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The Thaiger Great Convenience Store Gourmet Challenge – Season 1

Donna Toon

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And the winner is…

The Thaiger Foodie Month of March included the very popular and quirky “Great Convenience Store Gourmet Challenge” which saw chefs from around Phuket’s best restaurants take on the challenge of producing a two course meal from items purchased only at a convenience store. 5 minutes in a convenience store (most of them were 7/11s), 1000 baht cash and 45 minutes in their kitchen to cook up a storm for The Thaiger’s foodie guru and judge, Donna Toon. Donna has been a F&B director for 15 years at hotels, restaurants and beach clubs around the world – Australia, New Zealand, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand – and knows the foodie business.

The competition was fiercly fought between the five chefs, Belinda from Pavilions Phuket, Kai from Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort, Cyril from Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort, Peter from Les Diables and Ryan from Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach.

Our Season 1 winner was Ryan from Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach with an impressive 45/50 points in the challenge. His tempura beer battered scotch egg, and deconstructed liquid nitrogen coconut dessert was impressive, creative and very tasty.

And all from ingredients you can find at a standard 7/11 store in Thailand.

Enjoy the five programs here, produced and hosted by The Thaiger and hosted by Tim Newton.

Episode 1 – Belinda from Pavilions Phuket – Total 42.5 points

Episode 2 – Kai from Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort – Total 38 points

Episode 3 – Cyril from Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort – Total 43 points

Episode 4 – Peter from Les Diables – Total 43 points

Episode 5 – Ryan from Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach – Total 45 points and our winner

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Originally from New Zealand, Donna Toon has been living in Thailand for the last 9 years with her husband Scot and their two boys Jackson and Oliver. After graduating with a Degree in Hospitality Management, Donna has travelled the world with a desire to develop her craft. A recent move from hospitality has seen Donna immerse herself into the media and radio industry, consulting for a number of media companies.

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Pattaya police chief battles Thailand’s Iron Chef in cook-off for the needy – VIDEO

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: The Pattaya News

Police in Pattaya are doing more than continue their project to cook food for the needy and unemployed: yesterday they had an upbeat cook-off between the police chief and a famous Thai TV chef. The project is designed for locals who are unemployed or furloughed due to the current Covid-19 crisis. Read more about that HERE.

The Pattaya City police chief took on Thai celebrity chef Kengraratwat Wichianrat, from the show Iron Chef Thailand. The chief is wearing the red hat in the video below:

They cooked around a hundred meals for some of the locals deeply affected by the lockdowns ad closure measures, while officers provided proper physical distancing, hygiene standards and a queue system for diners, all of whom ate for free.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Social distancing pandas fill empty seats at Bangkok restaurant

Caitlin Ashworth

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An “X” usually marks the seats in restaurants and other establishments to make sure people are social distancing to prevent spread of the coronavirus. Sometimes the “X” on the empty is marked with red tape, unintentionally sending a negative message. Now one Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok has found a more fun way to make sure people are sitting apart but still marking the seat spacing.

Big, stuffed panda bear toys are placed in the vacant seats instead. (So far publishers have resisted to use the term ‘food panda’ in the headline).

Natthwut Rodchanapanthkul, owner of Maison Saigon, near Lumphini Park, told Reuters that he thought the red crosses looked a bit strange.

“Earlier we had only one chair for the tables where the customers would sit alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I’d give them some company.”

Thailand has recently lifted restrictions, on restaurants and for some it might be the first time eating at a restaurant since the lockdown. With strict rules and various seats marked with “Xs,” going out for a meal has been a bit daunting.

Photos of people eating next to and across from the pandas look a lot happier. One customer told Reuters the pandas made her feel less lonely while she ate a meal by herself.

The next step in easing restrictions around Thailand is set for this Sunday.

Shopping centres and retail shops plan to reopen but a full confirmation on precisely what will open is yet to emerge from the CSSA… hopefully today.

SOURCE:Reuters

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Cooking with Bibi – let’s make papaya salad (somtam)

The Thaiger

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Bibi heads out onto the streets to try some home-made Somtam, that spicy Papaya Salad that makes the eyes water of even the most chilli-loving farang. Then she puts on the chef hat and tries for herself. Let’s go cooking on Thailand’s streets with Bibi.

 

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