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Avignonesi Wine Dinner @ Buona Terra – Advertorial

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Bored of having just a bottle of wine with your whole meal?

You’re in for a change this time!

Come 31st of October 2013, Certain Cellars alongside Chef Denis Lucchi from Buona Terra are organising a FIVE course pairing menu with the great wines from the family of Avignonesi.

For only $118++ per guest, you’ll be in for a treat!

Call or Email them for reservations now!

Tel: (65) 6733 0209    |    Email: reservation@buonaterra.com.sg

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An Evening of Fine Food @ RWS

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I’ve written about it and now i’m there to experience the first hand experience of  the RWS Celebrity Chef’s Cuisine!

To read me previous post about the Inaugural RWS Food Affair, click HERE

Last Wednesday, a group of Bloggers, Freelance Writers and celebrated Food Authors were invited to the Resort World Sentosa to experience dining at its finest in the Ocean Gallery @ S.E.A. Aquarium.

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We were greeted with Champagnes, juices and soft drinks while we chatted with the six Celebrity Chefs who made this event possible! Read about Chef Cora’s inspiration for cooking, Chef Leong’s thoughts on the Chinese Culinary scene and Chef Joel Robuchon’s ideas on whether to open another restaurant in Singapore!

My first interview was with Chef Sam Leong, Chef Consultant and Co-owner of Forest Cooking School. Interestingly, Chef Sam Leong has a personality of his own, that not only impresses me, but a lot of other writers per-se. During our interview, Chef Leong cannot stop, but emphasise enough of his wife that is his pillar of strength throughout his career as a Chef.

A celebrated Chef, Chef Leong also realised the lack of talents in today’s culinary scene. He mentioned that  “the younger generations are afraid of hardship, many do not have the perseverance to stay in the kitchen for long.” in fact, he briefly mentioned that being a Chef is not easy, it is not what you see on the television, but years and years of hardwork and determination.

Chef Leong also left with a quote for aspiring young Chefs’ “If you’re keen to join the kitchen, make sure you are committed to it, persevere and endure. However, once you reach he age of 25 and think that the kitchen is not for you, quit. Do not waste your time anymore.”

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Chef Cat Cora, the newest addition to the list of Celebrity Chefs at RWS was also present during our short interview and i managed to “squeeze” some questions for her!

Qn: Chef Cora, being the newest addition to the team of Celebrity Chefs at the RWS, do you feel pressured?

Ans: No, i do not. it’s just like being in the Iron Chefs Competition, it is always challenging and it forces me to really innovate and create dishes that are not only delicious, but presentable. In fact, it is my honour to be working side by side all the celebrity chefs in RWS tonight.

Qn: Chef Cora, i heard that you’ve got a Vegetarian Menu, which is your favourite dish?

Ans: ALL! Haha! Isn’t that what all Chefs would say? Joking. i personally really like the Cauliflower Puree with Basil Seeds and the Roasted Egg Plant Soup with Curry and Cotton Candy.

Qn: I see that you really enjoy using Asian Ingredients into your cuisine, so what do you love about Singaporean Food?

Ans: First and foremost, i really love Singapore! Not only does it have a whole diversity of races, for a Chef, it also meant a whole diversity of dishes! A typical morning for me in Singapore would be at a local coffeeshop or offer house with my half-boiled eggs and kaya Toast!

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Not forgetting, TDM never forgets to have an Interview with Chef Joel Robuchon!

Qn: Chef, were do you find inspirations for your cuisines?

Ans: I treat culinary as an art, in all my dishes, i look at it from an artistic point of view. Like a Painting, there must be a balance. Mixing elements to do with taste first. Most importantly, using only the best products,we try our very best to work with local produce, but if it is not available locally, we source it from other parts of the World.

Qn: There a are a lot of Culinary schools that have opened in Singapore, what are your thoughts on them?

Ans: It is great! Reputable Culinary Schools such as the Culinary Institute of America, Temasek Culinary Academy and At-Sunrise are examples of such schools that lays a basic fundamentals to cooking. It is a very good way to start your career as a Chef and a great stepping stone to the industry. Most importantly, it doesn’t only teach you how to cook, but also manage a restaurant in a whole.

Qn: Chef, are there any plans for you to open another restaurant in Singapore?

Ans: Currently, no. There have been many investors and Hotels proposing to collaborate with me, but currently, i realise that there are too many restaurants in Singapore which are really good. Furthermore, i personally i feel that it is not right to open another restaurant in other hotels, especially with my current two at the RWS.

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What an impressive start! Let’s see what we were greeted with the moment we stepped into the Ocean Gallery @ S.E.A. Aquarium for dinner!

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Here comes the FOOD!! – All by the sequence of their courses, not forgetting the amazing wines that was sponsored by Bacardi – Martini Singapore Ptd Ltd

Wines served for the Evening:

  • Penfolds Koonuga Hill Autumn Riesling
  • Penfolds 2 Shiraz Mourverdre
  1. Le Caviar Imperial – by Chef Joel Robuchon
  2. Steamed Marble Goby – by Chef Sam Leong
  3. Double-Boiled Cordyceps Flower – by Chef Li Kwok Kwong
  4. Slow Cooked Salmon Roulade, Hokkaido Scallop & Fried Octopus – by Chef Cat Cora
  5. Beef Short Rib – by Chef Douglas Tay
  6. Sweet Temptation – by Chef Kenny Kong

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Meanwhile, for more information on the promotions which ends today, do not hesitate to join in the RWS Food Affair by clicking in the link HERE

 

Celebrate the love of food at the inaugural RWS Food Affair this September

For the first time ever, six of RWS’s celebrity chefs have come together to create a six-course dinner in a magnificent setting at the S.E.A. Aquarium’s Open Ocean habitat, home to more than 50,000 marine animals. 

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The Month of September seems to be the month for Foodies! In my previous post, i wrote about the Marina Bay Sands Hosting the Inaugural Sands for Singapore Festival in September and concurrently, the Resort World Sentosa is also back for some pumping actions in the kitchen!

*to view my entry on the Sands for Singapore Festival, click HERE

The six chefs, from the world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon to the first female Iron Chef of Iron Chef America fame Cat Cora, have each designed a course for this dinner.  From fine French haute-cuisine to authentic Cantonese soup, diners can feast on the best that RWS has to offer at one seating. In a unique setting like no other, diners will also be enthralled by the magnificent view of manta rays, leopard sharks and goliath groupers before them in the Open Ocean habitat.

Begin the exquisite dinner with Le Caviar Imperial by Joël Robuchon, followed by Steamed Marble Goby with Forest Mushroom sauce by Sam Leong, a nourishing soup of Double Boiled Cordyceps Flower with quail and conch meat by Chef Li Kwok Kwong, Salmon Roulade accompanied with sweet Hokkaido Scallop & Fried Octopus by Cat Cora, Beef Short Rib by Douglas Tay, and a sweet temptation of yuzu mango cremeux by Executive pastry chef Kenny Kong.

OH MY GOODNESS!! HOW CAN YOU MISS THIS!

RWS Celebrity Chefs Dinner

18 September, Wednesday @ the Ocean Gallery @ S.E.A. Aquarium

Six-course dinner at $288++ per person (includes free flow Ayala Brut Majeur NV champagne for pre dinner cocktails and freeflow Penfolds Bin 2 Shariaz Mouverdre and Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling for dinner)

Joël Robuchon Restaurant & L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

From 14th to 22nd September, step into Joël Robuchon’s world and taste the best of French haute-cuisine. During this period, diners may also have the opportunity to meet the legendary chef as he makes his rounds at the restaurants.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant will introduce a ten-course Menu Degustation during the RWS Food Affair boasting exquisite dishes such as ‘Le Homard’ – roasted Lobster in black pepper ‘Malabar’ sauce – and ‘Le Bouef’ – Beef fillet in Rossini interpretation with Vintage Taylors Port and bitter salad sprouts.

At L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a new six-course Menu Decouverte showcasing dishes such as  ‘Le Crabe’ – seasonal crab meat on thin layers of turnip dressed with sweet and sour vinaigrette;  ‘Le Bar’ – Seared Sea Bass with braised Fennel ‘Provencal’ style; and ‘Le Sensation’ – a pretty and delicate dessert of creamy araguani chocolate with Cocoa Sorbet and Oreo cookie.

Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora – At Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, a five-course set dinner will feature Iron Chef Cat Cora’s signature Mediterranean-Californian dishes such as Salmon, Scallop & Lobster accompanied with Cauliflower Puree; Sautéed Garden Peas & Shellfish Emulsion and Kurobuta Pork Belly and Fried Octopus with Sauerkraut Puree, Cabbage Roll and Spicy Mustard sauce.   During this period, diners may also catch a glimpse of the friendly chef who has starred in TV shows like Around the World in 80 Plates and The Next Iron Chef.

Osia – Helmed by Celebrity Chef Scott Webster and Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay, Osia showcases contemporary western dishes characterized by the natural flavours and essence extracted from premium ingredients. For RWS Food Affair, award winning Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay has set out to create a delectable menu with inspirations from Western Australia combined with Asian influences using fresh Australian produce.  For mains, choose to indulge in grilled sea perch with Sesame Ratte Potatoes or Tasmanian Milk Fed Lamb Short Loin and Rib with Swede Carrot Puree. Along with Chef Douglas’s keen emphasis on precision and meticulous cooking techniques, expect no less than a spectacular feast for both the eyes and palates.

Feng Shui Inn – The Man Han Quan Xi (满汉全席) was an imperial feast served only to emperors during the Qing Dynasty, with more than a hundred delicacies served over three days.   Dine like a king at the RWS Food Affair, as Chinese Head Chef Li Kwok Kwong and his team of chefs have taken inspiration from this imperial feast and recreated traditional dishes with a modern twist.  The six-course dinner menu will feature delicacies such as Double-Boiled “Changbai” Mountain Wild Ginseng with Farm Chicken and Braised Kurobuta Meat with Alaska Crab Claw.

Forest森 – Forest森 redefines the art of Chinese fine dining, with a western approach to the presentation of its dishes.  Local celebrity chef Sam Leong has created a six-course dinner featuring his signature innovative contemporary Chinese dishes such as Hot and Sour Seafood Broth with Hokkaido Sea-Urchin; slow-cooked Wagyu Beef Cheek with Spiced Cumin and Steamed New Zealand Cod with Yuzu Mushroom Sauce.  Sam Leong will also hold a special masterclass that comes with a four-course lunch.

Tangerine – At Tangerine, the spa café located at ESPA at RWS, husband-wife duo Sam and Forest Leong have combined efforts to create dishes using nutritious ingredients and healthy cooking methods without compromising on flavor.

For the RWS Food Affair, Tangerine will feature a lunch and dinner set featuring dishes like the fresh and healthy appetizer of Crisp Summer Green & Cress Salad dressed with Extra Virgin Coconut Vinaigrette, and Chef Forest’s Sous-Vide Salmon accompanied with Olive Dust and Confit Tomato and Green Pea Mash.

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