Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Primer on Masterchef Asia

MasterChef, the biggest and most popular cooking competition in the world, heads to Asia where 15 of the best home cooks in the region will battle it out for the prestigious title of the first ever Asian MasterChef. The show will feature some of the best cooks from the Philippines, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. 

The show will be aired on Lifetime Asia and will have the classic Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, and Restaurant Takeovers. I can't wait to see some of the amazing dishes that the MasterChef contestants will come up with. 

The competition is hosted and judged by MasterChef Australia finalist Audra Morrice, Hong Kong-born father of fusion Susur Lee, and Three-Michelin-starred chef Bruno Ménard. Each of the judges brings a wealth of culinary knowledge that can help each contestant get better in each stage of the competition.

All the contestants were holed up in the Carlton Hotel Singapore during five weeks of filming. The were cooking and competing almost daily, for as long as they weren't eliminated from the competition - quite a demanding task. 

The 15 contestants and their respective home countries are:
  • Philippines
    • Jake Aycardo
    • Rico Amancio
    • Lica Ibarra
  • Singapore
    • Lennard Yeong
    • Woo Wai Leong
    • Sandrian Tan
  • Malaysia
    • Marcus Low
    • Jasbir Kaur
    • Sophia Zulkifli
  • Indonesia
    • Stefan Pratama
    • Vonny Lestari
  • China
    • Alice Peng
  • Taiwan
    • Blanche Chu
  • Vietnam
    • Doan Phuong Ha
  • India
    • Priya Barve
Each MasterChef Asia episode will air every Thursday, 9pm on the following Philippine television channels: 
  • SKYCable Ch 65 & 199 (HD)
  • Destiny Cable Ch 44 & 65 (Digital)
  • CableLink Ch 223
  • Cignal Ch 63
  • Dream Ch 28
  • Outside of metro Manila, please contact your local cable operator.
For other countries, you can check the channels here.

So what's at stake? Other than pride and glory for the winner's country, the Masterchef Asia winner will take home the following prizes: 
  • A cash prize of $50,000
  • $10,000 worth of unique experiences in Singapore
  • Household appliances from Panasonic worth $15,000
  • Paid internship at Carlton Hotel Singapore
  • A week stay at Hong Kong Disneyland
  • The publication of their first cookbook
  • The title of Masterchef Asia
I can't wait for the next few episodes of MasterChef Asia. I will be releasing my thoughts on each MasterChef episode every week (at most every Saturday).

Any thoughts on MasterChef episodes so far? What do you like? What don't you like?

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