This Malaysian Won A Gordon Ramsay Cooking Contest With Her Grandma’s Chilli Crab Recipe

"It's absolutely delicious."

Cover image via Michelle Yong

A Malaysian home cook came out on top in an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s new competitive culinary show

Michelle Yong.

Image via Michelle Yong

Michelle Yong, a 27-year-old Malaysian who's currently working in the UK as a data analyst, took part in Episode 12 of 'Culinary Genius', a new cooking competition series created by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay.

Yong wowed the judges with a delicious serving of sweet and sour king prawns, inspired by her late grandmother's chilli crab recipe


Image via Michelle Yong
Image via Michelle Yong

Yong told Sinchew that the dish was inspired by her late grandmother, who used to make chilli crab for her when she was a kid.

Due to limited ingredients, she couldn't make chilli crab and decided to whip out a dish that's similar to it.

Little did she know, her humble dish proved to be a hit among the judges!

Phil Vickery tasting Yong's dish.

Image via Michelle Yong

"It's absolutely delicious. The sauce is excellent and the prawns are cut perfectly. This is really, really good!" said Phil Vickery, a Michelin-starred chef who was acting as the guest judge.

"Your grandmother would be really proud of you," added Fern Britton, the host of the cooking competition.

The Selangor-born Yong had auditioned for the contest which only allows cooks who have never worked professionally in the food industry before

Image via Michelle Yong

Each episode of 'Culinary Genius' sees nine amateur cooks face three rounds of intense kitchen challenges, with a prize of £1,000 (RM5,622) for the winner.

The show is hosted by Fern Britton with a new celebrity chef taking charge each week.

Big congrats to you, Yong! :D

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