Audra Morrice, Bjorn Shen And Damian D’Silva Add The Right Flavours To MasterChef Singapore
Up till now, there weren’t any concrete names for who would judge contestants.
But on Wednesday (18 Apr), Mediacorp announced that Bjorn Shen, Damian D’Silva and Audra Morrice would be judging the local edition of the hit show.
What, no Gordon Ramsay?
For viewers, that might seem a shame, but contestants are probably thanking their lucky stars that there’s no chance of them being called an ‘idiot sandwich’.
But viewers can breathe a sigh of relief as well, since the judges aren’t nobodies; they’re actually pretty big in the food world.
Here’s MustShareNews’ guide to who they are and what they do.
Meet the Singaporean based in Sydney, who misses Nonya kueh more than any other local food.
Ang ku kueh (glutinous rice cakes with various fillings); pulut inti (steamed glutinous rice topped with fresh coconut cooked in gula melaka); kueh salat (glutinous rice topped with a pandan coconut jam); the whole works. There is not a kueh I don’t like.
Born to a Chinese mother and Indian father, Audra spent her formative years in Singapore, where she honed her love for food.
She moved Down Under in the late 1990s and went on to compete in MasterChef Australia 2012, where she finished third place.
Audra, 48, now conducts cooking classes in Australia and recently released a cookbook.
Titled My Kitchen, Your Table, it includes her original recipes for fusion dishes like laksa roast chicken.
We’ve never heard of that, but it does sound mouth-wateringly good.
She also owns a line of fusion sauce spreads that combine the best of local and western flavours.
Top-sellers include Pickled Green Chili Mayo and Plum Chili Relish.
As a mother of two kids, we envy her family for being able to enjoy all the delicious food she cooks.
Step into Damian’s Folklore restaurant at Destination Singapore hotel and his approach to food becomes immediately clear: racial harmony.
Damian’s creations meld together 5 cuisines: Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan.
This fusion is best seen in the eatery’s signature dish: the Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice.
It’s so good that we literally cannot find any bad reviews about.
On top of that, the widely dubbed ‘heritage food champion’ is known for his bagus seven-hour braised rendang.
With Damians intimate knowledge of rendang, there’s unlikely to be a Rendang-gate on MasterChef Singapore for sure.
You might recognise him from Channel 5’s Eat List Star and a guest appearance on MasterChef Asia.
Mr Shen is also well-known as the founder of Artichoke, a Middle Eastern restaurant near Bugis known for its vibrant decor and Insta-worthy grub.
He’s also quite the joker: as a Valentine’s Day stunt, he pinned a condom to the Valentine’s Day menu.
But the punctured condom wouldn’t be able to serve its purpose anymore, right?
Needless to say, many babies might have been accidentally made that day.
Now that the cat’s out of the bag on who the judges are, we can’t sit tight any longer.
Can MasterChef Singapore just start airing already?
With Bjorn’s cheeky jokes, Audra’s mom vibes and Damian’s insights on Singapore’s heritage, we expect a show that will be full of jokes, heart and of course, food.
All that’s missing — contestants who can wow us with their creations and make us laugh till we cannot tahan.
*Cue voiceover* Which Singaporean will be crowned the next MasterChef? Stay tuned to find out.