Norman Musa is an internationally recognised chef and promoter of Malaysian cuisine. He moved to the UK in 1994 and, after graduating and working in the construction industry, he switched career to become a full-time chef and restaurateur in 2006.
In 2010 Norman became the chef for the Formula 1 Lotus Team and this sparked his ambition to promote Malaysian cuisine to the world. In 2012 he received the UK’s ‘Young Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year Award’ and in the same year became a member of the Hospitality Guild’s Young Hall of Fame.
Norman has featured on MasterChef Malaysia, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes (BBC2), Sunday Brunch (Channel 4). He hosted five seasons of his own cookery show on Malaysian TV and was appointed as the Kuala Lumpar Food Ambassador in 2015.
Norman’s first book, AMAZING MALAYSIAN, (Square Peg) came out in 2016, and his new book BOWLFUL: FRESH AND VIBRANT DISHES FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA was published by Pavilion Books in 2022.
He is currently based in the UK and holds Executive Chef position at Kuala Lumpur Restaurant & Bar in Horsforth, Leeds. He has recently been appointed to set up and lead the Wagamama Chef Academy, teaching young chef apprentices Pan Asian cuisine.