Chef Artist Janice Wong talks vision literally and figuratively as the new brand ambassador of the 1 DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE with LACREON® contact lenses.
To push her creative boundaries, distinguished Singaporean pastry chef artist Janice Wong embarked on a blind test – literally. She shut off her sense of sight for 72 hours straight for the first time and experienced a myriad of emotions: excitement in the beginning, then fear, and finally empathy.
We speak to the new brand ambassador of the 1 DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE with LACREON® contact lenses about her stimulating and thought-provoking experience, and the challenges she faced as a successful woman in a predominantly male environment that gave her a powerful, distinctive visual identity.
Why desserts to display your culinary skills?
I love sweets; I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Growing up in Japan, I shoved cream puffs in my mouth when I was a kid. Just the memory of those sweets was so amazing that it just resonated with me. I never limited myself to just sweets, I focused on it but I could really take, for example, any ingredient like miso (that’s widely used in savory dishes) to my sweets.
What challenge(s) did you face when you first started?
Being a woman is definitely not easy in our industry. I’ve worked in kitchens in Melbourne with 20 men and I was the only little girl. It’s inevitable; it’s a male-dominated industry. You can’t be working 15 to 16 hours and still take care of your family. You just can’t do that. You’ve got to be a different breed of woman. It is difficult, so that is one of my challenges — being a female in this male dominated industry.
How do you stay sharp at all times?
I think the main thing is my focus. I’ve always been very calm. There are problems everyday. I will just take it in, and solve (the) problems. I’m never saying ‘this happened’ and I never use that energy to rant. It’s very important to keep moving forward. That’s how we churn efficiency. We are so progressive that we don’t have time to rant or to think about what happened in the past. I think it has always been about being very focused, very determined and (to move) forward.