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Singapore, 14 October 2016 – The inaugural Singapore Food Masters 2016 culminated in an Awards Night this evening, where the top three Singapore Food Masters from each respective zone - North, Central, East & West, were awarded. It was held at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen, Hotel Jen Tanglin.

A total of 124 stalls and restaurants were up against each other in the hope of garnering the most number of votes by readers of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) newspapers. More than 17,000 votes were cast over a period of four weeks via SMS and online.

The top ten most-voted-for stalls and restaurants for each zone had a panel of judges, comprising food & beverage professionals and food writers making surprise visits to these stalls/restaurants to decide on the top three finalists. The finalists were determined through the following judging criteria - taste, service, cleanliness, value for money and healthier choice. 

The judging panel consists of the following:

1. Dr Teo Hark Piang, Executive Director, Union Energy Corporation Pte Ltd
2. Chef Forest Leong, Forest Restaurant, RWS
3. Ms Hedy Khoo, The New Paper's resident Cooking Columnist, Hed Chef
4. Mr Marcus Yeo Chuan Liang, Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao
5. Ms Ng Yimin, Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao
6. Mr Yeoh Wee Teck, Columnist, The New Paper

The top three finalists from each of the 4 zones and their winning dish (in no order of ranking) are:

1. Hanwoori Korean Restaurant - Budae Jeongol (Army Hotpot)
2. Rong Cheng (Sin Ming Road) Bak Kut Teh – Bak Kut Teh
3. Yishun 925 Chicken Rice – Hainanese Chicken Rice

1. Authentic Mun Chee Kee King of Pig's Organ Soup – Pig’s Organ Soup
2. Hong Kong Pig Trotters – Hong Kong style Pig Trotters
3. Lam's Abalone Noodle – Abalone Noodle

1. Hong Kong Street Family Restaurant – Pork Ribs & Bitter Gourd in Black Bean Sauce
2. Roast Paradise – Hakka Noodles with Char Siew
3. Yu Cun Claypot Curry Fish Head – Curry Fish Head

1. Chicky Fun – Chicken Rice & Chicken ‘Char Siew’
2. De' Beer Garden – Flaming Chicken
3. San Laksa Steamboat Pte Ltd – Laksa Steamboat

Ms Elsie Chua, Chief Marketing Officer of SPH, said: “We are delighted to bring the discovery of tasty hawker food in Singapore to a greater height with the inauguration of the                  'Singapore Food Masters 2016', helmed by The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, The New Paper and My Paper. The search for great local food has extended beyond hawker centres to include coffee shops, small cafes and restaurants from various parts of Singapore and we are proud to be the pioneer in discovering these hidden gems in the North, Central, East and West zones."

Ms Hedy Khoo said: "The Singapore Food Masters 2016 shows that food culture in Singapore is definitely flourishing and worth celebrating. Local cuisine is constantly evolving, taking the best of heritage with the addition of new elements. It is this tremendous respect for tradition combined with the spirit of innovation which makes Singapore food very exciting and inspiring."

Chef Forest Leong said: " Food has always been the common platform for bonding among family and friends and even at corporate meetings. The participating dishes in this competition are pretty competitive and some even go beyond the quality and taste. It is indeed great to have so many eateries in Singapore that offer a wide variety of food at any time of the day.”

In celebration of Singapore Food Masters 2016, Ah Hoi’s Kitchen, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, put together a customised set menu - Ah Hoi's Kitchen Special Set Menu for guests. The menu includes the restaurant's signature dish - Chef Lam's Signature Chilli Hot Pot. This special set menu is available from now till 15 November. Public can make their purchase online at by 23 October at a special price of $48/pax (U.P. $90/pax). 

The inaugural Singapore Food Masters 2016 was brought to you by SPH newspapers, sponsored by Union Gas and Lam Soon Group, with Hotel Jen Tanglin as Supporting Partner for the Awards Night.

Visit to find out more about the Top 10 finalists from each zone and information on Singapore Food Masters 2016.

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The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.

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