5-8 Sep 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speaker Profile

Kay-Lene Tan

Tonka

Melbourne-born, and Singapore-raised - This unique combination has fuelled the inspiration for Chef Kay-Lene Tan's creations. Growing up in a Peranakan household, she was always surrounded by great food. She started her culinary journey in Singapore, working for some of the world's best chefs such as Chef Joel Robuchon, and Chef Andres Lara.

She is currently the Executive Pastry Chef of Tonka and Coda in Melbourne, and was also recently made the Head Chef of Tonka. She was the recipient of the Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship 2018, which gave her the opportunity to work with Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn (San Francisco), and Ana Ros at Hisa Franko (Slovenia).

She was also the winner of the Rising Star award at the FoodService Magazine Women In FoodService Awards 2017, and the first runner-up in the San Pellegrino Young Chef Pacific 2015. Chef Kay-Lene creates dishes that are reminiscent of her time spent roaming the vibrant streets of Singapore with her family.

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