KUALA LUMPUR — Kwen Liew is the first Malaysian woman to receive a Michelin star, awarded for her restaurant in Paris just seven months after it opened.
The restaurant, Pertinence, co-owned by Ipoh-born Liew and her Japanese husband Ryuosuke Naito, received the star in the 2018 Michelin Guide France for its French cuisine.
“Just seven months after opening their restaurant, Japanese Ryunosuke Naito (who trained at some of the most prestigious restaurants in Paris, including Taillevent and Le Meurice) and Malaysian Kwen Liew (a trained pastry chef) were awarded a Michelin Star for their interpretations of French cuisine,” the guide said.
“Ryu carefully and expertly transforms market-fresh ingredients into succulent classical French dishes, brushing away the cobwebs of tradition along the way.”
South China Morning Post reported Liew was one of only two women chefs who won the Michelin star in the prestigious restaurant and hotel guide book this year.
Another Ipoh-born, Chan Hon Meng, won a star in 2016 for his hawker stall in Singapore that sold soya sauce chicken rice and noodles.