SINGAPORE: Local fans of the popular culinary competition television show franchise MasterChef will finally get a taste of what goes on in the kitchen - both literally and figuratively.
Fashioned as an epicurean experience aiming to connect fans of the show to the chefs, contestants and dishes made famous by the show, The MasterChef Dining and Bar is now in Singapore and will be making its Asian debut on Friday (Nov 25).
Running till Dec 9 at Ash & Elm in InterContinental Singapore, the pop-up dining event not only allows guests to partake in the creations by MasterChef celebrity chefs and personalities, but also interact with them in an open-kitchen restaurant setting.
It will feature legendary celebrity chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White, who will be helming the MasterChef Dining and Bar for the first time. Joining him will be dessert maestro Reynold Poernomo from MasterChef Australia, MasterChef Asia judge Audra Morrice, first MasterChef Asia winner Woo Wai Leong as well as MasterChef US season four winnerLuca Manfé.
Lunch and dinner will be served daily with Poernomo cooking from Dec 4 to 9, Morrice from Nov 25 to Dec 3 and the rest of the chefs cooking for the entire duration.
"MOST IMPORTANT THING HERE IS THE FOOD"
Brit chef White - who is the youngest chef to get three Michelin stars and the former boss and mentor of Gordon Ramsay - revealed at the press conference on Monday night why coming to Singapore to head the first MasterChef Dining and Bar was a no-brainer.
“Singapore is without a doubt a great city of the world … the people are fantastic, the architecture is amazing, but really the most important thing here is the food,” he said. “I mean the food is really amazing. And I’m really shocked by some of the restaurants I go to, because I don’t go to the obvious.”
The 55-year-old, who said he visits Singapore very often, was more than happy to share his favourite local food haunts, among which is traditional Hainanese chicken rice restaurant Yet Con, home-styled Cantonese food Eat First restaurant and Asia Grand Restaurant at Odeon Towers.
“One thing I never do is to dine in Western restaurants when I come to Singapore. I always go to the chicken rice shop in Purvis Street,” he said. “And, oh, I went to another place the other day called Eat First, which I liked very much. It is run by a mother and her son and his wife. It was very nice, very simple, very 'family'."
He added: "Today I went to Asia Grand for my dim sum … I always go there, about five or six times. And I also go to another restaurant called Tao. It’s a seafood restaurant and very nice. I tend to go to the family-run restaurants where all the Singaporeans dine.”
The British chef on Monday also revealed to Channel NewsAsia that he intends to open a restaurant in Singapore named The Old English House.