KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan is a hero in the eyes of former TV3 newscaster Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim.
Not only is he a superb chef, but also a devoted son who takes great care of his ailing mother Noraini Abdullah who is suffering from dementia.
In an Instagram post yesterday, Azrinaz said: “Chef Wan is an exemplary son who loves his mother and strives to give her the best in life.
“He truly upholds the teachings of Islam that says heaven lies beneath the feet of your mother.”
Azrinaz added: “I’ve always had a soft spot for the elders, especially my late grandmother.
“Thus I have the highest respect towards Chef Wan for his devotion to his beloved mother — he brings her to most of his public events and if you check out his Instagram you will agree with me.
“His mother is so lovable and adorable, and he is always proud to share his joyful and happy moments with the love of his life.”
Azrinaz however lamented that many young Malaysians do not care for their parents, describing them as “so uncool”.
“I always believe, when you treat your parents like king and queen, you will never go wrong, any time any place.”
Chef Wan, 60, is also an advocate for the elderly, speaking out against elder abuse and neglect.
He is the ambassador of the Prevent Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative of the Universiti Malaya’s Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, and calls on Malaysians to “be dutiful sons and daughters” and care for the welfare of the elderly.
Since his mother was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, Chef Wan has become the primary caregiver for the 87-year-old, whom he describes as “a pillar” in his life.