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|Redzuawan bin Ismail|
|Born||1958 (age 55–56)
|Education||Associate degree in chef training and hotel management|
His early career was as an accountant. He says after seeing the popularity of many types of Asian food in Western countries he decided to promote Malaysia and other South East Asian countries using their food.
He has an associate degree in Professional Chef Training and Hotel Management from the California Culinary Academy and a Ritz Escoffier Diploma from the Hôtel Ritz Paris. He is currently a brand ambassador for AirAsia.
In an interview in February 2010, Chef Wan highlighted that he is of mixed ancestry; his father has Malay and Thai ancestry while his mother is of Nyonya and Japanese descent. Chef Wan has two children, one of whom is Serina Redzuawan, an actress who has appeared in several Malaysian drama series. Chef Wan's son, Muhammad Nazri bin Redzuawan, is following in his father's footsteps by becoming a chef as well.
Chef Wan was widely criticized for making an inappropriate joke with regard to the missing MH370 flight when he posted a photo on his Instagram account of an object which he linked to the search efforts and referred it as "an old toilet door from Cik Kiah's house". He further enraged the public as he subsequently refused to apologize and defended the distasteful joke as a means to gauge the public reaction.
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