News: Singapore Food Lovers and SingTel Invite Gordon Ramsay to Challenge the Nation’s Favourite Hawkers

Singapore, 5 June 2013 – A group of Singapore’s best-known and most respected food bloggers, with the support of SingTel, have today formally challenged Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay to take on Singapore’s most beloved hawkers in a culinary contest.

Should Chef Ramsay accept the challenge, he will pit his skills against three popular hawkers who will be selected through a public poll hosted on the HungryGoWhere website. The contest will 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 challenge 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. There has also been much debate on whether Singapore hawkers have the necessary qualities to take on Michelin-starred chefs like Gordon Ramsay.

The food bloggers who have joined hands to issue the challenge, with the support of SingTel include:
Dr Leslie Tay (iEatiShootiPost), Daniel Ang (Daniel’s Food Diary), Catherine Ling (Camemberu), Philip Lim (Keropokman), Karen Wee (SuperFineFeline), Melissa Koh (Melicacy) and Rayner Ng (HisFoodBlog).

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Update (as of 24th June):

Internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, Gordon Ramsay has today accepted an invitation by local food bloggers and SingTel, to take on Singapore’s top three hawkers in a culinary contest. The hawkers will be determined by the results of a dedicated SingTel food poll, voted by Singapore food lovers.

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As shared by SingTel & PR Team.

Thoughts:
They weren’t kidding, it does sound interesting.

Local foodies and SingTel co-challenging / inviting the well known chef to a food ‘duel’ with our local hawkers… hmmm :)

I wonder which 3 dishes would be chosen by the public and who would be the chosen hawkers, to compete in this.

More on it later, once there’s an update on venue / date / others.

Suggestions:
A friend asked / suggested – if the challenge is confirmed and there will be a video recording / online telecast of it, could the organizer not censor Chef Gordon’s frequent / famously used word (the F words)?

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