Kuala Lumpur, 23 June 2010:  One of the six winners at the Sri Kulai’s All Time Favourite Recipe Search 2010, Lilly Sayagam, said she plans to donate the proceeds from the commercialisation of her Dried Prawn Sambal to charity.

The 70-year-old property agent, who is still actively involved in various kinds of charity work, said she wants the photograph of her grandson instead of hers to be featured on the packaging of the award winning recipe when it is commercialised.

“Although I want the public to enjoy my recipe, I also want them to also remember children who suffer from Down Syndrome,” she said, adding that it was after her grandson was born with Down Syndrome, that she decided that life was more than having great wealth.

For that reason, the five per cent proceeds from the sales of her Dried Prawn Sambal dish in the first year, will be donated to help both the underprivileged children and children suffering from Down Syndrome.

The event, which was held at Sunway University College, attracted a large pool of contestants from both the Chefs and Members of the Public Categories. A total of 12 contestants were seen battling it out to see who were the three winners in each category. Winners will see their recipes commercialised as part of the Sri Kulai’s brand of microwaveable halal meals.

In the Public Category, Soorya Luke Roy Saravanmuthu, scored the highest marks with his Spicy Tomato Chicken, followed closely by two other contestants, Zurathawati Mohd Abd Aziz, with her Sambal Lengkuas Udang and Pritam Raur Susie, with her Aromatic and Spicy Prawns.

In the Chefs’ Category, 22-year-old Ng Mun Hoe, surprised the audience by scoring the highest marks with his Nasi Lemak Vegetarian, while Bonny Chau, from Bonny Kitchen, was First Runners Up with her Beef Brisket in Claypot and Lilly Sayagam scored third highest marks, with her Dried Prawn Sambal.

CEO of AYS Sdn Bhd, Liow Ren Jan said he hopes to raise the profile of Malaysian chefs and members of the public who may have a winning recipe. “We have some of the best cooks around, and we want to promote them locally and overseas,” he said.

Guest-of-honour, Hannah Yeoh said she was pleased that Malaysian meals and local talents are being promoted in a big way. “It is time that we make a big name of our local chefs, including housewives who are good cooks,” she said.

Among the judges for the event were 83-year-old Lai Meng of Empat Sekawan fame and former Radio Four deejay, Alan Zechariah, who is dubbed “The Man on the Mike.” The third judge is Mohamad Asri Mohamad Sahari, former Head of Inflight Catering Division, KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd.

Sunway University College’s chef, Patrick Siau Chi Yin who is dubbed the Dragon Specialist within the local fraternity, also gave a performance of how he sculptured a white swan using sugar. Siau and his team recently won the Best Plated Desert with the theme, “Light & Easy” and overall emerged second runner-up with his dragon sculpture using sugar, qualifying them for the international competition representing the Asia Pacific Region in the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France come January 2011.

Immediately after the event, Lai Meng also managed to raise some funds for the Sri Eden Centre for Autistic Children in Cheras by posing for photographs with members of the public, who donated a minimum of RM10 for each photograph.

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