Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

The three dukes are set to square off against one another in an upcoming cook-off

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
24 Nov 2016

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

Photos: Elis Ching
Video: Charlene Chong

Come December 12, three of Mediacorp’s finest Dukes, namely Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan will be going head-to-head in an all-out cooking competition.

The cook-off, which will be streamed live on The Celebrity Agency’s Facebook page, will see the three dukes preparing two dishes – one appetiser and one main course.

Ahead of the competition, the trio headed down to Shu Jiang Grilled Fish at Resorts World Sentosa for a quick practice session to hone their cooking chops.

Right off the bat, it seems that Desmond already has a bit of a lead over his fellow competitors. During our interview with them before the cooking session, Desmond shared that he was “more confident in his cooking”, and rated his cooking a full 10 out of 10, laughing that one needs to be “confident, at the very least”.

Meanwhile, Romeo jested that if instant noodles were included, he’d rate his cooking skills a 11 out of 10. All jokes aside, Romeo revealed that while he loves to eat, he still doesn’t really know how to cook, giving himself a modest 6.5 out of 10.

Zhen Huan also divulged that while he used to cook, he rarely does so nowadays, due to his schedule.

“Furthermore, Singapore has so many good food, so I definitely eat out more often,” he laughed, choosing to give himself a mere 5 out of 10 for his cooking abilities.

(Continued on the next page: How did they fare at the training session?)

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
24 Nov 2016

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

After the interview, the dukes then rolled up their sleeves for their practice session with the head chef.

The trio were first brought through the process of cooking the appetiser, with the chef giving a live demonstration as he explained the steps needed to cook the dish. Then, they settled down to start preparing their own versions of the dish, carefully slicing and trimming the ingredients before stir-frying and carefully plating the finished product. 

Though Romeo and Zhen Huan had self deprecatingly deemed themselves as bad cooks during the interview, the fruit of their efforts showed that it was definitely going to be a close fight amongst the three.

In the words of Zhen Huan, who seemed slightly more confident after the cooking session, “We still have around three weeks to practice [the dishes]. We can [definitely] improve after learning today.”

Click on for more pictures of their cooking adventure!

The trio looking on attentively as the head chef teaches them how to plate the dish
The trio looking on attentively as the head chef teaches them how to plate the dish
24 Nov 2016

The trio looking on attentively as the head chef teaches them how to plate the dish

The dukes agreed heartily with the saying that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, sharing that they’d love to have a significant other who can cook.

Desmond looks just like a chef, don't you think?
Desmond looks just like a chef, don't you think?
24 Nov 2016

Desmond looks just like a chef, don't you think?

#ChefDT, as Desmond’s fans have dubbed him, shared that the last dish he cooked was herbal chicken, with the help of pre-packaged herbs and spices.

Romeo was one of the first to try his hand at cooking that night
Romeo was one of the first to try his hand at cooking that night
24 Nov 2016

Romeo was one of the first to try his hand at cooking that night

He laughingly shared that when he last appeared on the variety show, 3-Plus-1, he tried his hand at a cherry tomato pasta dish that ended up more like Chinese Hokkien mee.

Zhen Huan was the next duke to take on the challenge
Zhen Huan was the next duke to take on the challenge
24 Nov 2016

Zhen Huan was the next duke to take on the challenge

Zhen Huan, who was recently hospitalised due to stomach issues, jokingly introduced himself as “someone who loves to eat so much he was hospitalised for it." The Sichuan-born actor who recently went back to his hometown had to be on drip in the hospital after his gastric acted up.

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
24 Nov 2016

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

Both Desmond and Zhen Huan agreed that they’re more confident at cooking Chinese cuisine, while Romeo favoured Western cuisine.

Zhen Huan, Romeo and Desmond with the head chef
Zhen Huan, Romeo and Desmond with the head chef
24 Nov 2016

Zhen Huan, Romeo and Desmond with the head chef

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
24 Nov 2016

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan


Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan
24 Nov 2016

Cooking up a storm with Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan

The Celebrity Cook-Off will be streamed live on The Celebrity Agency’s Facebook page on December 12 and 19 at 8pm

WATCH: Who’s gonna win The Celebrity Cook-Off?

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