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Newly-opened gelato café Winterwoods was born from an idea first pitched by Chew Jee Keng (bottom right), 35, to his long-time friends during a long-distance training run last year. The freelance athletics coach of eight years had seen his earnings drying up after the pandemic unfolded, so he dedicated six months to learning how to churn his own gelato — while working as a private hire driver for income. Once confident, he convinced his two running buddies, 40-year-old engineering manager Evan Chee (centre) and 42-year-old Andrew Ngo (bottom left), who works in a research institute, to join the business.

The trio opened their gelato café on September 13 in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio (within the same block that houses the coffeeshop where popular Korean stall Chelabela resides). There, Jee Keng churns out 18 flavours of gelato on-site including Mao Shan Wang, Roasted Pistachio and Creamy Coconut with Coconut Crunch. He also makes his own cinnamon cones and buttermilk waffles to accompany the scoops of gelato – the former unleashes lovely whiffs of the warming spice whenever he whips some up on the waffle cone iron.

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