February 28, 2018

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, A WORLDCHEFS Approved Culinary School, Announces Lopen Namgay Tenzin as its First Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship honors Chef Christie  and continues his legacy and impact on the culinary world 



SINGAPORE – January 18, 2018 – At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, a Worldchefs Approved culinary school, is pleased to announce Lopen Namgay Tenzin as the first recipient of their Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship. Lopen Namgay is Principal of Phajoding Monastery in Bhutan, a refuge for underprivileged or orphaned boys. Lopen Namgay will relay his culinary skills and knowledge from his time with At-Sunrice in Singapore back home where he will teach and mentor members of the Guide Association of Bhutan. This partnership solidifies At-Sunrice’s commitment to culinary education worldwide and continues the legacy of Chef Christie, the former executive chef of Marina Bay Sands, as a culinary mentor and teacher. 

Lopen Namgay will travel to Singapore from January 21-February 11, 2018, for a three-week immersion study programme where he will learn from leaders with At- Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. While visiting Singapore, he will attend classes and receive hands-on training from At-Sunrice chefs. He will learn how to make basic pizza dough and recipes and prepare Asian and Western vegetarian cuisines. His visit concludes with a pizza (without using oven) making competition and a certificate presentation before traveling back to Bhutan to educate the young monks at the Phajoding Monastery and members of the Guide Association of Bhutan. 



 According to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, 209,570 travelers visited Bhutan in 2016. Bhutan trekking guides embark on multi-day journeys, leading tourists across the country and cooking for them along the way. Lopen Namgay will work with the guides and guide cooks, teaching them foundation skills and techniques, including new and innovative ways to prepare quality meals using the seasonal produce and vegetables of Bhutan for international travelers. 

“Teaching is at the core of the Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship, and mentoring was important to Chef Christie,” said Dr. Kwan Lui, founder and director of At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. “Through his visit to At-Sunrice, Lopen Namgay will pursue his passion for cooking while empowering him to be a teacher and further impact the culinary landscape of Bhutan.” 


At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy’s Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship remembers and honors Chef Christie and his numerous contributions to the culinary world, in both Singapore and around the globe. In addition to his time as executive chef of Marina Bay Sands, Chef Christie mentored more than 200 At-Sunrice culinary students. He won the World Gourmet Summit Award of Excellence in both 2014 and 2017. Chef Christie died on June 30, 2017, after battling cancer. In October 2017, Dr. Kwan Lui was on a trekking trip guided by Garab Dorji, the president of the Guide Association in Bhutan, where she met Lopen Namgay while visiting the Phajoding Monastery. Lopen Namgay and Chef Christie’s shared belief in the Buddhist faith and culinary education made Lopen Namgay the ideal first candidate for the scholarship program. 

“Lopen Namgay’s visit brings together several Singaporean culinary professionals who share in Chef Christie’s love for food and passion to teach,” said Dr. Kwan Lui. “The Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship Program is a way for us to carry on the legacy and teachings of one of our culinary greats. It is yet another example of how culinary education has the power to reach individuals in all corners of the world and influence lives. We look forward to hosting Lopen Namgay, enabling him to pursue his culinary passion and carry on these teachings to others in Bhutan.” 


Lopen Namgay completed his Master of Buddhist Philosophy at Tango Buddhist University in Thimphu and a three-year meditation in Genekha under the instruction of His Eminence Dorji Lopen. He has previously held the position of head teacher at Phajoding Monastic School. 

At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy will continue to identify and host recipients of the Chef Christopher Christie Scholarship to remember the culinary great. 



 At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy is a Worldchefs Approved culinary school. The Worldchefs Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program seeks to recognize educational companies, associations and institution's which offer culinary and pastry art programs of various design and size and meet or exceed global standards for quality culinary education as established by the Worldchefs Education Committee. Recognized companies, associations and institutions share in the future development of Worldchefs global standards as the list of recognized programs continues to expand around the world.

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