Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Singapore Hotelier/Restaurateur Delivers Keynote at the CIA Commencement

Singapore – Loh Lik Peng, founder and director of the Unlisted Collection, delivered the commencement address to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America on September 15. Unlisted Collection is an umbrella brand that comprises high-quality hotel properties and restaurants in Singapore, London, Shanghai, and Sydney. Mr. Peng advised 38 bachelor’s degree recipients to be original.

“The best chefs I have worked with have been original in their creativity in the kitchen,” said Mr. Peng, whose Singapore properties include Hotel 1929, New Majestic Hotel, Wanderlust Hotel, and 14 restaurants, including Restaurant Andre, Burnt Ends, Cheek by Jowl, Bincho, Majestic, Pollen, and Esquina. “Learn your craft, but let your personality and passion shine through in your cooking.”

At age 42, Mr. Peng has already earned many career honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 World Gourmet Summit, the 2011 Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Singapore Experience Awards, and the 2004 New Tourism Entrepreneur Award from the Singapore Tourism Board.

Despite his success, Mr. Peng told graduates he has also had many setbacks during his career. He relied on good people to help him through difficult times. “Surround yourself with people who matter. Never be afraid to ask for help and never be stingy when someone asks for your help,” Mr. Peng advised.

These graduates began their CIA studies in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology in 2014 after completing a three-year polytechnique diploma programme. Credits from previous business management courses transferred, allowing students to complete their four-year degree with two years of the CIA’s unparalleled hands-on culinary training and certain required liberal arts courses.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Loh Lik Peng with the graduating class of The Culinary Institute of America. Mr. Peng delivered the commencement address at the CIA Singapore on September 15, 2016. His Singapore-based Unlimited Collection operates high-quality hotels and restaurants on three continents. (Photo credit: Esther Leong/CIA)
View hi-res image >

Media Contact:

Eve Felder
Managing Director
+(65) 8383 9134 (HP) or 6780 6382 (DID)

About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About Singapore Institute of Technology
Established in 2009, SIT is an institution funded by the Ministry of Education offering undergraduate degree programmes primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world’s top industry-focused degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy. Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education. SIT has been slated to become the fifth public university in Singapore by the government.

# # #

Contact Us

Media Relations
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-451-1457