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Cooking Class with Asian Food Channel’s Chef Wendy Ong

Cooking Class with Asian Food Channel’s Chef Wendy Ong

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) recently partnered Asian Food Channel (AFC) to produce an original reality television series, “The Big Break”. The original production by AFC features 12 underprivileged youths from across Asia, competing to realise their dreams of becoming a chef.

Rachel and I were invited to catch the media preview of Episode 9 of The Big Break where the youths enter the Italian round. They were required to knead, assemble and bake their own pizzas.

Before we watch the episode, we attended a cooking class with AFC’s Chef Wendy Ong to prepare two italian dishes – pizza and cannoli.

At AFC Studio in Orchard Central

At AFC Studio in Orchard Central

Meet AFC's Chef Wendy Ong!

Meet AFC’s Chef Wendy Ong!

The last time Rachel and I attended a cooking class together was in Bangkok at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking School. We had a great time then and found the class with Chef Wendy Ong just as fun and interesting.

The chef was very patient as a teacher and went through each step slowly in details. You know the class is a success when even a cooking novice like me was able to follow her instructions and make some great tasting italian food!

Ingredient for the first dish we are preparing - a personalised pizza each

Ingredient for the first dish we are preparing – a personalised pizza each

Chef Wendy teaching us how to stretch the dough and how to tell if it's ready

Chef Wendy teaching us how to stretch the dough and how to tell if it’s ready

The attentive class

The attentive class

Rachel examining the texture of the finished dough

Rachel examining the texture of the finished dough

The ball of dough is to be left overnight to raise - here is the before and after on the left and right respectively

The ball of dough is to be left overnight to raise – here is the before and after on the left and right respectively

Chef Wendy trimming the dough into individual servings

Chef Wendy trimming the dough into individual servings

Rachel decorating her pizza

Rachel decorating her pizza

While Rachel is adapt at cooking, I seldom enter the kitchen back home. You can tell the difference in our skills level by the pizzas we created:

My deformed and ugly (but delicious) pizza creation

My deformed and ugly (but delicious) pizza creation

Rachel's beautiful pizza creation

Rachel’s beautiful pizza creation

Making cannoli:

Rolling the dough

Rolling the dough

Cutting out the desired circles

Cutting out the desired circles

Wrapping the dough around a metal tube for frying

Wrapping the dough around a metal tube for frying

Using a tong to transfer the cannoli into a pot of boiling oil

Using a tong to transfer the cannoli into a pot of boiling oil

Frying!

Frying!

Extracting the completed cannoli

Extracting the completed cannoli

Empty cannoli for us to fill up

Empty cannoli for us to fill up

Chef Wendy preparing the filling for the cannoli

Chef Wendy preparing the filling for the cannoli

Rachel filling a cannoli

Rachel filling a cannoli

Close-up of the filled up cannoli

Close-up of the filled up cannoli

Tada! Two cannoli each for Rachel and I

Tada! Two cannoli each for Rachel and I

Once we are done preparing our own italian dishes, we sat down together with a group of other bloggers to enjoy episode 9 of The Big Break. The experience was priceless – watching the contestants fumble over their pizza creations just as we had went through a similar process, but at a leisurely pace!

Self-made lunch is served!

Self-made lunch is served!

Me with my creation and another blogger, Melissa crying in the background

Me with my creation and another blogger, Melissa crying in the background because her pizza sucks

Corn tarts prepared with Del Monte corns

Corn tarts prepared with Del Monte corns

Scones to share

Scones to share

For more information on The Big Break, visit their official website. The site will provide the latest information about the contestants as well as summaries and highlights from each episode. The Big Break, the series airs exclusively on Starhub Channel 435. 🙂

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alvinology

Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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