He was so keen on deepening his pasta-making knowledge that the couple spent their honeymoon in Italy, where he forced himself to eat five meals a day to maximise the amount of food he could try.
When they returned, he tried to replicate what he had experienced and persevered in perfecting the technique even though it was initially disastrous. Today, Xu is proud that her husband is a recognised pasta maestro in Singapore who is respected even by the international pasta makers that he looks up to.
Lee is modest about his achievements. He said: “As an artisan, what I do is to keep true to tradition. A pasta dish is not just the chef’s effort, but it’s a confluence of both the pasta maker as a craftsman and a professional chef in the kitchen that executes the dish itself.”
Adapted from the series Remarkable Living (Season 4). Watch full episodes on CNA, every Sunday at 8.30pm.