A couple weeks ago I was approached by the good people from PrimeWorks Studio (a company owned by Media Prima – ala TV3) to see if I’d be interested to participate as a judge in a cooking competition – Versus 1001 Rasa by Baba’s. I agreed pretty much immediately right after figuring out that I could fit it into the calendar, which also coincide with the 13th anniversary of this blog!
Also almost immediately regret the decision since the program is in Malay language, but alas, I was able to cope. 12 years of Malaysian education did not disappoint at the end. *phew*
with my fellow judges, and celebrity chef hosts
We shot 2 episodes of the program in the same day, both hosted by Chef Kamarul & Chef Adu. I was also joined by Aiman from EatDrinkKL & Norshalina from Baba’s QC & Halal department.
There are two contestants for each episode, challenging each other by cooking two dishes that are drawn from a recipe box by their respective mentors.
shooting in progress
The contestants are given ingredients, including Baba’s product, to come up with the dish to impress the judges while being guided by their mentors. All this is done within the stipulated cooking time, which is dependent on recipe. For the episodes that I was a part of, each dish was given an hour’s time to prepare.
When the time is up, we the judges then gets invited to taste them and gives point to the dish based on predetermined criteria of taste, ingredients used, uniqueness, presentation, and completeness.
dishes from the contestants for judges to sample
It was overall quite an interesting experience. Quite a bit different from my previous experience as judges at R.AGE Food Fight and Blogger MasterChef Challenge. The three judges have the final say without input from the hosts or mentors, and everything is audited. I thought that was very genuine.
I’m not going to announce any spoilers here, but if you have access to TV3, do try to catch the program when it comes out and see how I struggle with our national language.
As of writing, this blog has been in existence for slightly more than 6 years, and now I can proudly say that I appeared on national TV on the first day of CNY for something that has absolutely nothing to do with kyspeaks.com.
The title of this blog post too is appropriate, as I got to watch this segment of Malaysia Hari Ini on the first day of Chinese New Year 2011 with my mom, at ungodly 7 a.m. There was a total of one person who noticed the show and informed me via twitter. 😀
Malaysia Kini crew – with the host Nazrul
It all started out with Nazrul informing me about this opportunity to do a segment on Chinese New Year reunion dinner a couple weeks before CNY. Being a modest attention seeker that I am, I took it up despite knowing the fact that it has to be done in *gasp* .. Malay language.
Nazrul, Haze, Kim, Gareth were all in the video
The video was taken about a week prior to CNY, and since mom wasn’t around yet at the time, I invited Kim, Gareth, and his mom who’s from all the way across the globe (yes, this Shaolintiger is really a mat salleh). Haze, of course, was the co-host.
vegetable, black chicken herbal soup, steamed fish, kung pao chicken
For the dinner, I cooked black chicken herbal soup, steamed golden pomfret fish, kung pao chicken, and stir fried baby bok choy.