Getting to know kitchen superstar Chef Bruce Lim
His name may sound like a TV action superstar, but Bruce Lim proved himself to be a superstar of his own – a kitchen superstar.
Chef Bruce Lim, the Filipino-Chinese chef that we would often see in Asian Food Channel, shared to Manila Bulletin how his career started and how his favorite chefs influenced his cooking techniques.
The man behind the Chef’s Table said that at first, achieving culinary education wasn’t a piece of cake.
“When I first started my culinary career there were not many chefs in the industry who would take the time to train a new cook. So I had to travel outside the Philippines to find the education I needed. I went to school in London and trained under a few good chefs. “, Lim told Manila Bulletin.
He said that it was Andrew Males, one of his instructors at Le Cordon Bleu London, who helped him hone his skills.
“I would write him through snail mail before Facebook and email was available. To this day, we still chat, and I get some of the best advice from him.” he recalled.
In terms of methods, Lim said that he is more of a conventional type of chef, who upholds traditional techniques of cooking.
“I am a classic kind of chef, I like the way things were done back in the day.” he said.
Given the opportunity, he said that he would love to work with Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boloud in the kitchen.
“To me they all made an impact on the way food is handled and appreciated. I know there are younger chefs making waves, but in my eyes these guys are legends!”, he said.
Apart from cooking, Lim also finds time to pursue his other interests. Asian Food Channel website said that when not in the kitchen, Chef Bruce enjoys kickboxing and playing online games.