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Bosch @ Savour 2012 – Part 2

*Media Invite*

Here are the pictures from the Savour 2012 Face Off competition between Chef John See and Chef Claudio Sandri. Both chefs were using state of the art Bosch kitchen equipment to demonstrate their cooking. I don’t know about you, but for me, looking at kitchen appliances and kitchenware turns me on. And when you pair the words kitchen appliances with STATE OF THE ART, you basically have my full attention!

Unfortunately, I don’t have funky cool kitchen appliances in my house. I guess the 2 things I’m most proud of in my house is my huge built in oven as well as my stand up mixer. I would love to deck out my kitchen with state of the art kitchen equipment. It’s a pity that kitchen sizes are getting smaller in Singapore. The property people say it’s because Singaporeans are cooking less. I say it’s because the kitchens are so embarrassingly small that the act of cooking is made much more difficult, resulting in people having no choice but to eat out.

Like most traditional households in Singapore, I use gas stoves rather than induction stoves. I like to see the flames and I judge the heat by looking at the flames. The stoves at the Bosch Specialty Kitchen were fitted with induction stoves. Apparently, you listen for the sizzling sounds in the pan to judge if your pan is hot enough! Also, it seems the pan heats up pretty quickly when using the induction stove, contrary to popular belief. And because it’s state of the art, all you need to do is to push some buttons and it’s working already. No need to fiddle with matches or lighters.

The chefs made it look really easy to cook with the induction stove. For me, it’ll take more than just looking to convince me to move to an induction stove. Can Bosch please invite me to have a hands on experience with their appliances and equipment? I wouldn’t mind if you loan me the stuff either! :) :) :)

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (12)

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (13) This is brown fried rice, even though it doesn’t look like it. Tasted great! Light and non oily

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (19)

Sauteed garlic prawns. Also a very simple dish with lots of flavour.

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Bosch @ Savour 2012

*Media Invite*

Before I begin the post proper, I just want to say that the highlight of the event was to be escorted under a huge 6 man umbrella by a cute umbrella bearer during the torrential downpour. What a sight indeed. At first, it was just me, Hazel from Ai Makan and Sherie of Maameemoomoo together with the umbrella. Half-way to the VIP booth, we acquired 2 stowaways, who just as mysteriously disappeared before we even reached our booth. Scroll right to the end for photos.

OKAYYY, on to the event itself. As the official home appliance sponsor of SAVOUR 2012, Bosch invited old media as well as new media to experience Bosch’s best-in- class induction hobs, elite built-in ovens, versatile kitchen machines and a range of cooking appliances during a “Face Off” cooking experience with Bosch star chefs. The 2 star chefs of the day were Chef John See, who previously worked as the Chief Chef to former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, as well as Chef Claudio Sandri, who currently helms the kitchen at Brasserie Wolf.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (16) For the record, I liked the brown fried rice done by Chef John See.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (17)

While waiting for the chefs to do their thing, we indulged ourselves in the delicious canapés provided. I love canapés, not least because they look so dainty and tasty! If there are so many dim sum restaurants around, why aren’t there restaurants focussing on just canapés?

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (3) Closer look…

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (25) Bosch Savour 2012 Event (8) Even otah can look so atas when put in the right hands!

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (20) Scallops

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (14) A mixologist getting our drinks ready

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (23) Hazel of Ai Makan posing with the refreshing minty concoction that kinda resembles plants growing out of the glass.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event

The perks of being Bosch’s VIP guest was that we got to raid the VIP tent! After walking through the torrential downpour, I wasn’t all that keen on the free flow of champagne so I just opted for a cappuccino. There were lots of canapés to choose from. We were told they were all air flown in from France, but actually, we agreed that most of the canapés tasted weird. No idea why. There was however, 1 item which was fantastic beyond words, and that was the chocolate treat above. Top layer of chocolate ganache like jelly followed by another chocolate layer that has a mousse flavour but not texture, and finally at the bottom, chocolate crispy base. Decadence! I had 3 to myself. Pity there’s no way to buy this …

VIP Booth at Savour 2012 (2) 

VIP Booth at Savour 2012 (3) 

Savour 2012 Umbrella Bearer (2)

Savour 2012 Umbrella Bearer And this is the 6 man umbrella I was talking about. Sherie of Mameemoomoo trying to help the guy hold up the umbrella.

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