Exclusive: 'I'm glad I could bring Malaysian food to the attention of the British'

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  • Thursday, 26 Jun 2014

Ping Coombes with the judges of MasterChef UK 2014.

MasterChef UK contestant and Malaysian mum Ping Coombes talks exclusively to The Star Online about winning the TV show’s final cook-off.

Ipoh-born Catherine Chin Wan Ping, winner of MasterChef UK 2014, may be part British now, but her heart and stomach are one hundred percent Malaysian.

In our exclusive Skype interview with the self-taught cook – who tells us she expressly wanted to showcase Malaysian cuisine on the hit BBC One reality TV show – the 35-year-old mum reveals how when she first got off the plane in England 14 years ago, she didn’t know how to boil an egg.

And that her chicken rice almost poached her chances in the competition when the judges rated her dish as “too simple”.

Watch our exclusive video interview where we ask Ping Coombes about dealing with the pressure tests on the TV series, working in professional kitchens around Europe, and living with the fame that has come with her victory. She also answers the question: What Malaysian food do you love and miss the most?

Catch Part 2 of our three-part video interview series tomorrow, only on Lifestyle @ The Star Online. Part 3 will air on June 29.

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