My Weekend

Mr Dixon Chan likes to cook on weekends.
Mr Dixon Chan likes to cook on weekends.PHOTO: JOHN KUAN

Mr Dixon Chan, 30, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Burpple, a food discovery website and smartphone application launched in 2012.

Burpple also organises Tastemaker tours, where participants go on a food tour in Singapore, led by the Burpple community's most active members.

Mr Chan lives with his wife in a four-room Housing Board flat in Buangkok.

How do you spend your weekend?

Every weekend is different, but it is centred on family, friends, food, reading and church. I also like to explore and dine at a restaurant I haven't been to.

What do you do when you have a weekend free?

I like to cook for the people I care about and have enjoyable conversations. YouTube has everything I need to be a good cook. Cooking is an easy way for me to express myself and show them that I care. Asking them "is it too salty?" or "the food isn't hot enough?" - that's caring.

Which are your favourite restaurants?

Cheek by Jowl in Boon Tat Street because the chef cares. I recently celebrated my wife's birthday there. As she was served the five-course chef's special, I was also served the same for a few courses because Chef Rishi Naleendra did not want me to wait while she was eating. That's special.

What are your hobbies?

Besides cooking, I like to read writing that pushes me to think deeply, and design-related content, such as design, business and technology blog Signal v. Noise.

I'm also a Manchester United fan.

If you could hang out with anybody for a weekend, who would it be and why?

My wife. Because if you think about the things you do and ask yourself the five whys - a set of questions people use to determine the root cause of problems, which I use to help discover the true purpose of the things I do - it'll most likely lead to your spouse or family.

If you could go somewhere for a weekend, where would it be and why?

A road trip to meet the CEOs of Tesla, Apple and Facebook and ask to read their notebooks. I'd love to read the details of what the future can be.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe