Sam and Forest Leong
Sam and Forest Leong are co-founders of Sam.Leong@Forest Cooking School. The couple has more than 25 years of experience between them and started out working as chefs before branching out into culinary education and writing cookbooks.
Sam was previously the Corporate Chef and Director of Kitchens for the Tung Lok Group and has been awarded numerous accolades in prestigious culinary events. He was named Best Asian Ethnic Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2009 (Regional), and Executive Chef of the Year and Chef of the Year in 2005. He was also named Chef of the Year at the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2006/2007. He also received the 2008 Five-Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Today, Sam continues to shape the culinary landscape in the region as a consultant to top restaurants and appearing as guest chef in various establishments.
Forest established her culinary calling at a young age as an apprentice to her chef father in the kitchen in Thailand. The professionally trained chef has since become one of the most prominent cooking instructors in Singapore. Her role as a cooking instructor at community centres has not only taught budding cooks the intricacies of Thai home cooking but has also encouraged home cooks that whipping up delicious and wholesome meals on a daily basis is not as daunting as it sounds.