From the age of 12, Chef Tan worked for his family-owned restaurant in Singapore. Later, he attended a hotel and catering school attached to an apprenticeship studying French cuisine under a European master chef at the Mandarin Hotel. Following graduation, he trained in the main kitchen at the Elbow Beach Hotel in Bermuda. Three years later, he moved to the United States and served as Assistant Chef Garde Manager at the Grand Central Hyatt New York. Relocating to Baltimore, he honed his executive chef skills at well-known landmark restaurants, hotels, and country clubs, and became active in many food competitions, earning several metals and judges awards. Today, he is Executive Chef for the highly-recognized Park Plaza Garden Restaurant located in Winter Park. He is a member of the American Culinary Association, National Restaurant Association, and Chaine Des Rotisseurs.
Joh Tan will cook on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on the Cooking Stage.