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Filipino chef Johanne Siy of Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Lolla has been crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef 2023, an annual award by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, which recognizes female chefs who helm restaurants in the region.

The win is especially sweet for Singapore, which is hosting the 10th edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, as it marks the first time that a Singapore-based chef has bagged this award.

Siy will be one of the many culinary luminaries honoured at the in-person ceremony on 28 March. Asia’s gastronomic industry is expected to gather in the Republic for the live ceremony, which has been on hiatus for the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On clinching the award, Siy, who has been based in Singapore for nine years, says: “It is great validation for my team and I,  for all the hard work invested in bettering our craft every single day. I want to shine a spotlight on the work of remarkable women in our industry, in the hopes that one day we as a community can thrive and reach new heights by leveraging the symbiosis that a truly egalitarian workforce brings.”

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