Singapore, 4 January 2018 - Following resounding support for Singapore Food Masters, the inaugural awards returned in 2017 for its second edition.
A total of 104 eateries featuring food from different ethnicities competed in the hopes of garnering the most number of votes by readers of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) newspapers. More than 50,000 votes were cast over a period of four weeks through SMS and online votes. 20 lucky voters also walked away with $100 worth of shopping vouchers each.
The eateries were categorized according to zone districts in Singapore - North, Central, East, West. A panel of judges, which comprised food writers and bloggers, made surprise visits to the top ten most-voted-for stalls and restaurants in each zone. The top three finalists were then determined based on the following criteria - taste, service, cleanliness, value for money and healthier choice.
The judging panel comprised the following:
1. Mr Koh Weng Wai, Head, Marketing Communications, Integrated Marketing Division, Singapore Press Holdings
2. Mr Marcus Yeo Chuan Liang, Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao
3. Mr Yeoh Wee Teck, Columnist, The New Paper
4. Ms Eunice Tan, Assistant Manager, Marketing Communications Division, Integrated Marketing, Singapore Press Holdings
5. Ms Liu Kaiying, Contributor, The Smart Local
6. Ms Maureen Wee, Blogger, Ms Tam Chiak
7. Ms Tan Xue Wei, Founder, An Affair With Food
8. Mr Joe Yang, Instagrammer, Mightyfoodie
The top 3 finalists from each of the 4 zones (in no order of ranking) are:
1. Gu Ma Jia
2. Hanwoori Korean Restaurant
3. To-Ricos Kway Chap
1. Deja Brew
2. Dim Sum Haus
3. Fatty Aunt Yong Tau Foo
1. Chin Lee Restaurant
2. Crab Kingdom
3. Yan Ji Seafood Soup
1. Ah Ma Lor Mee
3. Xing Yun Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Quotes from panel of judges
Mr Yeo Wee Teck, Columist, Weeteats, The New Paper, said: "From coffee shops to casinos, we can find great food. That's one of the joys in life. And I am always thrilled to honour them, especially those that are under the radar!"
Ms Tan Xue Wei, Instagrammer and blogger of An Affair With Food, said: "I believe that food transcends boundaries and brings people together. When it comes to our unique Singaporean food culture and history, there's no one way or word to describe ours. We have come a long way with so many influences, combinations and history. As one of the judges for Singapore Food Masters 2017, I hope to understand Singapore's food scenes even better, to be inspired by the stories and build a community of people who enjoy food and culture."
Mr Nikolai Wee, 45, participated in the voting of Singapore Food Masters. He said: "As an avid foodie myself, I chanced upon the campaign at one of my favourite stalls and decided to vote for it. This is really an awesome event that can motivate hawkers and chefs to work harder for their food and bring us the best."
For more information on Singapore Food Masters 2017 and to find out more about the Top 10 finalists from each zone, visit www.imsph.sg/sgfoodmasters
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Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.
On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall.
SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall. It built an upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road, and is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh Road. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point.
It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator.
SPH runs a regional events and conferences arm, and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.