These home cooks-turned-culi­nary cre­atives have a lot on their plate

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE CULTURE -

TAN CH UN RONG (@xlb cr)

This 25-year-old started a blog three years ago to doc­u­ment his ad­ven­tures with food and share recipes. To­day, he is a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and food stylist with a clien­tele that boasts McDon­ald’s, Ne­spresso and count­less lo­cal restau­rants. He cap­tures dishes in soft light and cin­e­matic dark tones, in­ject­ing depth and sen­sual ap­peal to even the most ba­sic of burg­ers; while his web­site is a gold mine of el­e­vated Asian recipes, like cold somen with char­coal grilled beef cubes in ice kombu broth and green sage tea.

SA­MAN­THA LEE (@leesaman­tha)

What started as a way to get her chil­dren to eat in­de­pen­dently— and healthily—has gained this mum of two over 700,000 In­sta In­sta­gram fol­low­ers who love her w whim­si­cal plates of food that tell a story. Her var­ied in­spi­ra­tions trans­late into waf­fles shaped like Parisian land­marks and rice dishes in the form of fa­mous fe­males like Frida Kahlo and Adele. The pur­veyor of healthy-eat­ing now col­lab­o­rates with in­ter­na­tional brands from Turk­ish Air­lines to Hol­i­day Inn Ho­tels and Re­sorts, for which she’s trans­form­ing dishes from their kids’ menu int into de­li­cious food art.

From left: Tan Chun Rong’s cold somen with grilled beef. Sa­man­tha ha Lee’s Cinderella-in­spired rice andd eggs

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