Pertinence, co-owned by Ipoh-born Liew (right) and her Japanese husband Ryuosuke Naito, received one Michelin star in the 2018 Michelin Guide France. — Picture via Pertinence RestaurantKUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — 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 one Michelin star in the 2018 Michelin Guide France for its French cuisine.
“Ryu carefully and expertly transforms market-fresh ingredients into succulent classical French dishes, brushing away the cobwebs of tradition along the way,” said Michelin.
The South China Morning Post reported that Liew was one out 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 Michelin star in 2016 for his hawker stall in Singapore that sold soya sauce chicken rice and noodles.