I have never heard of Masterchef until the Aspirers decided to have a little cooking competition for their 28th Anniversary.
It seems that when the idea was first brought forward by one of the committee members (and supported by others), Anne, the youth leader was not really all for it. She was concerned about the lack of interest and non-participation of the youths since, well, youths these days don't cook. Not only that, Anne was not in town most of the time and she didn't think she had time to organise and look into all those minute details.
I guessed the committee members managed to convince her that it will work and she should learn how to let go and leave everything in their very capable hands. :)
So, with the approval from Anne, the committee had about 5 weeks to plan. During the 1st meeting, Jian, one of the committee members said he was still quite relax and calm. He was expecting only about 5 teams to participate. "Controllable," he must have thought. Well, he should aim for a higher number because it's always best to expect the unexpected. :)
By the end of the registration period, 13 teams registered. By then the committees were frantically looking for portable stoves and gas tanks. It was kinda difficult to get these from people who has them coz duhhh, they use them everyday. :)
Okay, during the registration period, each team were given a group registration form with guidelines attached to it.
The guidelines were :
1. We will be preparing the following for you:
a. Oil, salt and pepper
b. 2 eggs
c. Onion and garlic
d. Potatoes and carrots utensils
e. Stove and gas and a shared oven.
2. You are required to bring your own necessary utensils (i.e. pot, pan, knives,chopping board, bowls, fork, etc)
3. You will have a full hour to prepare one appetizer and one main dish (Note: plan with your team ahead of time so that you know what ingredients and utensils you need to bring)
4. A secret ingredient will be revealed on that day which you MUST add into every dish.
5. We will be giving out awards for the "Best Food", Best Team" and "Most Creative Dish".
6. Please be in Agape by 4.30pm on the 3rd of July 2011 in order to set up your stations.
So, at 5pm....
Okay, everyone, DO NOT START FIRST, we are about to reveal the secret ingredient," says Jian. " I want one of you from each team to come here and get the ingredient".
13 team members came forward to grab a packet of........
Becky's wondering how to incorporate these enokitake (long thin white mushrooms) with her Chef's salad (appetizer) and Carbonara (main dish).
Group Leader : Sarah Tang
Members : Rebecca, Kennysha, Faith, Brian Lourds
Group name : Noobcooker
Group Leader : Becky
Members : Justin, Pei Wen, Shaphan, Arnold
Food prepared by the Noobcookers. Carbonara and Chef's salad.
Group name : The Form 1's, Chris & Az
Group Leader : Jared
Members : Martin, Shane, Chris, Azriel (Absent).
Group name : The Spirit of Chef
Group Leader : Jeah Hueey
Members : Jeah En, Daarsyanita, Ze Lin, Ze Ting
Group name : Royal Angels
Group Leader : Shem
Members : Amos, David, Rehgoel
Food prepared by the Royal Angels. Fried rice and carrot juice.
Group name : Jokers
Group Leader : Priyanka
Members : Rozelle, Rita, Prissie
Food prepared by the Jokers. Pizza & mushroom soup.
Group name : Krazy Kookers
Group Leader : Becca
Members : Stephanie, Shawn, Larissa, Joel C
Food prepared by the Krazy Kookers. Boom-ba-da-boom & THE BED.
Group name : Sushi
Group Leader : Akane
Members : Megumi, Alisa, Samantha, Joel L
Food prepared by Sushi.
A little sarong dance from the emcees. They were supposed to prepare a surprise dish but there wasn't enough time.
It was an exciting evening. I do not know the name of most dishes and some were made up by the team members. I will try to add a video here some time soon.
I didn't stay when the judges gave the verdict but I received an sms later from a reliable source that the awards went to the following group : -
Best Food - Lim Kok Wang
Best Team - Super Chris-py Loh-Tee
Most Creative Dish - Krazy Kookers
The event finished at 8.30pm, 1.5 hours later than planned.