Cherish Finden may have been in London for 20 years, but she still craves the bold flavours of Singaporean cuisine. “I usually go home every year but the last time I was there was before lockdown,” she says. Having been away from home for two years, Finden sorely misses Singaporean dishes and her family’s cooking but a silver lining is that the flavours she holds close to her heart are often laced in her delectable modern creations.
Called one of the “grand dames of the British pastry”, the award-winning chef is known for meticulously-crafted desserts and pastries throughout her long career in luxury hospitality. Finden is perhaps most familiar to the British public as a chef-judge on the Bake Off: The Professionals (the sister show of the well-loved reality TV seriesThe Great British Bake Off), where she gives pointed critiques to the contestants comprised of pastry teams from different restaurants and hotels in the UK.
Her high standards are not surprising as she has deep experience at establishments that demand perfection. She worked at Raffles Hotel before she left Singapore in 2001, and made her name in the UK as the executive pastry chef at the Langham Hotel between 2009 to 2017. She then took a break from hotels and assumed the role of Creative Development Chef at Godiva, where she came up with the world’s most expensive Easter egg crafted completely from Belgian chocolate (valued at £10,000).