LIEW Yong Yi, 12, had a frown on his face as he was arranging the decoration on the dish.
His mum Low Yoke Thin nudged him to quicken as the clock ticks away.
“He sometimes helps to cook at home so I guess this shouldn’t be a problem for him,” said Low.
The mother-and-son team was one of the 10 teams competing in the Prosperity Chinese Cooking Competition at Mines Shopping Fair.
Organised by the mall in collaboration with Pensonic and top-Ozone, the teams were short-listed to participate in the final competition, as the response was overwhelming.
They were required to cook a creative dish using fish as the main ingredient in an hour.
Many of the teams comprised of family members who were cooking their best family recipes.
“Fish is used as the theme as the Chinese character for fish or yu symbolises good wishes and abundance in the coming year.” said Mines Resort City managing director Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew.
The teams were judged based on taste, decoration, creativity and teamwork. Among some of the celebrity chefs who judged the event were Chef Ismail and Amy Beh.
Ismail also demonstrated his cooking skills by whipping up the Prosperity Steam Chicken, which was created for Chinese New Year.
At the end of the competition, sisters Lee Yun Sin and Lee Yun Kin took home the grand prize with their dish of Fortunate Fried Fish with Special Thai Sauce. They won Pensonic hampers worth RM3,000.
Coming in second were Bee Siew Hun and Khoo Saw Kin with their dish Prosperity Piquant Fish and in third place were Thong Tang Wei and Lee Tsuey Mui with the dish Prosperity Fish.