Gordon Ramsay to challenge Singapore hawkers in culinary face-off

UPDATE: Gordon Ramsay will compete to cook the best chicken rice, laksa and chili crabs for the SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge this Sunday in Singapore

UPDATE 07/07/2013
Not to fret if you can't make it to Newton Circus tonight; watch the live stream of the Hawker Heroes challenge on from 7pm.

We'll be joining the excited crowd at the showdown this evening. Be sure to follow herworldPLUS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as we bring you the latest updates, in pictures! 

UPDATE 03/07/2013
Mr Ang Kiam Meng from Jumbo Seafood (he garnered 319,922 online votes), Mdm Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice (318,151 votes), and Mr Ryan Koh from 328 Katong Laksa (316,611 votes) will compete against Gordon Ramsay at the SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge on July 7, 2013.

Gordon Ramsay to challenge Singapore hawkers in culinary face-off

The three hawkers were selected after a week of public voting, garnering the most number of votes out of the total 2.5 million votes casted online.

The culinary contest will be held at Newton Circus Food Centre from and members of the public are welcome to watch the face-off. 1,000 servings of the dishes prepared by the participating chefs will be made available to the audience in attendance.

Ramsay will learn how to prepare the three signature dishes during the "training cookoff" sessions on July 5 and 6, before unveiling his unique takes on laksa, chicken rice and chili crab at the finale showdown on July 7.

SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge
Date: July 7, 2013, from 6pm
Venue: Newton Circus Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495
Website: Go to for more information. Admission is free for this culinary contest.

Published on 28/06/2013
Singapore fans who have been eagerly awaiting celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s visit to our shores won’t be disappointed as he’ll soon be in town for a culinary showdown with popular Singapore hawker chefs.

Gordon Ramsay to challenge Singapore hawkers in culinary face-off
Gordon Ramsay will soon be in Singapore for the SingTel Food Challenge. PHOTO: BBC LIFESTYLE

Known for hosting reality TV programmes including Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, Hotel Hell and more, the Michelin-starred chef had accepted the SingTel Food Challenge on July 24. Invited by SingTel and a group of local bloggers, the celebrity chef will take on Singapore hawkers in a battle to cook the best local dishes.

The food contest will pit him against three hawker chefs, who will be selected by public voting on Voting closes on Tuesday, July 2, at 11.59 PM.

In his official acceptance video, Gordon Ramsay admits that he's "not an expert on Singapore food", he believes that Singaporeans will “like (his) version better.”

When we'd last checked the website at 10am on Friday, the hawkers of Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Mee, 328 Katong Laksa and Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice were leading the race.

While local fans of the chef are hyped about his upcoming visit, some of the competing hawkers have no clue as to who Gordon Ramsay is.

Speaking to The New Paper, bak kut teh stall owner Gwee Guek Hwa, 55, had said in Mandarin: “I’ve never heard of Gordon Ramsay. Is he Singaporean?”

Go to to vote for your top three favourite hawker chefs to compete with Gordon Ramsay.