Nurturing younger chefs was an area that was close to the heart of Marina Bay Sands’ late executive chef, Christopher Christie. It was therefore fitting that the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy (At-Sunrice) – an institution that Chef Christie worked closely with during his career – chose to honor him through an annual scholarship in his name.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Bhutanese monk Lopen Namgay Tenzin, 37. The affable monk, who heads the Phajoding Monastery in Bhutan, a refuge for underprivileged or orphaned boys, was in Singapore recently for a training with At-Sunrice. At the invitation of Marina Bay Sands, Tenzin also toured the vast kitchens that groomed many culinary talents under Chef Christie and met his protégés and mentors.
"I have never seen a wok bigger than a person before or a kitchen that serves so many people,” Tenzin said. “You are doing something amazing here, and you've inspired me. I am so grateful for the scholarship and the opportunity to meet the wonderful people whom Chef Christopher Christie has had an impact on. I am now one of them, although indirectly. Thank you. I am so grateful."
Tenzin will relay his culinary skills and knowledge from his time in Singapore back home to teach and mentor members of the Guide Association of Bhutan.
Under Chef Christopher Christie, 192 students from At-Sunrice spanning over 10 countries trained in the properties restaurants. Chef was At-Sunrice’s GlobalChef Award recipient in 2011, and was consistently voted by students for the Mentor Chef Award in recognition of his effort, dedication, and passion.