S'pore hawkers taking on celeb chef Gordon Ramsey don't know who he is

26 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will take on three of Singapore’s top hawkers in a cook-off, putting the spotlight on Singapore’s hawker heritage.According to an article in The New Paper, earlier this month, the Michelin-starred chef was issued an invitation to the food challenge, Hawker Heroes, by local telco SingTel.In the video of him officially accepting the challenge, he said: “Frankly, I’m not an expert on Singapore food; I’m not sure if it’s as good as Singaporeans actually say it is.“One thing I’m certain of is that people will like my version better!‘Some of the hawkers shortlisted have no clue who he is.Bak kut teh stall owner Gwee Guek Hwa, 55, said in Mandarin: “I’ve never heard of Gordon Ramsay. Is he a Singaporean?‘After finding out that he is a world-renowned chef with multiple Michelin stars, Madam Gwee, who runs Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha at Keppel Road, said: “What is Michelin? I don’t know what that is.‘Madam Gwee initially declined to take part.She said: “I said no at first, but my nephew and niece pushed me to do it.“I’m excited, but also scared. I’ve never cooked in this sort of situation before.‘And despite Ramsay’s strong claims, she does not think his dish will trump hers.Said Madam Gwee, who started cooking when she was 14: “I don’t think that’s, possible. We are so familiar with our dishes, having cooked them for so many years.Another shortlisted hawker, Mr Choong Yee Hong, 57, who runs New Lucky Claypot Chicken Rice in Commonwealth, said he had never heard of Ramsay before the competition.He said in Mandarin: “I had to look him up on the Internet and I also asked my son about him.However, unlike the other food sellers, Mr Malik Hassan, 41, had heard of Ramsay -- but he’s not afraid to take him on.“I don’t doubt that he can make it but I don’t think it would be as nice as ours. It’s not about the recipe, but the style of cooking,‘ he said.Source: The New PaperPhotos 1 to 3 show the 3 local hawkers, while the rest of the gallery show screengrabs of the video that showed Gordon Ramsey accepting the cook-out challenge.

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