From courtroom to kitchen, taking the career path less travelled

Ms Lynette Zheng went from lawyer to chef as she finds most joy in the kitchen. She set up a pop-up food business, Crack, before starting a private supper club at her own home. This month, she is travelling to find out about new cuisines and how diff
Ms Lynette Zheng went from lawyer to chef as she finds most joy in the kitchen. She set up a pop-up food business, Crack, before starting a private supper club at her own home. This month, she is travelling to find out about new cuisines and how different kitchens work around the world.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Many young people are taking the career path less travelled and finding jobs that are outside their fields of study or unrelated to their work experience. The Straits Times speaks to one of these intrepid explorers in the second instalment of a four-part series.

One-time lawyer Lynette Zheng has made one of the more dramatic career changes, with her leap from the cloistered halls of jurisprudence to the steamy confines of a restaurant kitchen.

The world of litigation seemed to be her destiny after four years of law school at the National University of Singapore. But after about five years of work at a law firm, Ms Zheng, 29, decided to venture into the unknown last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2018, with the headline 'From courtroom to kitchen'. Print Edition | Subscribe