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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

Food fest tickets going fast

Some events are sold out but at least four dinners on offer at Asian Masters.
The Straits Times - October 23, 2012
By: Eunice Quek
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Food fest tickets going fast Savour meals prepared by Hyatt chef Thulasidaran Dayalan (above), TungLok chef Ken Ling and Tong Le Private Dining’s chef Martin Foo. -- PHOTOS: GRAND HYATT SINGAPORE, SPHERE EXHIBITS

Tickets are selling fast for the third edition of the annual Asian Masters culinary festival, so be sure to secure places at the dinners and workshops available.

Seats are still available for at least four dinners at the gourmet event, which runs from Nov 1 to 30. It is organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings.

The gourmet dinners feature a variety of Asian fare, from Chinese cuisine paired with Martell Cordon Bleu cognac at My Humble House to briyani from Indian chef Thulasidaran Dayalan from the Hyatt Group in Hyderabad, India.

For adventurous gourmands, there is an exotic dinner ($358++) at Tong Le Private Dining, where white distilled liquor from China's baijiu distillery Shui Jing Fang is paired with meats such as crocodile, partridge and red deer.

From Nov 2 to 4, there will be hour-long masterchef workshops ($25++) at Great World City, with various chefs such as Daniel Sia of The Disgruntled Chef, InterContinental Singapore's executive chef Eric Neo and Yogesh Arora of food consultancy Design A Cuisine. They will host cooking demonstrations followed by a tasting of the dishes presented.

The event will culminate at the Asian Masters Gala Dinner ($388++) on Nov 28 at The Fullerton Hotel.

Winners of the annual Singapore Hawker Masters awards, which celebrates the best hawkers here, will also be crowned at the dinner, which features food by Singapore's culinary team from the Singapore Chef's Association.

Of this year's event line-up, Ms Mandy Wong, business director of Sphere Exhibits, says: "We are introducing unique pairings, new wines and champagnes of even higher calibre, as well as including the best restaurants in Singapore and Asia to give consumers and connoisseurs exclusive and value-for-money gourmet experiences."

Some of the sold-out events include the Imperial Hairy Crab banquet with Louis Roederer champagne, a Japan "Meats" France Louis Latour Wine Dinner by Fat Cow and a bio-dynamic wine dinner by Artisan Cellars and Restaurant Andre.

What is still available

Masterchef Workshops

What: Pick up cooking tips at hour-long culinary demonstrations followed by tasting sessions by chefs including Daniel Sia of The Disgruntled Chef, InterContinental Singapore's executive chef Eric Neo and Yogesh Arora of food consultancy Design A Cuisine.

Price: $25++, $21.25++ (with American Express Cards)

Where: Great World City Atrium, 1 Kim Seng Promenade

When: Nov 2 to 4, 10am, noon, 2, 4 and 6pm daily

The Asian Masters Charity Dinner

What: Chefs from the Les Amis Group's stable of restaurants will each prepare a dish for this charity dinner in aid of the Community Chest. Savour roasted rice soup with shellfish, minced pork and ginger-chilli vinaigrette from Chef Nguyen Quoc Nam of Vietnamese restaurant Annam, and Au Jardin chef Ng Wei Han's Anjou pigeon breast with caramelised onions and air-dried aged Joselito ham. Indulge in Canele chef Christophe Grilo's chocolate dessert with Vanini chocolate cream layered with gianduja and tropical sorbet.

Price: From $10,000 for a table of 10

Where: Grand Ballroom, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Level 2

When: Nov 9, 7pm

An Evening with JP Moueix & Les Amis

What: An eight-course dinner paired with red wine from Bourdeaux winemaker JP Moueix. Menu highlights include cold angel hair pasta with truffle, quail breast with mushrooms and grilled wagyu striploin with root vegetables.

Price: $622++, $528.70++ (with American Express Cards)

Where: Les Amis, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, 02-16

When: Nov 21, 7pm

The Treasures Dinner with Martell Cordon Bleu

What: Tuck into a seven-course dinner paired with Martell Cordon Bleu, prepared by TungLok's senior executive chef Ken Ling and executive chef David Lieu. Among the courses are baked wild mushroom with ginseng and creamy chicken soup, braised fish maw and sea cucumber with Beijing pickled chilli, and chilled superior bird's nest with red dates and glutinous rice ball with ginger stuffing.

Price: $268++, $227.80++ (with American Express Cards)

Where: My Humble House, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, 02-27/29

When: Nov 22, 7pm

Indoguna Presents The Asian Masters Gala Dinner

What: The dinner with wine pairing features cuisine prepared by the culinary team from the Singapore Chefs Association. It starts off with a Louis Roederer champagne reception. Start your meal with an appetiser of salmon tartare with green gazpacho espuma, and salmon tataki with shaved fennel and dill salad. Other highlights include a 64 deg C poached organic egg with wild mushroom ragout and baked onion essence, and black angus beef tenderloin with chestnut foie gras creme and truffle madeira sauce.

Price: $388++, $329.80++ (with American Express cards)

Where: The Fullerton Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1 Fullerton Square

When: Nov 28, 7pm

An Exotic Dinner with Shui Jing Fang Baijiu

What: Go on a gourmet adventure with chef Martin Foo's menu that pairs exotic game with white distilled liquor from China's baijiu distillery Shui Jing Fang. Savour an appetiser of wild mallard duck prepared three ways: The meat is smoked in oolong tea, the thigh confit and the liver sauteed. Mains include poached wild empurau (sultan) fish with crispy skin, wild partridge and traditional braised crocodile tail with morel fragrant rice. Complete the meal with a trio of double-boiled blood bird's nest.

Price: $358++, $304.30++ (with American Express cards)

Where: Tong Le Private Dining, OUE Tower, 60 Collyer Quay, Levels 4 & 5

When: Nov 29, 7pm

For more information, call 6319-1888 or go to www.asianmasters.com.sg

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