Liz: So Zoey, how do you choose your songs?
Zoey: I just see what’s new and I just choose that song.
Liz: How do you practice?
Zoey: Sometimes I just sing throughout the day and sometimes I just sing at the last minute.
Liz: When did you find out that you liked to sing?
Zoey: When I was two i was standing on the coffee table i heard a song from Aladdin.
Liz: What happened next?
Zoey: My mum enrolled me into singing school and she continues to help me in that way.
Liz: Besides singing, what else do you like to do?
Zoey: I like to dance. My mum sends me to do ballet. She works quite hard to support what I like to do.
Liz: So if you get a singing agent to get you some singing jobs would it be your mum?
Liz: Fiona, tell us about how your career as a chef started?
Fiona: Originally, I was born and raised in Canada but had a unique tie to Brunei because of my parents. I would come back to Brunei during holidays and noticed that there were a lot of local foods and other delicacies but the North American selections were quite limited and healthier choices were also limited.
That’s when I realised that there was an opportunity to start something up. The fact that I love food also helped.
Liz: You also acquired a Degree in Nutrition while in Canada? Tell us about it.
Fiona: I went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I always wanted to do something with food so how I chose my degree was to look and see if it had anything to do with food. The degree in food nutrition allowed me to venture into more healthier cooking styles and methods.
Liz: You have a keen interest in local produce. Can you tell us more about that?
Fiona: In Vancouver, there is an emphasis on being sustainable in regards to environment and also how to support local businesses. I carried that concept to Brunei and am using it at the restaurant so a lot of the ingredients that we use are local ingredients.
Liz: How long has the restaurant been operating?
Fiona: The restaurant opened January 15th last year so its been a year and a half
Here’s Chef Fiona’s Hummus Dip for all to try.
3 cups of cooked chickpeas
1 head of roasted garlic
½ cup of tahini
Approximately 2 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste
Put everything in a blender and voila!
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