From Selling Rooms to Cooking Fun and it All Started with a Bike Ride.
By Yeoh Siew Hoon
Monday, 20th May 2013
Inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's "Long Way Round", former Singapore hotelier Daniel Tan got on a motorcycle and did a three-month ride across Asia.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryHe had just completed his MBA while working with Pan Pacific Hotels Group and decided to quit his marketing job to take on this motorcycle adventure.

After he returned, Tan decided to quit the hotel business and today, he runs Food Playground, which promises "hands-on cooking fun".

"The more you study, the more you analyse, the more you rationalize. I wanted to do something different. The trip cleared my mind. If I hadn't done the trip, I wouldn't have taken this step," said Tan.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryTan opened Food Playground last September. During his motorcycle trip, he had attended a couple of cooking classes.

"They were all run by chefs, the atmosphere was tense, and sometimes it kills the joy of learning. Amateurs cannot chop garlic as quickly and we pay not to get scolded, right?

"Singapore also doesn't have a cooking culture – it's so cheap to eat outside. And now we get young couples coming to learn to cook with us."

Food Playground, housed in a shophouse in Craig Road, offers cooking classes taught not by professional chefs but stay-home mums and retirees with a passion for cooking and preserving Singapore and Asian food culture.

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