IG­NATIUS AND JAN­ICE

IGGY’S

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Savour Feature -

If any­one can at­test to the joys and strug­gle of run­ning a suc­cess­ful restau­rant—one that has, over the past 13 years, helped de­fine Sin­ga­pore’s fine­din­ing scene—these two love birds would be the poster cou­ple. Though not a chef, Ig­natius Chan’s deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for fine food is matched by his love for fine wines—and as an ac­claimed som­me­lier, it’s safe to say it’s a well-founded ado­ra­tion. But it also has to be said that his wife Jan­ice Wong is his big­gest pil­lar of sup­port, work­ing closely with the team. She sup­ports him in all as­pects, but def­i­nitely lets him take charge of the cre­ative di­rec­tion re­gard­ing menus, pair­ings, re­search and devel­op­ment.

Our love of gas­tron­omy and travel have al­ways been fun­da­men­tal to our re­la­tion­ship, even from the time we first met

HAS A MU­TUAL LOVE OF GAS­TRON­OMY BROUGHT YOU CLOSER?

She said: Yes, I def­i­nitely think so. I was def­i­nitely not as at­tuned to the world of food and wine, un­til years af­ter we started go­ing out to­gether. Our love of gas­tron­omy and travel have al­ways been fun­da­men­tal to our re­la­tion­ship, even from the time we first met. He said: Def­i­nitely. As a cou­ple, when you have mu­tual pas­sions for food, it be­comes truly in­te­grated within your lives.

DID YOU IMAG­INE WORK­ING TO­GETHER WOULD BE RO­MAN­TIC?

She said: No, I’m not par­tic­u­larly fond of the idea, but I’m def­i­nitely get­ting used to it af­ter 13 years! He said: We did not think we would work to­gether ini­tially. Prior to this, Jan­ice had a job in the aero­space in­dus­try, but I des­per­ately needed some­one that I trusted to help me out when I started the restau­rant in 2004.

HOW HAS SPEND­ING THAT MUCH TIME TO­GETHER SHAPED THE RE­LA­TION­SHIP?

She said: It has been a jour­ney. But we have got­ten to a level where we both know what each of us are good at. We may not nec­es­sar­ily agree on ev­ery­thing, but we agree to dis­agree. He said: Over time, we have def­i­nitely adapted to each other’s work styles. We both re­alised we should not be talk­ing about work at home or in bed. It’s im­por­tant to be able keep them sep­a­rate and just wait un­til the next day to talk about what tran­spired at work when we are both in the of­fice.

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