of
Actually 4 years is so long
that this page would not permit to right all.
Cordon Noir for Mr. Tan at "
Final night by
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