The Malaysian Pastry Team gloriously won the 2018 Asian Pastry Cup, which is a bi-annual event representing gifted chefs of the region contesting for not only regional accolade but to compete for the World Pastry Cup - Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, being held in Lyon (France) in January 2019.
Team Malaysia was headed by the coach of the team, Patrick Siau, who is the Head Chef and Teaching Fellow for the School of Hospitality at Sunway University. Chef Patrick’s colleagues in the team were Tan Wei Loon, Executive Pastry Chef for the Academy of Pastry Arts and Otto Tay, Corporate Chef for Dobla Asia Co. Ltd. As well as being Asia’s pastry champions, they also won an award for the ‘Best Display’, indicating their artistic talent, imaginative sensibilities and creative abilities.
The Asian Pastry Cup competition was a highly competitive and demanding event, lasting two days, involving such teams as Australia, China, India, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and Taiwan. Team Malaysia provided an expression of Kabuki, which is a Japanese classical theatre involving dancing and singing, along with a plated dessert and a chocolate dessert composed of a salted streusel base layered with chocolate pain de gene, medium roasted coffee ganache, bailey’s cremeux, Mandarin yuzu jelly and chocolate mousse. This was well planned, developed and executed.
"We are very happy to be crowned as champions again. It was not an easy journey for us given our daily work routine and work requirements. But we managed to overcome all the obstacles because of the trust that we had for each other. We will work even harder from now on in order to achieve our larger dream in Lyon. Importantly, we need to always stay humble and grateful of our achievements" said Chef Patrick Siau. Team Malaysia was accompanied by a supporting group from the School of Hospitality, which included Chef Queeny Cheong Peg Gie, Chef Chong Wei Tzeh and student interns.
The Dean of the School of Hospitality at Sunway University, Professor Marcus Lee Stephenson, said “As soon as we heard that Chef Patrick and his team won the Asian Pastry Cup we were very delighted because we were proud of his leadership, as well as the team’s great efforts to win this prestigious event. It is very good to know that the School of Hospitality is directly associated with such talent and expertise, aligned to international benchmarks. This school strives for excellence at every level and this is very clear evidenced in relation to pastry production and presentation, which is one of our central strengths and this is reflected in Chef Patrick’s leadership and accomplishments. Well done Chef Patrick and Team Malaysia!”