08 July 2013 03:45 | By Loh Chuan Junn
Gordon Ramsay: I was behind within first 45 mins of challenge

The Scottish born celebrity chef saw it coming that he would lose out in votes barely mid-way into the challenge

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that is perhaps why 15 Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay decided to call a last minute U-turn of his Laksa recipe during a much talked about cook-off at Newton Food Centre on Sunday evening.

Speaking after the announcement of the final results for the culinary challenge, Ramsay revealed that he had called for a change of plan for the Laksa dish within 45 minutes into the challenge – a rather uncharacteristic move by the culinary king.

“I knew, within the first 45 minutes, that we were slightly running behind in the match and I changed the recipe, which might have been a bit of a dumb thing to do,” he said.

The 46-year-old also admitted that he was “struggling” with Laksa, which he felt was the toughest of the three dishes that were presented.

At the end of the day, Ramsay was defeated 2-1 by Ryan Koh of 328 Katong Laksa by 19 per cent and Madam Foo Kui Lian of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice by six per cent.

He was triumphant against Ang Kiam Meng of Jumbo Seafood Restaurant by five per cent.

“I’m over the moon,” Ramsay told reporters, despite not having been the overall winner.

“Forget the corporate stuff, forget the sponsors. This [event] was all about them, it is about highlighting how good Singapore hawker food is.”

The culinary challenge on Sunday drew close to 5,000 excited members of the public, many of whom were fans of the chef. Only 1,000 members of the public got a chance to sample the dishes that were served up, before voting for their preferred version of each dish via SMS.

The internationally renowned Ramsay arrived for the competition after accepting a challenge to spar with the best hawkers in Singapore, which a local telco and some food bloggers had issued him last month.

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