Held at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen, the culinary competition saw three finalists battling their way through a live cook-off to present a healthy and delicious dish featuring sustainable ingredients. The panel of judges included Gordon Ramsay, Vice President of Food and Beverage of Marina Bay Sands Christine Kaelbel-Sheares, and Executive Chef of Marina Bay Sands Christopher Christie.
The culinary competition kicked off in February 2017 where Marina Bay Sands F&B team members submitted recipes featuring sustainable ingredients. Nine semi-finalists were selected and paired with an executive chef from Marina Bay Sands' signature restaurants to be coached on dish presentation and cooking techniques.
At the semi-finals held on 22nd February 2017, all nine participants competed in the kitchens of db Bistro & Oyster Bar, Osteria Mozza, and CUT by Wolfgang Puck. The top three finalists were then shortlisted to compete in the finals held at Bread Street Kitchen on 3rd March 2017.
Foong Man Chung emerged as champion with his winning dish, Yellowtail stuffed with otah, nasi lemak cooked in bamboo served with achar and lemongrass emulsion. "This has to be the most intense 30 minutes of my life! To cook in front of Chef Gordon Ramsay in his kitchen at Bread Street Kitchen has been a dream come true. It is an unforgettable experience beyond my day-to-day duties. This recognition and spirit of friendship across the restaurants make me proud of being part of the Marina Bay Sands F&B family," said Foong.
Foong Man Chung is a commis chef of the banquet team at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. He began his career at Marina Bay Sands in 2012 and has been with the Banquet culinary team since. Man Chung's dish is a rendition of the local dish, Nasi Lemak where he brought out the freshness and natural flavours of the main elements (otah, achar and nasi lemak) by varying their proportions. In addition to winning a dinner for four at Bread Street Kitchen and a cookbook autographed by Gordon Ramsay, Man Chung's winning dish will be featured on the a la carte menu at RISE restaurant.