Asian Food Channel and Hong Kong Tourism Board with Maria Cordero Food Demo @ Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur
Yesterday, I was invited to the Maria Cordero Food Demo session by Asian Food Channel at Berjaya Times Square. Thank you Asian Food Channel, George Alice Communications and Hong Kong Tourism Board for the invitation.
The event was jointly sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board in conjunction with the upcoming Hong Kong Food and Wine Year. The event was packed! I was there with fellow bloggers like Jason Mumbles, Big Boys Oven, Fat Boy Bakes, Masak-masak and Rebecca.
Hong Kong has long been famous for its culinary strength and recently become the second Asian city to be awarded its very own Michelin Guide. Leveraging on the Hong Kong SAR Government’s exemption of wine duty, which enables visitors to enjoy a wide selection of wine at highly attractive prices, the HKTB launched a brand new marketing platform “Hong Kong Food and Wine Year” to show the world the diverse culinary experience of Hong Kong, reinforcing the city’s image as one of the world’s culinary capitals. Throughout the Hong Kong Food and Wine Year, the HKTB will inject elements of food and wine into its promotion.
From 30 October to 1 November 2009 at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade where visitors can indulge themselves in the perfect pairing of wine and food, attend wine appreciation classes conducted by professionals sommeliers, sample many of the local food delicacies, as well as enchanting music, against the beautiful backdrop of Victoria Harbour. To celebrate this Festival and actively engage viewers, HKTB and AFC will be offering two lucky viewers the chance to win an exclusive trip to Hong Kong to experience the festival first hand.
AFC has had tremendous success over the past few years, building a strong Channel that is now represented in seven markets throughout Asia. As well as showcasing a variety of programmes from top celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Marco Pierre White, Martin Yan, Daniel Boulud and more, the Channel has recently launched their original production documentaries. AFC has grown into a powerful brand, one that fully understands and nurtures food talent and one that is seen by many blue chip companies as a valued partnership opportunity.
AFC broadcasts on:
Astro Channel 703 (Malaysia)
First Media Digital 1 Channel 76 (Indonesia)
Prime Indovision Channel 22 (Indonesia)
now TV Channel 527 (Hong Kong)
Skycable Channel 58 (Philippines)
StarHub Channel 69 (Singapore)
Maria Cordero or also known as “Fat Mama Maria” talked about her family and her life before she demo her recipes.
She lived her life healthier due to proper eating. She still eats 3-4 meals a day.
She managed her time perfectly between work and family. She enjoys cooking for her grandchildren that visit her weekly.
Maria gave the audience a taste of her special made bitter gourd that she prepared in her hotel room yesterday. Yes, she cooked it in her hotel room! It was amazingly tasty! The crowd loved it too!
If you noticed properly, Maria has slimmed down tremendously. In fact, she lost around 78 pounds due to intakig healthy foods. She explained that she would add vegetables and fruits to her meals smartly. For example, she would fried chicken using chicken skins and added sliced apples and pears with it. The taste is still similar but healthier.
She did also offered tips to maintain a good family relationship. She was a great entertainer. She sang for the audience as she cooked and she also cracked some jokes from time to time.
Her recipes were unique and healthy. I listed them at the bottom.
After the cooking demo, her fans (from the crowd) rushed to her to take pictures and to take her signatures. I’m one of them. I loved her movies especially Mr. Coconut with Michael Hui!