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Cooking Right, Looking Good in 2019!

Cooking Right, Looking Good in 2019

It’s not often when bloggers get a chance to be trained by a professional Chef, roll up their sleeves to whip up a full-course meal and have them judged for presentation, taste and creativity. So, when the chance came up to participate in the exciting Cooking Right, Looking Good in 2019 event by Alce Nero at Berjaya University College, 23 bloggers and influencers donned their chef hats and aprons and set the kitchen on fire, in a good way, of course. The event was jointly organised with 100Comments, the nation’s leading independent review platform, and co-sponsored by OilumNutriva and EUBOS.

Natural, Wholesome Products

Before the cooking session started, the participants were introduced to Alce Nero’s range of organic products. Established in 1978, Alce Nero boasts of nearly 300 organic products from pasta, rice, tomato pulp and sauces, vegetables, legumes and puréed soups, biscuits and fruit juice, fruit preserves and honey, as well as vegetable drinks and a baby-food line. According to Mr Nathan Deverre, Strategic Marketing Advisor, Ayam Brand Malaysia, the products which are grown and processed in Italy on fields that are free of chemicals and pesticides.

She loves Alce Nero's range of organic products!

She loves Alce Nero’s range of organic products!

Everyone was excited to begin whipping up delicious meals with Alce Nero’s wholesome products.

Participants are rearing to start the cooking workshop using Alce Nero's organic products as well as Ayam Brand's delicious food products

Participants were rearing to start the cooking workshop using Alce Nero’s organic products as well as Ayam Brand’s delicious food products

 

Mr Nathan Deverre with Chef Athira and her assistants

Mr Nathan Deverre with Chef Athira and her assistants

A Race Against Time

The participants, now technically known as “students”, divided themselves into teams of threes and twos and were taught three recipes by Chef Athira, Chef Lecturer, Berjaya University College. The confident and super capable chef also emphasised on an orderly way of maintaining their individual stations and how to ensure food safety in preparing the raw ingredients. Chef Athira earned her Master of Philosophy (Food Studies) from Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Le Mirail, France, and has a very straightforward yet engaging approach of training her eager students.

Chef Athira doing what she does best - teaching a batch of eager cooking enthusiasts

Chef Athira doing what she does best – teaching a batch of eager cooking enthusiasts

 

Cooking is fun!

Cooking is fun!

 

"Be mindful of food safety guys. Be kind to my tummy because I'm going to taste your food!"

“Be mindful of food safety guys. Be kind to my tummy because I’m going to taste your food!”

Given only three hours to prepare Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad, Italian Seafood Laksa and Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes, the students soon got to work.

“It was indeed a challenge to cook under such time restrictions. When I cook at home, I can take all the time that I need, but here, I can feel the stress,” said Syafiera Yamin, an energetic mummy blogger. In spite of the intense pressure, she had great fun cooking with her station mates and have demonstrated great skills in food presentation. Their team won the best salad award.

(From left to right) Syafiera Yamin, Naomie Licouz and Cindy Tong can't wait to begin cooking their first dish

(From left to right) Syafiera Yamin, Naomie Licouz and Cindy Tong can’t wait to begin cooking their first dish

 

Syafiera Yamin has serious vegetable carving skills!

Syafiera Yamin has serious vegetable carving skills!

Dboystudio, Rodiah Amir and Kathy Wui teamed up to concoct the best laksa of the day. They worked well together as evidenced by their huge grins and warm rapport.

(From left to right) Dboystudio, Rodiah Amir and Kathy Wui make a great team!

(From left to right) Dboystudio, Rodiah Amir and Kathy Wui make a great team!

Kooi Mei, Wen Li and Shet Ling of Team 3 won the best strawberry jam cakes and commented that it was a timely recipe to make for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations.

(From left to right) Kooi Mei, Shet Ling and Wen Li

(From left to right) Kooi Mei, Shet Ling and Wen Li won the best strawberry jam cakes dish!

 

Cooking under a time limit is quite a feat!

Cooking under a time limit is quite a feat!

Boosting Inner Health & Beauty

After the rousing cooking session, the participants explored the booths to learn about the products on display and to sample them as well.

Nutriva® MoriHeal Plus Rejuvenating Botanical Beverage and Nutriva® Nutritional Yeast, the two delicious products to supplement your daily nutritional needs

Nutriva® MoriHeal Plus Rejuvenating Botanical Beverage and Nutriva® Nutritional Yeast, the two delicious products to supplement your daily nutritional needs

 

Nutriva® MoriHeal Plus Rejuvenating Botanical Beverage tasted so good, even the kid loved it!

Nutriva® MoriHeal Plus Rejuvenating Botanical Beverage tasted so good, even the kid loved it!

The Nutriva station had samples of the refreshingly delicious Nutriva® MoriHeal Plus Rejuvenating Botanical Beverage, which is made from 100% natural ingredients that include Soursop, Noni Enzyme, Mangosteen Enzyme, Moringa leaf, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Bilberry and Blackcurrant for supporting digestive health, immunity and general well-being.

“There is no added sugar or unwanted additives in this nutritional beverage. What you taste is the sweetness of from the fruits themselves,” said Mr Wallace Teoh, General Manager, Nutriva International Sdn Bhd.

Just a typical day, hanging out at a juice bar!

Just a typical day, hanging out at a juice bar!

 

Mr Wallace Teoh, GM of Nutriva International Sdn Bhd with Nutriva's health products

Mr Wallace Teoh with Nutriva’s health products

We were also treated with the Nutriva® Nutritional Yeast, which was liberally sprinkled on our salad and laksa dishes, which subtly enhanced the flavours. The nutritional yeast is produced from a specially selected strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and has been deactivated by heat and roller dried to obtain powders or flakes. It is a popular vegetarian/vegan ingredient, which adds a great, savoury flavour to a variety of dishes. Nutritional yeasts are naturally rich in proteins and dietary fibres, as well as containing a significant level of vitamins and minerals.

Olive Oil & Collagen Goodness For Dry Skin

The Oilum booth had bloggers sampling the Oilum lotion that protects the skin from the harsh and drying environmental damage. They also got to know more about the Oilum firming hydro rebalancing cleanser that cleanses the face and body without stripping the moisture from the skin. “All these are possible thanks to the natural olive oil and collagen ingredients contained in the Oilum products that work together in a unique formula resulting in younger-looking skin,” said Mr Andrew Tan, Director of MD Pharma.

Mr Andrew Tan explaining the bountiful goodness of Oilum's products to a participant

Mr Andrew Tan explaining the bountiful goodness of Oilum’s products to a participant

 

Khairul Anuar just loves Oilum products!

Khairul Anuar just loves Oilum products!

 

Rodiah Amir (center) flanked by Mr Andrew Tan (left) and his assistant.

Rodiah Amir (center) flanked by Mr Andrew Tan (left) and his assistant.

Skin Care Products From Germany

Participants also got to discover the goodness of EUBOS Skin Care products, which are scientifically formulated with proven effective dermatological ingredients to cleanse, nourish, protect and enhance healthy skin. EUBOS Basic Skin Care range consists of cleansing and care products for every skin type. The proven dermatological active ingredients protect the biosphere of the skin and provide emollient and moisture. The EUBOS Sensitive Skin range is designed specifically for sensitive dry, easily irritable skin. They are proven to have a regenerating and protective effect as they supply dry skin with intense moisture and selected emollients.

We can't wait to try out EUBOS Anti-dandruff Shampoo!

We can’t wait to try out EUBOS Anti-dandruff Shampoo!

Shet Ling posing with the range of EUBOS products

Shet Ling posing with the range of EUBOS products

 

"Oooh, I love how EUBOS feels on my skin!"

“Oooh, I love how EUBOS feels on my skin!”

Till The Next Time!

In addition to our attractive goodie bags with items worth RM200, there were plenty contest winners that day. Here are a few of them receiving the generous gifts courtesy of Nutriva.

AlongMurni receiving her gift from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

AlongMurni receiving her gift from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

 

Megan Tan receiving her gift from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

Megan Tan receiving her gift from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

 

Sanny Chai receiving her from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

Sanny Chai receiving her from Mr Wallace of Nutriva

 

Kooi Mei is thrilled with her goodie bag

Kooi Mei is thrilled with her goodie bag

The exciting event drew to a close at about 4 pm with satisfied and happily tired smiles all around. It was such a pleasure getting to know everyone and we hope to see you in our next event!

Group photo with Mr Nathan Deverre of Ayam Brands

Group photo with Mr Nathan Deverre of Ayam Brand

 

Group photo with Mr Andrew Tan of MD Pharma

Group photo with Mr Andrew Tan of MD Pharma

 

Group photo with Mr Wallace Teoh of Nutriva International

Group photo with Mr Wallace Teoh of Nutriva International

 

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