Gordon Ramsay VS Singapore Chilli Crab, Laksa & Chicken Rice

After eight days of intensive voting and over 2.5 million votes, Singapore has chosen Ang Kiam Meng from Jumbo Seafood (319,922 votes), Mdm Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice (318,151 votes), and Mr Ryan Koh from 328 Katong Laksa (316,611 votes) as their most popular hawkers to challenge Gordon Ramsay at the SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge.

Update (7 July, 2013):

More than 1,000 members of the public were at Newton Food Centre to taste and vote for their preferred version of the three dishes.

Overall, the Singapore hawker heroes edged-out Chef Ramsay in the live poll by 6% of the total vote.

In terms of individual dishes, Ramsay’s version of the Chilli Crab beat that of Jumbo Seafood by 5%; while he lost to both Tian Tian Chicken Rice (by 6%) and 328 Katong Laksa (19%) for the other other two dishes.

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll,

Chef Ramsay accepted the challenge to pit his skills against three popular hawkers in Singapore selected through a public poll. Image from SingTel

The three will now prepare for a mouth-watering culinary cook-off against Michelin-starred heavyweight Gordon Ramsay in the SingTel Hawker Heroes cook-off.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes.

Top 3 SingTel Hawker Heroes. Image from SingTel.

On 5 and 6 July, Chef Ramsay will spend time with each of the three hawkers to learn their signature dishes: chicken rice, chilli crab and laksa.

Date 7 July 2013 (Sunday)
Time 6pm onwards
Venue Newton Food Centre
Details Non-ticketed event, open to the public free of charge. 1000 servings are available on a first-come-first-serve basis

He will then put his own unique spin on these dishes at the final showdown event held at Newton Food Centre on Sunday, 7 July.

The event will be open to members of the public, who will be able to sample the dishes prepared by the local hawkers and Chef Ramsay and vote for their preferred version.

About SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge

There has been much debate on whether Singapore hawkers have the necessary qualities to take on Michelin-starred chefs like Gordon Ramsay.

“国际名厨Gordon Ramsay将于星期日与新加坡三位最受欢迎的“小贩”分庭抗礼。地点:牛顿熟食中心。时间:傍晚六点。入场免费。首千名观众可品尝四位厨师的手艺。” – 科技点心(微薄)

The challenge aims to determine if Singapore’s hawker fare can match up to the standards of the prestigious Michelin guide, which has become the benchmark for culinary excellence around the world.

The contest is in response to recent concerns of a decline in local hawker culture and whether international recognition, such as Michelin-starred accreditation, would encourage fresh talent to join the trade and preserve Singapore’s hawker heritage.

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