|Born||1983 (age 34–35)|
|Alma mater||Monash University|
|Awards||Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Award (2013, 2014)|
Janice Wong (born 1983) is a Singaporean pastry chef who owns 2am:dessert bar in Holland Village, 2am:lab, and Janice Wong Sweet Shop at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, all in Singapore.
Wong studied economics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and graduated in 2005. While there, she became more interested in food. She later enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Wong is influenced by Ferran Adrià and Grant Achatz. She established the 2am:dessert bar in 2007. In December 2014, she set up an eponymous shop at the Gardens by the Bay. It then moved to the ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands. The shop focuses on pasty as art and is described as "interactive, edible art". She has opened a dessert bar in Melbourne, and, in 2016, she will expand the 2am brand to Tokyo and Hong Kong, where she has localized the menu.
Wong appeared on an episode of MasterChef Australia season 7, where she challenged contestants to recreate her intricate dessert—the cassis plum. Wong launched a self-published cookbook in 2011 titled Perfection in Imperfection and co-authored a second cookbook in 2013 titled Dim Sum. She speaks internationally and says that she takes these opportunities in part to represent Singapore.
Wong won the title of Pastry Chef of the Year from the World Gourmet Summit Awards in 2011, 2013, and 2015; Best Dessert Restaurant in IS Magazine's readers' poll 2012–2014; Young Woman of the Year from Her World in 2012; and the "Asia's Best Pastry Chef" award from Restaurant magazine in 2013 and 2014.
Every year Wong has also showcased about 40 edible art exhibitions per year for public events and private. These include for high end fashion brands, car brands and skincare: Bally, Ferrari, Audi, Hermes, Olay, L’Occitane and many more. In 2016 she was featured at the Singapore Art Museum “Imaginarium”, which was a massive sugar coral installation. And in 2018 she will be working with Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan featuring the best of her works over 2 stories in the palace.
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Imagine taking 2 of life’s greatest pleasures and then opening a trendy premises in which to enjoy them well into the early hours of the morning. That’s what 2am:dessertbar founder Janice Wong did.
After studying the art of dessert-making on 3 different continents (including at Le Cordon Bleu Paris) award-winning chef Janice Wong bought her skills back to Singapore and opened 2am:dessertbar.
Edible art – Shades Of Purple at 2am:dessertbar
Janice’s creations cannot merely be called desserts though. Dreamed up from her incredible artistic mind they are delectable treats like nothing you have tasted before. Sweet is mixed with savoury, Asian mixed with Western, and each creation is served up looking like it belongs in an art gallery.
Janice has a unique approach to creating her desserts – she makes them with no prior references. To get into the zone she once blindfolded herself to see what she could create without her usual visual process. The results of these blind experiments are desserts like the Cassis Plum – a cassis bomb, elderflower yoghurt foam, plum liqueur and bamboo shoot. As the name suggests the delicate purple bomb explodes upon contact with the spoon and literally melts down the throat, until the bamboo shoot adds a sour aftershock.
Explosive! The Cassis Plum – cassis bomb, elderflower yoghurt foam & bamboo shoot
The menu also features spicy Chilli Chocolate (which packs an enjoyable kick) and Pandan Kaya (popular local flavours) crumbles, with a recommended wine pairing for each dessert. The barmen are just as busy concocting unique sweet cocktails as Janice and the team. As a confessed chocoholic I was immediately drawn to the (potent) chocolate martini, which was aptly served on the chocolate painted table, also created by Janice.
Packs a punch! Chilli Chocolate with wheat toast ice cream, honey & peanut butter
2am:dessert bar has recently introduced a high tea set for 2 ($45) which includes unexpected delights such as smoked popcorn root beer cake, truffle bars, chocolate bon bons, praline chocolate Pop Rocks cake and kaya pandan choux. (There is also an all-day savoury menu if the sweets get too much – something that has never happened to me!)
Chocoholics heaven – a chocolate martini on a chocolate painted table
Not surprisingly, 2am:dessertbar draws a crowd of stylish sweet-toothed patrons. Every Manhattan-esque booth was filled on the night of our visit with groups sharing bowls of churros and chocolate pralines.
This Winter you can find more of Janice’s sweet treats at the Supertree Grove in Gardens By The Bay. 2am:dessertbar will be hosting a pop up shop selling Janice’s new retail line of sweets and confections that will range from edible marshmallow and chocolate paintings, to cakepops and lollipops. Yum.
2am:dessertbar is open until 2am (obviously!) Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on a Monday. You can find it (and you really should!) at 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore.
For more drool-worthy information visit www.2amdessertbar.com.