I've been lucky enough to be in finalist after 2 rounds of selection, compete from 246 contestant to top 50, and then top 20 in Malaysia. Among all 246 contestants who submit their food photo, the top 50 most votes entries will get the chance to be selected by 5 judges but only limited to 20 contestants to be eligible live cooking. In fact, thanks to all my Hankerie's fans and my family who voted for me, as least I've passed the 1st criteria to be selected as entry to finalist. See my 1st entry that I've submitted - cakemelon.
On 20th June 2013 (also in conjunction with my last day of my project close-out), I received an email from AFC with title "Invitation To The AFC foodie Face-Off 2013!". Yes, I'm being selected as top 20 to be in finalist to cook in live competition. In fact, I was really with mix feeling, happy as I'm selected but worry as I do not know what to cook. The contest mechanics is each participant will need to create two dishes with a 'Raya Celebration' theme :
Dish 1: A main dish
Dish 2: A dish that is created using Kellogg's Corn Flakes
For Dish 1, I initially decided to make pandan chicken but my husband said it's not malay food, it's Nyonya food. Hence I changed my mind into satay chicken but nyonya fusion. For Dish 2, I planned to make pavlova with corn flakes. Baking part always the easiest for me :)
After few round of practicing to capture the accurate timing (1 hour for each dish), I accidentally cut my right hand when rescuing a knife about to fall. Bleeding non stop and I cant have too big movement.
Starting with briefing and introduction session to kickstart the cooking competition. The host, 2 judges (Sherson Lian of 5 Rencah 5 Rasa and Anis Nabliah of Icip Icip) basically explained the prizes, rules of the cooking competition.
The event agenda as below:
Within 1 hour time, I completed my dish 1 with all the necessary presentation. Hands off and wait for my turn to be judged.
Judges commented on my 2nd dish "Very good pavlova, not too sweet, love the fresh cream. of course impressed again with this presentation"
During the break, taking photo with pretty and hot judge.
For more photo, please head to my Hankerie facebook album.