Sunday, May 31, 2009

SJCC Tabasco HoTchef Team Challenge 2009

SJCC Tabasco HoTchef Team Challenge 2009

You can now download the Competition Briefing Pack at the following link:
The following files can be found within the Briefing Pack:
1. SJCC Tabasco HoTchef Team Challenge 2009 Rulebook
2. Application & Indemnity Form
3. Official Recipe Sheet
4. List of equipment provided by ITE College West (Clementi Campus) Training Kitchen
Application Requirements:
> Application & Indemnity Form must be Submitted together with Official Recipe Sheets.
> Please include your SJCC membership number beside your names in Application & Indemnity Form
> Recipes only to be Submitted on Official Recipe Sheets
> "Name of Team" must be filled with team name in the Header section of Official Recipe Sheets
Please check if you have fulfilled the above Application Requirements before submitting.
Applications that are incomplete may not be considered.
Please Email your applications to
before 3 July 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tabasco 2009 Teaser

Are you ready for
coming your way in July 2009...
Winning team goes to Hongkong to compete in the
Battle of the Hottest Chef
Tabasco is a registered trademark; the Tabasco bottle design
and label designs are exclusive property of McIlhenny Company,
Avery Island, Louisiana, USA 70513.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The History of Ice-Cream Revealed

The History of Ice-Cream Revealed
I have always been curious about how food actually came about. I figured, all of you would have been curious the same way too, since we have all vowed to be in the Food and Beverage industry. Therefore, I have decided to do us all a favour and researched on one of the food items that no one can resist, Ice-Cream! So here we go.

According to legend, Marco Polo brought the secrets of ice cream with him from the Orient, together with other sundry savouries. Although there is some evidence that the Chinese indulged in iced drinks and desserts, which gives some weight to the Marco Polo theory, there isn’t any prove Chinese made Ice-Cream.

The Chinese did, however, teach Arab traders how to combine syrups and snow, to make an early version of the sherbet. Arab traders proceeded to show Venetians, then Romans, how to make this frozen delight. The Emperor Nero was quite fond of pureed fruit, sweetened with honey, and then mixed with snow--so much so that he had special cold rooms built underneath the imperial residence in order to store snow. In the 1500s, Catherine de Medici brought the concept of the sorbet to the French, who were soon to make a great improvement on it.
As you will have noted, the above are frozen desserts, not ice cream. That invention awaited the development of the custard, then the discovery that freezing it would create a delectable dessert. This notable event occurred in 1775 in France, and was shortly followed by the invention of an ice cream machine, which did a much better job of creating light and fluffy frozen custard than beating by hand could do.

Thomas Jefferson, who imitated Nero in having a special cold room for storing snow, provides us with the first recipe for ice cream found in the United States. Not to be outdone, George Washington invested in one of the ice cream machines.
Until 1851, ice cream (or, more frequently, cream ice) was solely made at home. But an intrepid man from Baltimore, named Jacob Fussell changed all that by opening the first ice cream factory.

Near the turn of the century, the ice cream soda was created, although by who seems to be in question--either James W. Tuff or Robert Green. It does seem to have been done by accident, however--a scoop of ice cream falling in a glass of flavoured soda water. At any rate, the drink became a national craze, and many a girl and boy went courting over an ice cream soda. So many, in fact, that many municipalities pass laws forbidding the sale of soda water on Sunday. Quickly afterwards, the 'sundae' was invented--it contained the ice cream, syrup, and whipped cream of the soda, but without the evil influence of soda water. Numerous variations existed.
The next ice cream craze was with the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis. Charles Menches was doing a lively business selling scoops of ice cream in dishes, all the way up to the point that he ran out of dishes. Frustrated, but determined to still find a way to make a profit, he lighted upon his friend Ernest Hamwi, who was selling a wafer-like cookie called Zalabia (a Syrian treat). The combination proved irresistible.

That is all I could share with all of you. And thanks to the people mentioned above, we now could simply enjoy Ben & Jerry’s and Gelare Waffles with Ice-Cream.
Singapore Junior Chefs Club