“Our business is unique,” explains Peter, who is CEO of both Peter Knipp Holdings and Foodservice Consultants Singapore. “Very few people understand it completely, because is it three different but complementary disciplines.”
These three areas of expertise – events management, publishing and professional kitchen design – are influenced by Peter’s own experience as an internationally acclaimed chef, and an expression of his variety-loving personality. “Having achieved everything there was to achieve as a chef, I felt that I had a lot to offer in very different industries,” says Peter, who penned The Raffles Hotel Cookbook in 1994 based on his insider knowledge as the hotel’s executive chef.
Fascinated with Asia since he was a 14-year-old boy in Germany, Peter founded his eponymous company in SG in 1996. “I decided to set roots in Singapore, because I saw tremendous opportunity for it to be Asia’s the dining capital.” Today, his roots include a
long-time Singaporean wife, Siu Bee, and their two adult children.
And, thanks to his 22-years-strong World Gourmet Summit (WGS) – for which he brings the best chefs to Singapore and celebrates local talent – as well as his e-zine Cuisine & Wine Asia – the longest-running digital publication of its kind in Asia – the Red Dot is arguably a gastronomic capital of the world.
“My walls are full,” Peter notes of his lifetime of accolades, which include a gold medal from legendary chef Paul Bocuse and a top Singapore tourism award. But, he shares, “For me, this
Pay-it-Forward Award has become one of the most important awards there is.”
He clinched The Finder’s giving-back-focused award because of his long-time commitment to mentoring up-and-coming chefs – their own success, he says, is the “biggest reward there is” – as well as the $1.5 million his WGS raised for the National Kidney Foundation Singapore last year.
“Singapore has become one of the top countries in the world for diabetes-induced kidney failure,” says Peter, who has lost friends to the disease. “Singapore likes to be number one in a lot of things, but I think that’s a number one we don’t want to be! I felt, as the organiser of a food event, this is a responsibility issue. Teach people you can eat well, and live just as well.”
See more from Peter at the video, below.
About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. This 2018, a new batch of 23 Expatpreneur Awardees have been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission. (Find out more about the Expatpreneur Awards judge who coined the term “expat-preneur” in 2015 while you’re here!)
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder Issue 292
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