I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the finalist of Blogger MasterChef Malaysia, organized by Astro & Nuffnang as mentioned before. The event was held at The Cooking House in Hartamas on a chilly Saturday morning along with 19 other bloggers, yet everyone was so phyched up for the event :)
Along with a few friends, we met up at one of the coffee shops nearby and adjourned to The Cooking House around 10pm. It was to be a half day event with 2 challenges: the invention challenge and skills challenge which at the point of time, no one has any idea what to expect. And I was caught in my WTFOMG mode once I had a look at the itinerary.
We were to be judged by 3 esteemed judges: Chef Ryan Khang, the resident chef and cookbook author; Astro Channel Manager Azlin; and of course, the big daddy of all food bloggers, KYspeaks.
Right the customary introduction and speech, we were ushered into the kitchen and the first challenge was thrown to us: The Invention Challenge. We were basically given a mystery box containing the following ingredients: chicken breast, zucchini, bell pepper, carrot, chillies, mushroom, tomato, egg, potato, lemon. I terus got into panic attack.
The I remembered a recipe from The Secret Meat Business. The hours spent on the sofa watching cooking shows finally came in handy hehe. Full of Adrenalin, I got into NINJA mode and started cooking! RAWR!
The time limit is 45 minutes, the stage is set and all of us have our aprons and mittens on. Time to do some serious cooking!
And plate it! Ommph!
And there you have it, doggyjames' version of Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Cajun Coating Stuffed with Herb Butter on a bed of Mediterranean Salad. Oh la la c'est marveilleux...no?
Our dishes were then placed on the table and awaits judgement. The other contestants' food were all soooooo ossum! Wow!!! Luckily the judges didn't puke when they tried mine....fuuuh
Then for the skills challenge, we were supposed to poach some eggs. This one I totally failed. Booo
Well I reckon my poached eggs did not score high in terms of skillfulness, hopefully the smiley face gave me some sympathy points.
Now THIS is how poached eggs are supposed to be like, silky smooth! Courtesy of one of the finalist who wowed even the judges.
Well its was good to know that I eventually stumbled into the finals :) Checkout the 5 finalist here
Group picture of all the contestants that day, good job peeps!
And a super big thank you to my friends who came, you peeps rock!
Some of the prizes all of us got, good end for the day :)
The finals will be held on 15th October 2011, venue is unannounced yet. Do come and support me as I will post the details up soon :)
Now, imma faint.
Bloggers MasterChef Malaysia really is a fantastic experience. But this is nothing compared to the real thing....MasterChef Malaysia!
Cant wait to see what the best of Malaysia could cook up...stay tuned to Astro Ria this month for the first episode! Details as per below:
- MasterChef Malaysia launch date – 22nd October 2011
- Show title – MasterChef Malaysia
- Program Details: – MasterChef TX will be starting from 22nd October 2011, every Saturday – Wednesday, 9.00pm. Master Class will be on every Friday, 9.00pm.
- Program channel – Astro Ria (Channel 104)
- Official Site URL – http://www.astro.com.my/MasterChef/
- Facebook Page Link- http://www.facebook.com/MasterChefMalaysia
- Twitter Link– www.twitter.com/MasterChefMY
Cant wait :D