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#035: MasterChef SG S2 finalists, Derek and Leon, reflect on key competition moments

#035: MasterChef SG S2 finalists, Derek and Leon, reflect on key competition moments

May 9, 2021

MasterChef Singapore Season 2 has finally wrapped up and in tribute to the entire season, there was no way we couldn't bring the highly talented finalists, Derek Cheong and Leon Lim, into our studios to share their raw, unfiltered experience with all of us.

#034: Food stylist, Jazreel Chan, shares insight about her profession

#034: Food stylist, Jazreel Chan, shares insight about her profession

May 2, 2021

We've always expressed appreciation for great food photography here at SethLui.com; our work literally revolves around how deliciously alluring a food can look. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the camera lens of your favourite food images?

Jazreel Chan, a food stylist, drops some valuable insight about what goes on before the camera takes its shot, and how particularly "temperamental" food can be dressed to look its best for a shoot.

#033: Chef Bjorn & EP Nicholas from MasterChef S2 spills the tea

#033: Chef Bjorn & EP Nicholas from MasterChef S2 spills the tea

April 25, 2021

We're only hours away from MasterChef Singapore Season 2 finale, and we've got one of the judges, Chef Bjorn Shen, and Executive Producer, Nicholas Oh, in the studio to spill the tea on what's been going on behind the scenes this season—all before either Leon or Derrick is crowned the second Singapore MasterChef champion.

#032: Singapore’s proposal to charge for plastic bags

#032: Singapore’s proposal to charge for plastic bags

April 18, 2021

It's another hot one in the studio with our 10th episode of the second season, and we can't not address the recent announcement—or should we say proposal—by Singapore's government to introduce a small fee for the use of plastic bags at more retailers.

While many countries have already this system in place, it sure will be interesting to see how Singaporeans' reactions are when charged for a seemingly basic item. Why sparked this idea? Why is it important? And lastly, will the public support and embrace this campaign? 

#031: Netflix’s Seaspiracy — should we be concerned?

#031: Netflix’s Seaspiracy — should we be concerned?

April 11, 2021

Our co-hosts waste little time in this ninth episode of Tapau Please Season 2, with an in-depth recap of MasterChef Singapore Season 2 Episode 7 as well as the hotly debated documentary, Seaspiracy, that's currently showing on Netflix.

In this episode of MasterChef Singapore, it was a whirlwind of emotions for the contestants as they battled against time to re-create a complex recipe from former Executive Pastry Chef of db Bistro & Oyster Bar, Mandy Pan (she's since left the restaurant after the episode was recorded). Did our co-hosts agree with this week's elimination and who are they rooting for now that we're down to the final five contestants?

Since we're talking about TV shows, it makes for a slick segue into Netflix's Seaspiracy, the documentary that's gotten everyone in a tizzy. Love it or hate it, everyone seems to have an opinion. What's yours?

#030: Killiney giveaway & food delivery as a career

#030: Killiney giveaway & food delivery as a career

April 4, 2021

We're making this long weekend even sweeter with an extra special episode of 'Tapau Please' as it's brought to you in partnership with Killiney. We’re so excited to bring to you our first collaboration; it’s like a prayer answered!

Packed with freebies like an exclusive 'Tapau Please' promo code and a giveaway, this episode also looks back on Masterchef Season 2 Episode 6. It's a heated one in the kitchen, so you don't want to miss the raw emotions we felt, right along with the contestants.

Our co-hosts also throw around some questions—based on a Straits Times forum letter—which challenges the viability of being a food delivery person today.

Remember to tune in to this exciting episode, especially if you're looking to reward yourself with a Killiney giveaway!

#0029: Juicy bites from Basil Lee, our writer-intern

#0029: Juicy bites from Basil Lee, our writer-intern

March 28, 2021

In this seventh episode, our present writer-intern, Basil Lee, graces our studio for Season 2! We sit him down to share with us—and all of you—his toughest pitches, a backlash from a negative review, and what potential writer-interns should be aware of when applying.

Basil's writing has evolved tremendously since day one, so he says. Much of this transformation is thanks to his receptiveness in constructive feedback, and always being open to ideas that might be beyond his comfort zone. Of course, as we follow the second season of MasterChef Singapore, we also ask him to chime in on his favourite moments of Episode 5, where the contestants have to cook along with Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club.

#028: Are Singaporeans too entitled to return food trays?

#028: Are Singaporeans too entitled to return food trays?

March 21, 2021

While we are fortunate to enjoy the benefits of Singapore's modern conveniences, it's still a saddening sight to see so many of us refuse to return our trays after we're done eating. In this episode of 'Tapau Please', the co-hosts ignite an impassioned conversation surrounding this lack of compassion and altruism that plagues Singapore's hawker culture.

They also expand the discussion to address the obstacles that hawkers are facing when it comes to cashless payments, in a digital era.

#027: We got threatened with legal action for a negative review

#027: We got threatened with legal action for a negative review

March 14, 2021

We look back at the recent MasterChef Singapore Season 2, Episode 3, where the contestants have their first group challenge in a commercial kitchen, preparing 60 portions of high tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel. Who were the hosts' favourites? What did they feel the contestants perform better?

It looks to be a riveting season and speaking of drama, the co-hosts touch on the many obstacles that the editorial team at SethLui.com face, among them the numerous lash backs and criticism they receive for honest reviews.

Things come full circle as the debate about Instagrammable cafes also come into play, in this episode. In this day and age, Instagram is a social tool used to advocate for justice, equality, and human rights—shouldn't we move past a pretty face and wield this app's true power for much bigger causes? How do you feel about 'Instagrammable' walls and cafes outfitted with an aesthetic made for the 'gram?

#026: Why is there still food poverty in Singapore?

#026: Why is there still food poverty in Singapore?

March 7, 2021

It's 2021, and today, we're still discussing the persistence of food poverty in Singapore. Our co-hosts, Zat & Wani, revive this long-standing conversation as we're still in the thick of battling COVD-19 as a nation. While there are so many of us fortunate enough to feed ourselves and our families during this time of uncertainty, there are plenty of less fortunate individuals and families who struggle, even more, to survive.

With that, we also address why the presence of hawker centres and their cheap prices still don't manage to adequately bridge the income gap.

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