Lunch With Sumiko

Sweet dreams are made of this

Dessert queen Janice Wong tells Executive Editor Sumiko Tan that chefs need an identity, and must innovate

Ms Wong's chestnut quince cake is featured on the poster of the movie Ottolenghi And The Cakes Of Versailles.
(Left) She studied economics but Ms Janice Wong embarked on a career in pastry making instead. Since setting up a dessert bar in 2007, a constant stream of new projects has kept the chef-artist in the public eye. She is known for her “edible art” where rooms are transformed into sugary wonderlands. (Right) Ms Wong's chestnut quince cake is featured on the poster of the movie Ottolenghi And The Cakes Of Versailles.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHU; PHOTO: JANICE WONG SINGAPORE

In 2005 when she was 21, pastry chef Janice Wong was in such a bad car accident that her right leg nearly had to be amputated.

She was on an exchange study programme in Australia and travelling with her then-fiance and her best friend. Their car had just disembarked from the Melbourne-Tasmania ferry when a drunk driver crashed into them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2020, with the headline 'Sweet dreams are made of this'. Print Edition | Subscribe