There was this queue, and I was so blur that I didn't even realised people were all queueing up to get an autograph signed book from Chef Tyler Florence. By the time I went to queue up, I was told by one of the staff from Alexia and I quote after her "Sorry Miss! Am afraid the queue up to the line has ended". Do you know, to hear that remark and she couldn't even make an exception for me since I did fly half way across the world to attend this event was really heartbreaking and painful to my ears. What a bummer right? I could feel my eyes tearing up, but I remained calm and composed and walked away like any lady would. So I told myself in my mind, okay it's just Chef Tyler Florence, but who am I kidding right?
Since I couldn't get any luck from trying to get a photo taken together with Chef Tyler Florence; Emily, Elisabeth, Angela and I started to head back to the hotel since we were pretty much done with all the food tasting. Before leaving, we took a couple more shots of course and grab a taxi back to the hotel.
|The moment my dream came true..,.|
Now isn't that something? The day has been really fun and when evening came by, that's even more exciting. The Gala Dinner is held in the Grand Hyatt and we have Chef Tyler Florence as our guest chef for the night who will be cooking LIVE right in front our very own eyes. For me, that's almost like a cherry on top of a cake. These were the times I recall myself watching Chef Tyler Florence on TV during his younger days and now his latest cooking show titled 'Tyler's Ultimate' which airs on The Food Network Channel.
The Gala Dinner is hosted by Alexia Foods, and they have collaborated together with Chef Tyler Florence to show us a LIVE DEMO cooking show. The dinner was also aired live on Facebook via Alexia Foods. Apart from live demo, it was also an event for the finalist of Alexia's next flavour re-invention of the fries.
|Elisabeth & Angela|
|Nam & Devaki|
|Angela & myself.. photo courtesy from Elisabeth|
At first, little did I know that Angela @ Fab Find Foodie is one of the finalist. It was certainly a pleasure to meet her in person as she is genuinely friendly. So if you ever meet her next time in person, go talk to her or even introduce yourself to her. She's definitely a celebrity blogger in my eyes as she is not arrogant or what so ever. Plus if you listen to what she's going to be doing soon, her story will definitely inspire you to follow your dreams.
What is this whole Flavour Re-Invention Fries about? Basically the chosen finalist are the ones where Alexia loves the idea of their new take of mixed rub or flavour used to coat the fries. And if they win, they will have their fries produced and sold. How cool is that!?!
Angela came up with Classic Dill Julienne Fries. Honestly, I was torn between two choices as I really liked Angela's Classic Dill Julienne Fries as well as another finalist who came up with Thai Spiced Sweet Potato Julienne Fries. To me, they are both winners and I will definitely buy them any time. Both had their own distinct flavour and trust me will definitely have you ask for more. If you like, you can still vote for them and judge based on what you think taste good in your mind. To vote, go to www.facebook.com/Alexiafoods . So go show some support to our fellow bloggers. Every little bit helps right?
If you are wondering what did Chef Tyler cooked live? I think everybody pretty covered this part in their post update and I will keep it short here. He cooked roasted pork chops with braised cabbage and spaetzle. A note of advise from Chef Tyler to us all and I quote after him "Colour Equals Flavour". So remember this peeps, whenever you are planning to pan fry, grill or roast meat or poultry.
As for his lovely dish, it's too bad we didn't get to try them.. but according to Angela that spaetzle was really light, fluffy, crumbly and taste real good [sigh....]. Thank god for the beautiful center piece that diverted my attention, so I wouldn't feel sad for not being able to try his dish.
Dinner menu was not too far from short either. It was a 4 meal course dinner. For Appetizer, we had Butternut Squash Risotto Bites, Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Vegetable Samosas with Tamarind Dipping Sauce [no photos here as I was too busy listening to Chef Tyler during the cooking demo..]. I have to say I did enjoy the Vegetable Samosas or maybe because it was cold and I was starting to get hungry..LOL.
|Us ladies ..toasting the night away to our new friendship!! (Photo courtesy from Elisabeth)|