If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Well, for most of the contestants in this socially-driven TV series, they didn’t really have a choice. They lead less privileged lives than most of us Singaporeans, and jumped at the chance to come to our developed, clean and green garden city. Singapore beckoned with a glimmer of a better life, as these kids learned how to cook through this Resorts World Sentosa partnered TV programme, in a 5-star facility. I’ve worked for a 5-star hotel before and let me promise you, its not easy. And firstly, it’s not easy to get in! The hotel kitchens are very competitive and can cook you with their high pressure and tiring long hours. I’m positive that these kids appreciate this fine opportunity handed to them on a silver platter, and will definitely take back home more than they had left with.
For each of the 12 contestants that participated in this reality TV show, they bring home a $2000 bursary. One of them will win a grand prize of a scholarship worth over S$30,000 at the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy in Singapore, co-sponsored by RWS.
I actually watched the first episode by chance and I was slightly delighted to see more meaningful shows being created for consumers. I think reality TV entertainment has evolved a bit, and instead of whiling our time away watching trashy Jersey Shore-esque television, community-focused shows with original content like Jennifer Lopez’s Q’Viva, Undercover Happiness on Channel 5, and The Big Break by AFC has shown viewer demand for more heart.
Glamorous judges like the bright-eyed Farah Quinn and Chef Alan Orreal, Judge of The Big Break and Executive Chef of RWS, started the season with travel to less privileged countries around Asia, and handpicked particular younglings with potential. Through the season, I watched some of them go from zero to hero, growing not only through their cooking skills, but in personal development as well.
I personally witnessed many individual’s inability to cook Char Kway Teow in the first episode, and now the final 2 left standing will be tasked to create fine dining – more specifically, French haute cuisine – in the signature Joël Robuchon style. Not without close mentorship of course – Joël Robuchon’s Executive Chef Tomonori Danzaki will keep a watchful eye over them.
Visit this website for the latest information about contestants as well as summaries and highlights from each episode.
Asian Food Channel (AFC) will unveil the winner in a one-hour finale on StarHub Channel 435, Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 10pm.
Don’t miss it! Be a part of the finale action of The Big Break, a programme with the testament that social good through TV has come a long way.