The Taste: Look Mum, I’m on telly!
“We were born to work together…. together we will make music.”
What the cameras didn’t show was me… on the verge of passing out having just heard one of my culinary heroes imploring me to join his team on The Taste.
The truth is this. It had to be #TeamAnthony. Nobody has inspired me more than Anthony Bourdain to search for the very best in food out there… from down and dirty street carts to the finest of restaurants. And at the end of the day, it’s all those meals… those food memories, that form the core of the person and cook I am today. Just to have the chance to meet, yet alone be mentored by the man himself is a dream and it makes me incredibly proud to have flown the flag for Malaysian cuisine with my Nyonya Sambal Prawn dish on the series premiere of the competition.
The icing on the cake has to be the messages of congratulations pouring in from #TeamGuan, both here on the ground in London and from loved ones in Malaysia and around the world. Much gratitude for the support and cheering me on!
So onto the Final 12 we go. And what an incredibly talented bunch of cooks I’ll have the pleasure of competing against. And genuinely some of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met. Tune in to see how the rest of this story unfolds.
The Taste airs Tuesdays 9pm on Channel 4. UK folks can catch up on Episode 1 of the series on demand here.
I tuned in just to see you, Guan! I really appreciate that you didn’t spoil it for us. I got quite excited to see Anthony (and Ludo)’s reaction to your food especially knowing how you feel about AB. Well done! Looking forward to Tuesday.
@Janice: Thanks for the support Janice!! Yes, it’s a dream to have the chance to work with Bourdain. Roll on episode 2!
Hey Guan. Couldn’t be more proud of you! You are doing a way Btr job than tan Sri representing Malaysia!
Hope to see more of you in the coming weeks.
@Lucas: Cheers Luc! No worries, no interest in ever buying an EPL football club anytime soon ;P
Hi Guan, been on call this week so finally just watched it on catch-up – it was amazing – well done!! Looking forward to next week so best of luck!
@Pravisha: Tx for tuning in dear! Yes, till next week =)
Yay, I did see it, was lovely to see your reaction to Bourdain’s comments. GOOD LUCK!
@Kavey: Thanks for the support Kavey! Do stay tuned ;P
I’m surprised your blog hasn’t exploded yet from your newly acquired #TheTaste fans 😀 You actually looked pretty chilled when Anthony was complimenting you/when you were deciding on the team.
Congrats on your immunity and progressing through to next week, good luck for the rest of the competition!
Thanks for the kind words and support Bobbie! Roll on the next episode 😉
Oooh that wink suggests you made it through?? The eps are filmed a week in advance right?
@Bobbie: Won’t give anything away, watch it unfold for yourself =)! Filming for the whole show wrapped last year (it’s the case with most cookery programmes). We contestants just have become very good at keeping secrets.
Oh my goodness… last year??? O_O Wow. Whilst I love the show and love watching it, I was actually wondering what does the winner receive for winning…? And no wonder you actually have time to host supper clubs then (was wondering how you were juggling that + competing)! Hope you’ll continue doing them, would love to attend and bring foodie colleagues if the opportunity arises. Actually dying to try some of your food; that prawn dish looked freaking delicious. Not long ’til Tuesday now! 🙂
@Bobbie: Yes, do come to the Supper club at some pt. Will release new dates in the coming weeks.
There’s no monetary prize – Don’t think any of the other Uk cookery competitions (masterchef etc) have an actual prize either.. Guess it’s about the title and using the exposure to make opportunities happen etc…
Great, I look forward to it! 🙂
Hmmm interesting wording…! Does that mean you didn’t win? Oh the spoilers! Although, it’s just as well that there isn’t a monetary prize. I had a browse at the original US version where the reward was $100,000 and a car, and unfortunately the contestants became extremely competitive and b*tchy. I watched a few episodes and stopped. The UK contestants definitely seem far nicer.
@Bobbie: Not giving anything away! Hope you’ll be stay tuned and watch it all unfold for yourself…
Love the stage set.looks like something Brunel might have built!
@Stuart: Indeed, the set was one of the most awesome parts of the experience. Our set designer was a real wizard!
Go Guan go! Malaysian in Reading here and 100% behind the homeboy x
@Pui Yee: Tx for the support! Proud to fly the flag for Malaysians and Malaysian food.
HI Guan, Am a good friend of your big sis and we just had dinner together. Wish you the best of luck in Team Bourdain! Kenny
@Kenny: Thanks for the support Kenny! Hopefully see you when I’m ever back in KL for vacation!
Rooting for you 100%, Guan. You have impeccable taste (no pun intended) and style. Bloggers do it better 😉
@Lela: Aww thanks for the support =)
Awh Guan! What a lovely final ep and exit interview, congrats on getting so far. Quarter finals are defo something to be proud of 🙂 Shame you didn’t win or remain til the finals but sadly humility doesn’t work when trying to fight your case to remain in the competition – cultural differences I guess :p
Super well done for being the last *man* standing in the competition though. My colleagues and I are very excited about tasting your food in a few weeks’ time!
@Crystina: No regrets, glad to have made it as far as I did. Looking forward to hosting you guys later this month!
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