International Flavour to This Year’s Food Festival at Little India

20 July 2013

City Gas is proud to be part of the annual Food Festival @ Little India by spearheading the “City Gas International Chef Competition”. The cooking competition was held on the 20 July 2013 from 10am – 8pm as part of the Indian Restaurants Association Singapore’s (IRAS) celebration of the Singapore Food Festival.

One of the most exciting line-ups in the festival this year, the “City Gas International Chef Competition” had invited chefs from around the region to compete against each other in an exciting faceoff to whip up the best Indian dishes. Each chef will be accompanied by a sous chef and a local culinary student to form teams representing India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Team South India led by Chef Sheetharam Prasad, culinary director of GRT Group of Hotels and a silver award recipient at the Euro Asia Culinary competition, was the ultimate champion of the competition. He walked away with the grand prize of $5,000 cash. Chef Kevin Rayan and his Team from Malaysia came in a close second winning S$3,000 in cash. In third place was Team Indonesia with Chef Idham Mirwan at the helm who managed to win $2,000 in cash.

The competition was judged by acclaimed chefs in the food and beverage industry. They are Dr Chef Damu, the first Indian chef to receive a PhD in Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Chef Edmund Toh, President of the Singapore Chef Association and Chef Rick Stephen, Director of Kitchen for SATS Catering and three time winner of Australian Chef of the Year, Chef of Chefs.

The ten-day food festival, which is part of the 20th Singapore Food Festival and also the Singapore Heritage Festival, was held from 19-28 July 2013 and located along Little India at the open field opposite Mustafa.

The guest of honour at the event, Mr Ng Yong Hwee, President and CEO of City Gas Pte Ltd said: ‘As Singapore’s preferred piped gas provider for more than 150 years, we are proud to do our part to give back to the community. Through participation in the Food Festival @ Little India, we can do our bit to help preserve our heritage of traditional culture and cuisine.”

Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, The Food Festival @ Little India is organized by the Indian Restaurant Association Singapore which was founded in 1997 to improve the perception of Indian restaurants among Singaporeans, tourists and authorities. The association also provides them with a platform to air their views and concerns and provides them with support by providing information, education, government advocacy, cost-savings programs, and networking opportunities.