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Chef Ming and the Craft of French Pastries

Chef Ming and the Craft of French Pastries

Sable tarts, choux pastries, verrines and chocolate petite gateaux make great desserts for fine dining experience. To the average consumer, these exquisite French pastries are very beautiful to look at and enjoy with friends and family. What about learning from an expert to make them on your own? On 19 August 2016, Chef Yong Ming Choong conducted a pastry masterclass, which was co-organised by e2i and Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Eight chefs from various hotels signed up for this masterclass, which was a great opportunity for the participants to learn and to network with each other. e2i chatted with Chef Ming to find out more about his thoughts of being a pastry chef. Tell us more about the masterclass that you are teaching today. This is my first time conducting a masterclass for professional junior pastry chefs. Normally we organise small classes in the hotel for guests only. For to ...

Hotel ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson innovates pool cleaning and bed-making tasks

Hotel ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson innovates pool cleaning and bed-making tasks

Before Hotel ibis Styles at Macpherson opened its doors earlier in April this year, its management identified potential challenges the property was likely to face. To tackle the hotel industry’s labour shortage, the hotel decided to adopt automation and simple ideas to improve productivity and make processes more manpower lean. The management engaged e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) to tap on the Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP) and through it, the hotel implemented productivity initiatives such as the Pool Cleaning Robot and customised beds. Pool Cleaning Robot It is common practice in the hotel industry for workers to be tasked to clean swimming pools, on top of doing general cleaning. This task can take anywhere from three to four hours each night during the pool’s closing hours. “Running hotels with pools, you need to task workers to clean the pools every night an ...

Singapore Jobs: Working with Horses

Singapore Jobs: Working with Horses

We're featuring some of Singapore's unconventional jobs... working with horses. Nicola shares her experience about her job as a horse groomer in the equine (horse) industry and why she is simply passionate about it. ...

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