Chef Wan wows fans at Pakatan event in Bukit Mertajam

(Back row, from left) Lee and Sim watching Chef Wan (pink shirt) judging the sambal pounding competition at the cooking event at Taman Rimba Cherok Tokun, Bukit Mertajam. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

PEOPLE from all walks of life happily sampled a taste of celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail’s cooking at the Chef Wan Mai To’Kun event in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Redzuawan, who is better known as Chef Wan, whipped up three tasty dishes during the cooking demonstration at Taman Rimba Bukit Mertajam at the Cherok To’kun Forest Reserve on Saturday.

His creations were Spanish seafood paella, chili tuna arabbiata penne and ayam tuturuga (an Indonesian dish).

The event was a joint effort between the Cherok To’kun Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), and the campaign teams of Pakatan Harapan candidates Steven Sim Chee Keong and Lee Khai Loon.

Chef Wan’s son Mohd Nadzri Redzuawan (Chef Riz) was present to assist in the cooking demonstration.

Chef Wan, a TV personality with 27 years of experience, gave tips as he demonstrated the cooking of the dishes.

He also dished out some words of wisdom to the crowd who were attentively watching his every move.

“I am 60 this year but I always believe in being young at heart,” he said.

“We must always be grateful in life. I have been respected by the world for a long time and wherever I go, people always want to take pictures with me.

“But I’m still humble. Kaki kena pijak atas bumi nyata (Your feet must always remain on the ground),” he said.

Those at the event also took the opportunity to take wefies with Chef Wan, who also judged a traditional sambal pounding competition at the event.

Sim said Chef Wan had a lot of fans in Bukit Mertajam.

Sim is defending the Bukit Mertajam parliamentary seat while Lee is contesting for the Machang Bubuk state seat.

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