MasterChef’s Food Safari in Ipoh

Thinking Allowed
By Mariam Mokhtar
Although Catherine Chin Wan Ping Coombes, an avid viewer of the MasterChef television show, likes cooking and experimenting with different cuisines, entering the competition had never crossed her mind.
After being made redundant, a close friend of the 32-two-year old, sent her a MasterChef application form and Ping, as she is affectionately called by her friends, convinced herself, that she had nothing to lose and that entering the competition would help boost her spirits, and her confidence. Winning was the last thought on her mind.  
Ping, who now lives in Bath, England, went to school at the Ipoh Convent and did her sixth form at St Michael’s Institution, in Ipoh. Ironically, this MasterChef winner had no idea how to cook, when she went to Oxford Brookes University, to do Hotel and Restaurant Management. She was 21 at the time and had to contact her mother, for advice on cooking.
She cast her mind back to her university days and said, “My first attempt at university was chicken leg wrapped in bacon. It turned out raw!”

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