Image of IGS8079 sm in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino

Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong’s Home Kitchen Studio

Tags: Dekton, Kitchen, Projects | 6 months ago | Written by: Cosentino

    Image of IGS8079 sm in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, self-taught chef Lennard Yeong took an unconventional route to become one of Singapore's food world fastest-rising stars after emerging a finalist on the first season of MasterChef Asia. He has since amassed a loyal following on his social media and is presently the resident-in-house chef at Miele. Having recently renovated his home to include a kitchen studio featuring Dekton® Rem, we visited Lennard while he was in action to talk about his favourite cuisine and find out what the perfect kitchen means to him. Image of IGS8052 sm in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino What's your favourite cuisine? Japanese would be my favourite cuisine because I feel like the flavours suit my palate the best. As I grow older, I appreciate dishes that are lighter but very tasty and the Japanese diet generally suits that. I also love the philosophy of the cuisine where the emphasis is on hyper seasonality and also an emphasis of a well-balanced and nutritious meal. What do you enjoy most about cooking and where do you draw inspiration from when cooking up a new dish? To be honest, the more I cook for people, the more I realise that the food is secondary to the experience and the occasion it provides. Not that the food can be bad, but I find the most joy from bringing people together. The nature of my work is quite flexible, so I really get to play around with the cuisines I make. I love this because I can draw inspiration from anywhere- social media, books, maybe I want to try a few techniques or a new cuisine, I get to explore and learn constantly. What's your idea of the perfect kitchen? I think in the last few years the amount of technology available to the home consumer is incredible. Some of the technology that used to be available only in commercial kitchens are now available at home, things like a combi oven. Before working for Miele, I never knew that these things existed because my kitchen was always very basic. But having a high-tech kitchen really helps to make cooking more consistent and makes the chef's life easier and more efficient. Image of IGS8027 scaled in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino Why did you decide to choose Dekton Rem for your kitchen?  I looked around at other materials but ultimately settled on Dekton because of my fully integrated hob. There are times when I have to place hot pots and pans on the counter and having a Dekton countertop just gives me more ease of mind in the kitchen knowing that it can handle the heat. The patterns on the stone is really beautiful. It  integrates seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen but it also stands out and looks strong on its own. That's the beauty of a good stone countertop. Image of IGS8037 sm 1 in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino Image of IGS8159 scaled in Dekton® Rem taking centre stage in Chef Lennard Yeong's Home Kitchen Studio - Cosentino It's been some months since you started cooking in your new kitchen. What do you like most about it? I love the backsplash area, I can decorate it according to the season. Change the flowers, change what I display... it makes the same space feel different everytime. I used to dine seated around the dining table, but with the new island kitchen layout, I learn that I actually love eating breakfast or lunch by myself at the counter, it just has a different feel for a quick bite. Any tips for the aspiring home chefs on how to put together a functional kitchen that allows their creativity to thrive? I think the best way to learn is through experience. Look at your current kitchen and ask yourself what you would change. Ask your friends who have just renovated about their experiences. They will definitely look out for things that you wouldn't even think about. There are also so many design social media accounts, always save the ones you like so that you can build your dream space when the time comes.