It Changed My Life: She gave up high finance to be a chef

Ms Petrina Loh's father ignited her love of food from a young age. She left a high-flying banking job to pursue her passion for cooking. Today, she is the owner of Morsels, which serves dishes inspired by her childhood and travels.
Miss Petrina Loh, owner of Morsels, also does guest stints in restaurants and pop-ups abroad. She says: "I don't just cook. I manage the business and everything else including the marketing. Some days, I'm like a zombie." But she has no regrets about
Miss Petrina Loh, owner of Morsels, also does guest stints in restaurants and pop-ups abroad. She says: "I don't just cook. I manage the business and everything else including the marketing. Some days, I'm like a zombie." But she has no regrets about giving up a rewarding career in banking for the stove and cooking pot.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

The money's not great, the hours are bad, but restaurateur thrives on keeping diners happy

Flashing an impish grin, Petrina Loh declares: "I think I'm smack down the middle."

She is talking about brain dominance and reckons she is ambidextral, someone who is equally adept at methodical, logical left-brain processing and creative, artistic right-brain thinking.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 15, 2019, with the headline 'Dancer, banker, chef: A life bursting with flavours'. Print Edition | Subscribe