I’ve got to say, this is one of the best thing that could happen in history watching, Gordon Ramsey battling it out with Singaporean hawkers.
Things to know about Gordon Ramsey
- He currently has about 23 restaurants
- He used to be a football player playing for Warwickshire until he was marked with injuries.
- He started his career in 1980’s as a commis(basic) chef, became head chef in 1993 and opened his first own restaurant in 1998 in Chelsea.
- Stars in 14 various television shows some of them are; Boiling Point, Kitchen Nightmares, The F word, Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef.
I find it interesting and cool, that he’s coming to Singapore. The only time I’m able to see him would be watching him on Hell’s Kitchen, a reality television cooking show. I would remember him for his straightforward comments towards the chefs battling it out, his cursing, especially.
But, after all of that, I think he still does it good because he’s good. I remembered an episode where Gordon Ramsey himself came in to the kitchen and cooked in order not to ruin the event, which also means that he’s not really a mean pissed off angry green man, all the time.
If he can turn people into masterchefs, transform pubs into gastropubs(high end pubs), and really know his stuff well, then i don’t know how the battle between him and the hawker heroes is going to be.
They had a voting recently for those who is battling it out with him and three has been chosen.
1st and foremost is Foo Kui Lian who think she won’t win because she’s just a housewife, she does however believe if western chefs are willing to study and research, they might be able to do it better than us. Kudos for being humble, aunty! I still wish you the best.
2nd vote goes to Ang Kiam Meng, and he doesn’t think that a foreigner can master Singapore’s Chilli Crab, because his chefs has been cooking the same dish for over 25 years. I hope it’s as good as you say, Mr Ang Kiam Meng, because there’s really no knowing of what he can bring to the table.
3rd vote then goes to Mr Ryan Koh, who thinks he will win because he has more experience than Gordon Ramsey. I hope your experience with cooking Katong Laksa is as good as you say, and though he might not be cooking Katong Laksa in his life, he has been with the best chefs like Joël Robuchon, a french Chef who also owns his own restaurant at RWS Resort World Sentosa.
Personally, i feel that it could be one way or another. There’s a lot to compare for when someone is cooking for a fine-dine in restaurant, and cooking at a hawker centre.
Chef Gordon Ramsey may be good in his kitchen, but maybe not in the hawker stalls, where things are messy, cramped up, and hot.
The taste of Singapore food may be a delicacy to a group of Singaporeans because of its authentic taste, but if Gordon Ramsey was to step up and make it better, then it’s again up to preference. Some people like their dish to taste a certain way, and no amount of change to that taste, would affect their voting.
I’m not going to critic on Singapore food listed above. and how it taste, because I’ve never tried any of the hawker stalls that was listed above, because I didn’t even know they were nice. Obviously I’m not much of a food-searching fan 😀 , and some of it might not be exactly Halal. Though i would say if Chef Gordon Ramsey can make better Chilli Crab, Singaporeans might just be in a bit of trouble because Singapore is known for their Chilli Crab, at least that’s what locals or wiki would say. Until now I’ve never really known why cause I’ve never tasted Chilli crab outside of Singapore and compare them together.
If you’re out there, then I think you should come down to Newton because there will be a the final showdown.
Date: 7 July 2013 (this Sunday)
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm
Venue: Newton Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495
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Just so you know, here’s how crowded it already was when he came.