Patrick Siau (2nd from right), Head Chef and Teaching Fellow, and Coach for the Malaysia National Pastry team will be leading the Malaysia National Pastry Team comprising Chefs Tan Wei Loon, Otto Tay and Loi Ming Ai at the famous Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie - World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France.
An exclusive dinner was hosted by The School of Hospitality at Sunway University to bid the team good luck as they prepare to pitch their skills at the World Pastry Cup — an international competition which takes place every two years where the world’s best pastry chefs pitch their skills against each other. Last year the team emerged champion in
the 2018 Asian Pastry Cup (APC) in Singapore and won the ‘Best Display’ award, proving they are a creative force to be reckoned with.
Chef Patrick said, “I am proud to represent Malaysia at the world stage once again. With strong will, passion and patience, I have always challenged myself to perfect the art of pastry production, ensuring innovative and exciting ends results.”
He also thanked Professor Stephenson, and his colleagues at Sunway University’s School of Hospitality especially the chefs and, the food and beverage team for their trust and full support. “We look forward to bringing glory and honour to our country.”
Prior to his appointment by the Professional Culinaire Association, Malaysia as Team Coach for the Asian Pastry Cup 2018, Chef Patrick had previously participated in the 2010 edition and the World Pastry Cup in 2011 as the Malaysia National Pastry Team Captain.
Chef Tan Wei Loon admitted preparing for the competition is a challenge as the team comprises individuals working in different areas. They have to allocate time for practice and discussions.
Both Chefs Otto Tay and Loi Ming Ai also have their own challenges to overcome but Chef Patrick remains confident they stand a chance at nabbing a top three spot in the competition.
Chef Patrick then worked with Sunway University Chefs Soon Pau Voon, Lee Han Ying, Chong Wei Tzeh, Yee Suet Rene and Nur Amirah to create a special four-course dinner for the evening. The menu featured Yu Sheng with Smoked Duck, Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Longan, Salmon with Butternut Squash and Baby Nai Pak. Guests were later treated to chocolate dessert prepared by Chef Patrick and the Malaysia National Pastry Team.
DHL Express Malaysia will be the one of the key sponsor of the National Pastry Team’s participation in the competition, covering the cost of transporting the team’s equipment to France. “We are excited to be the Official Logistics Provider for the National Pastry Team representing Malaysia at the Coup du Monde de la Pâtisserie. DHL Express will ensure the equipment gets delivered in good condition and on time to the world capital of gastronomy, giving our Chefs peace of mind to fully concentrate on the competition. We wish the Malaysian team all the best!” said Ms Ooi Chooi Lee, Head of Commercial, DHL Express Malaysia.