At five, I was peeling off recipes from Nestlé Ideal milk tins and pasting them into a scrap book, and at seven, my parents finally let me into the kitchen to experiment. By the time I was a teenager, I was hosting dinner parties for friends at my house, dishing out aromatic chicken rice and piping hot laksa.
Still, I followed the conventional route into the working world, studying engineering and practicing as a mechanical engineer for over 15 years before moving to conference management. In the late 1990s, the dot-com boom beckoned and, together with some friends, I became a technopreneur in a start-up venture. When that bubble burst in 2001, I was, for the first time in my life, left with no direction on what to do next. I considered several options but kept coming back to the one consistent passion in my life – cooking. And so Cookery Magic was born.