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Home Cook Heroes – 5 professional recipes to elevate your culinary skills

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We’re living in unprecedented times of uncertainty – the COVID-19 situation has caught many of us off guard and altered our daily lives and routines. One of the biggest changes we’ve had to adapt to is spending much more time at home; whether it is part of social distancing measures, work-from-home arrangements, full lockdowns and so on.

Instead of just relying on instant food, take-out and deliveries, make the best of the situation and hone your cooking skills and become the next #Masterchef at home! It’s time to learn from the best of the best – here are some recipes and tips from five highly acclaimed Hilton chefs and restaurants from around the region to get you started. With a wealth of experience under their belts, these chefs have even won accolades for their culinary feats.

The full recipes can be found at the end of the piece.

1.Power Salad and Detox Zinger – from Verde Kitchen, Hilton Singapore

We’re living in unprecedented times of uncertainty – the COVID-19 situation has caught many of us off guard and altered our daily lives and routines. One of the biggest changes we’ve had to adapt to is spending much more time at home; whether it is part of social distancing measures, work-from-home arrangements, full lockdowns and so on.

Instead of just relying on instant food, take-out and deliveries, make the best of the situation and hone your cooking skills and become the next #Masterchef at home! It’s time to learn from the best of the best – here are some recipes and tips from five highly acclaimed Hilton chefs and restaurants from around the region to get you started. With a wealth of experience under their belts, these chefs have even won accolades for their culinary feats.

The full recipes can be found at the end of the piece.

2.Power Salad and Detox Zinger – from Verde Kitchen, Hilton Singapore

There’s a lot more to making a perfect Spaghetti Carbonara than meets the eye. Chef Mandar’s detailed step-by-step breakdown and sprinkling of tips and tricks – such as not making the cream liaison too early – will help you truly understand and master the dish. It can be easy to lose motivation and feel down if you’re cooped up at home all day, so why not set yourself a new goal and challenge yourself to perfect this recipe? It’ll be a great break from your routine, and you get a comforting bowl of pasta at the same time.

3.Hawaiian Poke Bowl – from Colin Chun, Executive Chef, Hilton Sydney

It’s time to level up with this traditional Hawaiian Poke Bowl, a no-frills classic that heroes fresh ingredients while still being jam-packed with flavor. Having previously worked at some of the most popular restaurants in Sydney, Chef Colin’s specialty lies in his innovative palate – in this recipe, he features gochujang (Korean chilli paste), a unique twist that offers an added dimension of flavor and is bound to leave you wanting more. Be sure to plate up well and capture a picture for the ‘gram! #foodporn

4.Sweet & Sour Pork with Fruitsfrom Masaki Yanagiya, Executive Pastry Chef, Hilton Tokyo

For those who are more adventurous, challenge yourself with this unique Sweet & Sour Pork with Fruits.  Bringing together both sweet and savoury, this dish offers an innovative amalgamation of flavours that brings a unique twist to the much-loved Chinese dish. After all, having helmed Hilton Tokyo’s Dynasty Chinese Restaurant for more than ten years, there’s no doubt that Chef Masakai has absolutely mastered the art of Chinese cuisine – he even received the Tokyo Governor Recognition Outstanding Chef Award in 2013!

5.Sydney Cheesecake from Miko Aspiras, Executive Pastry Chef, Hilton Sydney

Of course, there’s always room for a sweet ending! Take it from experts like Chef Miko, who previously secured a spot in Asia’s Forbes 30 Under 30 – a good cheesecake is hard to perfect, and requires a lot of heart, effort and precision. But rest assured, the effort is well worth it. With Chef Miko’s Sydney Cheesecake recipe, expect a simple yet sophisticated take on this indulgent dessert. It’s every sweet tooth’s fantasy.