What was the first thing that ran through your minds when you first heard of the measures taken to curb the virus e.g. Social distance, circuit breakers? Why did you feel that way?
This is a situation that I believe not many people have ever experienced before. My immediate thoughts were what would happen to my daily routine, whether it be my personal or workplace routine. I was also concerned about the changes that I would need to make and the challenges that my team and I would need to face.
Almost at the same time, I was contacted by our Human Resources and Business Contingency team. They briefed us on the measures that our company has implemented across Southeast Asia and India to maximize business continuity and safeguarding employees’ safety.
We started with a split team arrangement and eventually fully working from home. Through these changes, while many were worried that work would be disrupted; I realized that we had the right level of capabilities and experiences to navigate through successfully as a team.
The Singapore branch of this business is a part of the international market, with ties to offices in Europe, America, Asia, and others. With the various government measures being input in the different regional offices, how have your colleagues in the overseas markets been coping?
We have a global policy which is implemented following local regulation. It was certainly not easy for our colleagues in Europe, but we started the process, prepared for it, and we didn’t underestimate the problem since it first started here in Asia.
Interestingly, we are now more connected and closer with our overseas colleagues as compared to pre-Covid-19 due to the increasing number of video conferencing calls – I used to be skeptical of video conferencing calls. Now, we are very comfortable with using it.
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Hungry For More
Chef Matt Moran is a household name in Australia, especially in his hometown of Sydney. The chef, who turned 51 this year, is not just known for his work multiple television shows involving Food Like Masterchef Australia, the great Australian bake off and chopping block. The chef is also a well-known restaurateur of a number of successful restaurants, which include aria sydney, aria brisbane, chiswick, opera bar, river bar & kitchen, north bondi fish and chiswick at the gallery. He also owns Aria Catering, an event company, and he’s a part of the International culinary panel in Singapore Airlines.
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Going To California
Daisuke Kawai is the co-founder and Chief Sommelier at La Terre. He’s received numerous accolades that include Best Sommelier of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit’s World Gourmet Awards for 2013, 2017, and 2019, Bar Manager of the Year 2018, Bar of the Year 2018 and Old World Wine List of the Year 2018. He’s been a panel judge at wine competitions such as the Asia Wine and Spirits Awards and has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the F&B industry. We ask him to sit down and taste wines from California, while he shares his expertise and knowledge with the readers of Cuisine & Wine Asia. All these wines are easily available for purchase in the Singapore market, and can easily match with local delights.
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