Chef Jeffrey Tan, OAM
Celebrity Chef, Australia
Everybody has a dream, but not everybody is prepared to go through the grind to make their dreams come true.
For Malaysia-born Jeffrey Kang Hee Tan, he persevered through the grind and has reached for the stars. Now residing in Melbourne, Tan became known worldwide as ‘the humble chef’ and has been an inspiration to many. Known to many as Chef Jeffrey Tan, the Johore native is well-known for his good heart, great appetite and humongous talent.
With such big extolment, it all began with food – a simple, yet solid reason that propelled him to become what he is today.
“Nobody can take my passion away from me, I do not let others get on hold of my destination. And of course, have fun in what you do, without fun, it becomes a routine.”
Tan was a chartered accountant before answering to his calling and pursuing his passion in food. “Nobody can take my passion away from me, I do not let others get on hold of my destination. And of course, have fun in what you do, without fun, it becomes a routine”, he said when asked why he dabbled into the cooking world.
Being an Asian and a non-professionally trained chef was difficult for him to enter into a White dominant chefs’ community in Australia, not to mention climbing the ladder of success. “People then were not as friendly and opened like today,” he mentioned.
However, through persistence and hard work, he finally earned a voice proving to other fellow chefs that not only he can too, but he is unique and with his own character. He became the very first non-professionally trained chef who was invited to join the leading culinary organisation in Australia, the Les Toques Blanches. While sharing his success story, Jeffrey emphasised that it was not all about passion and commitments but one also needs to know how to brand and market oneself. ‘Sometimes it is not only about are, but who you know’ said the chef.
As Epicurus once said, “Of all the things wisdom can provide one to live one’s entire life in happiness, the most important possession of which is friendship.” Jeffrey added, ‘There is nothing better than mesmerising yourself into a delicious dish while sipping a good wine with good company’.
Today, This once cooking for fun chef cooks for charity dinners throughout Australia and abroad helping to raise money for the less fortunate. “Fundraising is a by-product and we are blessed to have so far raised nearly $4,000,000 with Cooking for Charity”, Jeffrey Tan proudly acknowledged.
When asked about his cooking style, he put it very simply as ‘an international cuisine with an Asian twist’. His unconventional creations have been described by others as “a blend of new and not-so-new traditional cooking techniques, fresh Australian produce, and simplicity in its creation and presentation.” Chef Jeffrey Tan is also a member of the Australian Culinary Federation and recently appointed the Brand Ambassador of Ghee Hiang, a heritage brand celebrating 162 years famous for its 100% pure roasted sesame oil and traditional hand made Chinese pastries.
It is without a doubt that he continue to cook for more charities and raising more monies. His contribution will not only benefit the society but his achievements will definitely inspire others to follow. In short, Chef Jeffrey Tan is indeed ‘A Humble Chef’ cooking up dreams for himself and for the needed.
出生在马来西亚柔佛州的小男孩，目前成为了举世闻名的“谦和厨师”，这对很多人来说是憧憬的梦想激励。现今定居于澳大利亚墨尔本的明星大厨Jeffrey Tan (Kang Hee Tan)以其善良的心、海量的食欲和无限的才华成为重点特质。而所有的一切都源于他对食物的热爱，就是这个相当简朴却又坚实的理由造就今日的他。
执行主厨 Jeffrey Tan 在应对心的呼唤并追随食物的热情之前，曾是一名注册会计师。“没有什么能夺走我的激情，我不会让目标轻易被占据。”至于为何要涉足烹饪界？他说，在你做的事情中寻觅快乐，如果没有乐趣，就成了例行公事。而作为一名亚裔和非专业厨师，打入澳大利亚这种白人主导的厨师圈子非常艰难，更不用说一步步攀登成功的阶梯，那时的人们并非如今天这样友好和开放。然而，通过坚持不懈和加倍勤奋，他最终赢得了欢呼声，向其他厨师证明他不仅可以，而且还是独一无二和别具特色。他成为了第一位非专业训练的厨师，虽然没有本身的餐厅，也没主持电视节目，却被邀请加入澳大利亚领先的顶级烹饪组织 “Les Toques Blanches”。Jeffrey 在分享成功故事时强调，这个过程不只是关于激情和承诺，但也必须知道如何品牌化和推销自身。“有时候，口碑的推广是依靠认知你的人们。”
为慈善公益事业而烹饪是他最自豪的成就之一。最初开始慈善烹饪的原意是庆贺扶轮社会员之间的友谊，共同分享鉴赏生活中欢愉的事物。不过，与其说是为了筹款，不如说是大家共度美好时光。正如哲学家伊壁鸠鲁曾说过，智慧能使人在一生中活出幸福感，其中最重要的是友谊。他补充，没有什么比与各方知音者们投入一场色香味盛宴和香醇红酒更能吸引人的了。目前，这名乐享烹饪的厨师在澳大利亚和国外举办慈善晚宴，为那些不幸者筹集资金。“筹款只是副产品，我们很幸运，到目前为止已经为慈善事业筹获近4百万澳元。”Jeffrey Tan 骄傲的说。
对于本身的烹饪风格，他简单归纳为具有亚洲风味的国际美食。至于他的非常规创作被其他人描述为“一种介于新派和非新派的传统烹饪技术，结合新鲜的澳大利亚农产食材，以及简单纯粹的创作和展示。”JefferyTan也是澳大利亚烹饪联盟(AustralianCulinary Federation)的成员，他最近还任命为义香(Ghee Hiang) 的品牌大使，这是一家拥有 162年悠久历史的传统品牌，以100%纯香麻油和传统手工制作的中式糕点闻名。