New Waves

L'OFFICIEL Singapore|July 2020

New Waves
We profile the local changemakers that have risen to the challenge during a period of social isolation. Here are their stories.
Kimberly Ong
Janice Wong: Pastry Chef

Bottega Residency, the virtual multi-platform concept by luxury house Bottega Veneta tapped Singaporean talent for their roster, and it is none other than home-grown pastry chef Janice Wong. The owner of 2am:dessertbar and sweet concept label Janice Wong Singapore is the first local name to be featured in this project.

She also recently launched a Bake At Home series, where you can shop for premix cake packs, baking ingredients, equipment and accessories so you and your family can easily replicate some of Janice’s all-time favourites and classics at home.

You are the first Singaporean to be featured as a part of Bottega Residency, tell us about how it came about?

I was contacted by email and phone by Bottega and they explained the residency program, which I found very interesting and inspiring – it was certainly a surprise for me to be the first from Singapore to be featured.

A lot of us have discovered, or rediscovered baking from home. As a renowned pastry chef, how does baking personally give you joy?

I have been baking much from home after work since the Circuit Breaker as I haven’t been able to travel anymore. Thus, with more time, baking for my family has become more of a joy. Most of our premix recipes from my Bake At Home Series are created based on memories of my childhood, which is what I enjoy to bake for mum and dad – such as my Butter Cake premix.

Kinetic Singapore: Boutique design, advertising and interactive agency

This creative agency is bringing the heart back to contactless deliveries with a #ThankYouDeliveryHeroes initiative for our essential workers. The 15-person team, including co-founder Mr Pann Lim, and his colleagues, made 24 illustrated posters, featuring tongue-in-cheek sentences, such as “you make my day bloom even though I’m stuck on zoom” that were circulated on social media and made available to download on their website.

What sparked your #ThankYouDeliveryHeroes initiative?

It began with a designer in our creative team who was thinking out loud about the current contactless delivery norm during one of our Zoom meets, about how it’s so cold, and she said: “how about if we make posters for them?”. And everybody on the team loved how this was so meaningful. Getting to work right away, we took about a week to write and design the posters, as well as cobble together a simple website.

Was there anything from the public response that surprised you?

We loved that those who do not own a printer actually took the effort to recreate our posters by hand. Some even went one step further and came up with their own designs. And it is really heartening to see parents getting their kids involved in this thank you effort, making it a family art and craft activity while teaching the young ones about love and kindness.

How else do you think we can show compassion for one another here in Singapore?

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July 2020