Forget about senior civil servants and the law professor embroiled in sex scandals. Singapore seems to have been rocked by other happening happenings like the haze, Hello Kitty, Malaysian Super League and now Gordon Ramsay.
The Michelin starred Scottish chef known for his foul-mouth verbal explosions on TV show, Hell's Kitchen, is quite well known here especially to foodies and those who watch his shows. But this time, the commotion is about a challenge between Gordon and local hawkers. Chef Gordon is in Singapore on a 3-day crash course to learn three local dishes, Chilli Crab, Chicken Rice and Laksa, determined by online voting, before cooking them on his own in a showdown with Jumbo Seafood, Tian Tian Chicken Rice and 328 Laksa. The whole thing is dubbed "Gorden Ramsay vs Hawker Heroes".
While I do think that it is interesting to watch an ang moh celebrity chef attempt local dishes, I don't really know what the aim of this competition is about other than a publicity blitz for a telco company. For a western-trained chef new to Singapore hawker fare and flavours to cook local dishes and win against hawkers on their home turf is an uphill challenge. So if he loses, does that mean Singapore hawkers beat a Michelin starred chef? If he wins, does that mean our hawkers can't match up to a Michelin starred chef?
The competition element seems pointless. Or is it just moo?
Anyway, Gordon Ramsay, welcome to uniquely Singapore!