Desmond Tan dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off

From flirting to plating, The Celebrity Cook-Off stars Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan show us how to appeal to taste of the masses

Desmond Tan dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off
Desmond Tan dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off
20 Dec 2016

Desmond Tan dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off

Photos: Elis Ching, Melinda Woo

Desmond Tan definitely outdid himself at The Celebrity Cook-Off last night (Dec 19), by being solely focused on satisfying the judges’ taste buds, despite the many distracting antics of co-stars Romeo Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan.

The cook-off, which was streamed live on The Celebrity’s Agency’s Facebook page, was held at Shu Jiang Grilled Fish and saw the three dukes attempting to recreate the signature grilled fish dish of the restaurant.

Even though cooking might not seem like a daunting task for the regular at-home cook, Desmond was rather worried about grilling the fish, as “it can’t be saved once it’s burnt”.

Despite his worries, he managed to complete his dish earlier than expected and surprised the judges and audience once again by decorating his grilled fish with a piece of potato shaped like a Christmas tree, topping his previous feat of presenting broccolis that were cut into heart shapes.

The actor’s no-nonsense method proved to work the best as he eventually garnered the most votes from judges and public and emerged as the grand winner of the cook-off. He also won the $5,000 cash prize and the animal lover will be donating the entire sum to animal protection organisation, Causes For Animals.

(Continued on next slide: Where will Desmond be jetting off to after Christmas?)

Desmond dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off
Desmond dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off
20 Dec 2016

Desmond dominates The Celebrity Cook-Off

When asked about his random creation of the Christmas tree-shaped decoration, Desmond explained, “I’ve been having way too many Christmas dinners lately, so I thought I should just make the dish festive instead of wasting the piece of potato”.

He let in during an interview with Toggle that he would usually host an intimate Christmas party at his house with a number of close friends and whip up a simple meal for them, but despite his enthusiasm for the festivities, the actor will not be able to celebrate the occasion this year, as he will be having an extra long day helping out at a friend’s wedding on Christmas day.

However, the 30 year-old was ecstatic for his upcoming two-week vacation to the United States of America (USA) as he said, “It’s been forever since I went on such a long break!”

Desmond will be visiting a good friend who has migrated to the USA while touring the West Coast, mainly San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a group of six friends. 

(Continued on next page: What tricks did Zhen Huan and Romeo resort to, to win the judges’ votes?)

Romeo and Zhen Huan attempt to bribe the judges
Romeo and Zhen Huan attempt to bribe the judges
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Romeo and Zhen Huan attempt to bribe the judges

While Romeo and Zhen Huan’s culinary skills were subpar compared to Desmond Tan’s, the pair attempted to score points for showmanship by entertaining the crowd with their friendly banters.

When Romeo jokingly asked judge May Seah to vote for him in return for a cup of free coffee, Zhen Huan immediately raised the offer and said, “Just come up to my house, there’s a free flow of coffee”.

Zhen Huan also claimed that his carefully articulated act of deboning the fish was an “accident”, he said, “it’s an accident, I don’t know how this happened, just like how I’m clueless about the fire incident last week”, tickling the audience.

He even blurted out a string of incomprehensible English when he tried to say that he was being more environmentally friendly by using chopsticks, compared to Desmond, who was using gloves.

(Continued on next slide: What does Romeo do with his Christmas tree after Christmas?)

Romeo plans to spend Christmas with family
Romeo plans to spend Christmas with family
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Romeo plans to spend Christmas with family

Romeo will be having an annual family gathering held at his house this Christmas, where he spends time with his nieces and nephews. He might also be putting his improved cooking chops to good use by assisting his brother with making baked pasta.

The actor also shared an interesting habit that his family has, to justify their procrastination in keeping away the Christmas tree after Christmas, “We have this habit of removing the baubles and replacing them with red packets, just so we can use the tree for a longer time!”

(Continued on next slide: Zhen Huan: “Christmas is not important to me”)

Zhen Huan looks forward to meeting up with friends outside showbiz
Zhen Huan looks forward to meeting up with friends outside showbiz
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Zhen Huan looks forward to meeting up with friends outside showbiz

Although Zhen Huan admitted that he does not partake in most of the Christmas festivities except for putting up a Christmas tree, which he only took down in September, he is glad that it is a public holiday.

He said, “We rarely have off days, and even if we do, it might not be a weekend so it’s difficult to meet up with friends who are not in the industry, so I am glad that Christmas is one of the rare occasions that we can meet”.

The actor will be catching up with some of his classmates from university over a session of potluck on Christmas, in which he assured that he “definitely won’t be cooking”.

Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan hard at work
Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan hard at work
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Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan hard at work

Desmond Tan with radio DJ Bukoh Mary
Desmond Tan with radio DJ Bukoh Mary
20 Dec 2016

Desmond Tan with radio DJ Bukoh Mary

Wendy Tseng with Romeo Tan and Chen Ning with Zhang Zhen Huan
Wendy Tseng with Romeo Tan and Chen Ning with Zhang Zhen Huan
20 Dec 2016

Wendy Tseng with Romeo Tan and Chen Ning with Zhang Zhen Huan

Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan
Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan
20 Dec 2016

Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhen Huan

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