If you find yourself strolling Singapore’s Middle Road’s Fortune Center, and have a reservation made crazy-far in advance, you may be one of the lucky few to experience Chef Aeron Choo and her omaskase-style Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar.
According to Mothership, Chef Choo “dazzles” customers with her skills and showmanship. As Singapore’s first female chef-owner to open a Kappou-style restaurant, she has faced a lot of triumph and rejection over the course of her career—which started at age 14.
Mothership says that, “without a doubt—as a female chef in a male-dominated scene, Choo has had to put in twice as much effort and hard work just to succeed.”
In the article, Chef Choo shares some very outdated stereotypes about female chefs she’s had to fight, including one she says is tied to periods and the thought that women can’t taste as well during it.
But her dedication to her art is incredible. Chef Choo discusses how it’s not about the money for her, it’s about the quality and the customers. She explains they are the people who helped her though a scary battle with a tumor—discovered after she collapsed during service one night—and her journey to health.
Chef Choo truly is an inspiration personally and professionally. Definitely take a few minutes to read her in-depth profile.
If you can’t make it to Singapore anytime soon, read about Michelin-starred Chef Mariya Russle and her omakase concept here in America.