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Prof Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan, is Asia’s most renowned culinary personality. In addition to being the author of more than a dozen bestselling cookbooks and a multiple Gourmand World Cookbook Awards winner, Chef Wan has also hosted countless local and international television shows, and continues to be Malaysia’s representative at global gourmet events, world expos and tourism exhibitions.
In 2007, he was presented with the Lifetime Jury Award at the 2007 Prix La Mazille for his contributions as Malaysia’s culinary ambassador. He was also given the highest recognition for celebrity chefs internationally with the title of Best Celebrity Chef at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2009.
In 2010, Chef Wan became the first celebrity chef in Malaysia to be honoured with the title of Datuk by King Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. This was followed by his appointment as Culinary Ambassador by Tourism Malaysia and his stint as the Asian Food Channel’s resident chef. In 2013, he joined Fox TV to host a culinary series, East Bites West, that is currently broadcast on Fox National Geographic in 38 countries all over the world.
In 2015, Chef Wan received The BrandLaureate Brand Icon Leadership award and was named as one of the eight Icons of Malaysia, a recognition given by Malaysia's Prime Minister's Department. A year later, he was bestowed his second Datuk title by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang and was a recipient of the Darjah Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang (DSAP) award.
Most recently in 2017, he was appointed as adjunct professor to the Universiti Utara Malaysia’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management for his vast and invaluable experience as a chef, and he hopes to use this opportunity to share his knowledge and skills with the students and staff at the university.
Find out more about Chef Wan at www.mychefwan.com.