WELCOME TO EDITION 812 of GRAPEVINE
I am honoured to inform I have been appointed Wine Advisor to Disciples of Escoffier Singapore by Edmund Toh, their president.
Based in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, Disciples of Escoffier was created in 1954.
I accepted the role because the organization is primarily dedicated to transmission, including of expertise, knowledge, and skills, particularly to the younger generation.
Each year since 2003, Disciples of Escoffier organizes a Young Talents Escoffier competition. Contestants must be under 25 years.
Auguste Escoffier – “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings” – was also a restaurateur and culinary writer. He had cooked at the Savoy in London and Ritz in Paris. Escoffier helped update, modernize, and popularize French cooking methods
Young Talents Escoffier 2019 was held in Bordeaux. Representing Asia, NEO Jun Hao from Singapore was Runner-Up
The goals include:
- Maintain the heritage bequeathed by Auguste Escoffier
- Prepare young people for their future professional careers
- Transmit love for the job
- Share this experience with candidates from all over the world
- Learn the requirements of competitions and allow them to participate in other challenges
- Allow candidates to continue to improve their profession of cook or waiter with the help of the Escoffier network
As Wine Advisor, I will be organising a wine tasting for the committee of Disciples of Escoffier Singapore Chapter once every month.
From left: Eric Soon, Charles Goh, Bruno Gillet, CH’NG Poh Tiong, Edmund Toh, Marvas Ng, NEO Jun Hao, and KOH Han Jie
Our inaugural tasting was Wednesday 7 April 2021.
The participants were:
Edmund Toh – President Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Vice President (Culinary), SF Group
Eric Soon – media specialist
KOH Han Jie – Treasurer, Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Chef of El Fuego (Winner Young Talent Escoffier Asia 2017 – working at Les Amis at the time & Winner Young Talent Escoffier International Zurich 2018)
Marvas Ng – Secretary-General, Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Chef of Ocean
Charles Goh – Membership, Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Executive Chef, York Hotel
Bruno Gillet – Corporate, Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Account Manager (Fish), Marel Singapore
NEO Jun Hao – Event Coordinator, Disciples Escoffier Singapore • Chef of King’s Taste (Winner Young Talent Asia 2018 & Runner-Up Young Talent Escoffier International 2019)
We are very grateful to Champagne Laurent-Perrier for sponsoring their wines.
Wishing you A Good Weekend in advance.