Simplot Food Blogger Cook Off Competition
I’ve participated in Simplot Food Blogger Cook Off Competition last month and it was my first time in a cooking competition; being not really a “cooking person”, how dare I!!! The competition was held at Masak-Masak located right outside S.Wine Cafe at Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G), Publika.
On that day, the 8 finalists were given RM88 for a 30 minute shopping on all ingredients at B.I.G.
*Me shopping for olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I was choosing the cheapest one due to the limited budget ^_^*
Although I’m not a “cooking person” as aforementioned but I like to loitering at B.I.G because of the comfortable environment and this place is really well stock with assorted local or imported vegetables, fruits, dry goods and organic products. One can get everything at one stop! Read my post of B.I.G HERE
Let’s come back to the competition, the participants were required to create a recipe within an hour by incorporating Simplot hashbrown products. We were also given a demonstration on using Philips Airfryer which provide a very healthy way to cook our food where no oil is needed when cooking. It is using unique Rapid Air Technology enables you to fry with air to make food which is crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. All this with up to 80% less fat if compared to food cooked in a normal deep fryer.
*Serious face when the cooking process but actually I was having fun and not nervous at all since I just treated this as an eye-opener experience and didn’t expect to be the winner XD*
The panel of renowned culinary judges – Chef Poobalan from Simplot, Dr. Sidney Kan, the President of Culinary Association Malaysia and the ever notable Dato’ Fazley Yaakob, the winner of Malaysia’s first Celebrity MasterChef.
After all the dishes have been tasted, we waiting patiently for the result to be announced. *Drums roll…….* Congratulation to the top 3 winners; the grand prize winner~ Jennifer Khoo who blogs on www.chasingfooddreams.com, first runner-up Kelly Siew who blogs on www.kellysiewcooks.com & Second runner-up Asliza Yusoff who blogs on www.mothercooks.blogspot.com .
Jennifer walked away with the Simplot Best Food Blogger trophy, RM5,000 cash, RM2,000 worth of Philips kitchen appliances and Simplot products.
Her winning dish of Simplot Hashbrown Smoked Salmon Quiche.
The top three winner, from left to right: Asliza Yusoff, Jennifer Khoo & Kelly Siew.
Congrats again to the winner, they not only walked away with cash prize but also Philips and Simplot products.
The consolation prize winners.
Last but no least, my very “photogenic” Simplot Hash Brown Burger 😛
*All photos are provided by the organizers of the competition.