Malaysian cook Sherson Lian is no stranger to the camera, having starred in many popular Malaysian television programs and several Asian Food Channel (AFC) Original Productions. The talented chef is also the host of AFC’s latest reality show, Amazing Food Challenge: Fun in the Philippines, which sees 10 individuals travelling across the Philippines to compete for USD 50,000 worth of prizes!
Sherson’s culinary interest stemmed from an early age. When he was 11 years old, he started helping out in his mum’s small café in Kuala Lumpur. His task was to peel garlic and onions! Sherson eventually embarked on his own culinary career, working for JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur for three months as a trainee in various kitchens. He then became the manager of Paradise Café. Looking to challenge himself further, Sherson took over ownership of a restaurant named Paradise Corner. After three years of successful patronage and growth, Sherson sold off the restaurant and moved to Malacca in search for new experiences and challenges.
Television career eventually came knocking to his door, and Sherson has since become a popular culinary figure in Malaysia’s food scene. He served as a guest judge in reality program Dapur Selebrity, as well as the host of Malaysian lifestyle cooking show, 5 Rencah 5 Rasa. Sherson also stars in AFC Original Production, Great Dinners Of the World, which documents his travels through France and Scotland with three other talented chefs as they serve up delicious dinners for their VIP guests.
More recently, Sherson started a culinary venture with fellow chef, Johnny Fua, whom he first met during the production of Great Dinners of the World. The best friends opened Elegantology Gallery and Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur’s creative hot spot that brings together fashion and gastronomy. The space, along with the culinary duo, became the star of AFC Original Production, Reality Bites, which followed Sherson and Johnny’s journey in running the eatery.
Sherson enjoys doing his part for the community, working as a team-building consultant for the Centre for Customer Care Malaysia (CCC) and leadership training camps for foundation students at Help College. Outgoing by nature and filled with a thirst for adventure, Sherson believes in having fun in everything that he does and making the best of every situation, no matter how taxing the experience is.
In his spare time, Sherson enjoys traveling around the world and diving; he currently is licensed for advanced open water diving. Music is also a large part of Sherson – he was the lead singer for six-piece band Cross Fusion, which played a mix of jazz, blues, pop and fusion music!