'MasterChef Singapore' announces judges for cooking competition

MasterChef Singapore judges (from left): Damian D’Silva, Audra Morrice and Bjorn Shen. (PHOTO: Mediacorp)

Chefs Audra Morrice, Bjorn Shen and Damian D’Silva are set to judge the upcoming Singapore edition of TV cooking competition MasterChef, it was announced on Wednesday (18 April).

Morrice, who was a finalist in MasterChef Australia in 2012 and now runs a catering business in Sydney, said she was “incredibly excited” about the culinary contest coming to Singapore.

“This will be a great opportunity to showcase and harness not just the wonderful multicultural cuisine and people of this beautiful country but hopefully inspire and encourage more people to get back into the kitchen,” she said.

Shen, best known as the chef and owner of modern Middle Eastern restaurant Artichoke, said, “We are a nation of very proud home cooks, and I’m sure many of my fellow Singaporeans have been waiting a long time to show off their chops on a TV show of this level.”

As for D’Silva, he feels “very honoured” to be a judge on the series. The executive chef of Eurasian-Peranakan restaurant Folklore said that he would do his best “to invoke the cooking spirit from every contestant, so that they can find their true self.”

The popular reality TV show, created in Britain in 1990, sees amateur chefs pitting themselves against each other for the coveted title. 

Broadcaster Mediacorp initially said the show would be aired on Chinese-language Channel 8, but later backtracked and decided to air it on English-language Channel 5 after a backlash from netizens who felt it would alienate non-Mandarin speakers.

MasterChef Singapore will premiere on Channel 5 on 2 September.

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