Lim Tian Wee has always been passionate about his family business Lim Lam Thye, one of Singapore’s largest tea traders.
This drove him to launch his own Gryphon Tea Company in 2006. And while tea may bean old trade, Tian Wee likes to push the boundaries of what tea can be.“I never fail to dream wild,” says the businessman, who has introduced exotic ingredients to Gryphon’s blends, including saffron and bamboo leaves. Fourteen years later, the company has a strong presence in South-east Asia and South Korea – with sights set on expanding even more.
Reminiscing about his childhood, Tian Wee shares, “My favourite activity was thumbing through glossy magazines and pointing out recipes for my grandma to cook.” This love for food hasn’t subsided. “If I didn’t run my business in Singapore, I might have been pursuing my passion as a restauranteur.” For now, he’s happy to indulge his “wanton mee fix” at One Bowl Restaurant and Bar at the Sultan Hotel
Why does Tian Wee love living here? “SG is safe and organized. It is a place of diversity and you practically get the best of what the world has to offer, with little or no compromise.” Well said!
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