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dbChef: GTO Singapore celebrates great people with big hearts

August 2015 │ Singapore

With 2015 marking Singapore’s 50th birthday, Group Technology & Operations (GTO) Singapore embraced the SG50 Jubilee celebration with the inaugural dbChef competition, featuring 11 dbChef Teams across Operations & Technology in CB&S, Global Transaction Banking and Asset & Wealth Management, contributing towards a charitable cause.

The cross-divisional competition was spearheaded by the GTO Singapore People Committee. Based on the truth that food brings people together, and to have great food, great chefs are needed and inspired by the TV reality show MasterChef, the team created dbChef. It was a pleasure to see 11 amazing teams presenting their culinary journey in front of the judging panel which comprised senior leaders in various divisions.

From homemade brownies with the Singapore flag as the icing to sizzling hot pasta and a cultural rice dish which was cooked with 50 different types of ingredients, – Innovation, one of the Bank’s values, was very strongly exemplified in the dbChef competition. “I am simply blown away by what I saw today – the spirit, the passion, the teamwork and the diversity of people coming together. To the dbChef, thank you for the amazing culinary journey” said Caroline Liow, Head of Singapore Operations and Regional Head of CB&S Debt Operations.

The event was a great success with more than 200 people  from GTO Singapore and elsewhere streaming in to taste the 22 different delicacies over lunchtime. Tickets were selling like hot cakes -- an entry cost $5 giving the opportunity to enjoy five different cuisines, the choice to select their favorite team, and a chance to participate in the SG50 lucky draw.

Overall, more than 1,000 portions of food were dished out. This would not have been possible without the efforts of the teams cooking through the night after their late night calls, and some waking up in the wee hours to add final touches to their dishes. The heartwarming effort and enthusiasm towards a greater cause was all worth it as ticket proceeds of more than $1,600 were donated to SPD Education Programme to support children and youth with physical disabilities.

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