My pick for Menu of Hope

Hurry and buy tickets here now. There are only two days left to buy tickets for Menu of Hope, which ends on December 21.

There are some amazing prizes and here are some of the ones I’m thinking of buying tickets for aside from my own prizes which include a review with Stephen Downes (prize code AP15), a stunning Tuesday night chef’

s table dinner worth $200 at Attica (AP27) and nine bottles of my home made stout (AP16).

The full Asia Pacific prize list is with Grab Your Fork and the global list with Chez Pim.

My top prizes pick

UC25: Polyscience thermal circulator from Moveable Feast So I can cook like all those whacky molecular chefs

EU31: A personal tour of elBulli kitchen laboratory at the new Al??cia Institute, from Chez Pim And meet Ferran Adria and ask him about my thermal circulator.

UK33: Heston Blumenthal will cook an historic British menu for 2 at the Hinds Head, from Chez Pim Because I’

m in search of perfection.

UK34: Companion spot on a review dinner with Jay Rayner, from Chez Pim So I can review the reviewer. A geeky fad of mine.

UK04: Foodie tour of London from Eat the Right Stuff Actually forget that one. I am not a f–


EU20: Win the chance to name a lovely baby goat from foodbeam Really I want to eat the baby goat.

AP30: An eating tour of Bangkok with Austin Bush, Thai food expert and Lonely Planet writer plus a copy of the latest edition of Lonely Planet Bangkok Guide (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings I want blow my head off hot food.

AP33: Market Tour and Cooking Class with Joannes Riviere, Khmer food expert and author of La Cuisine du Cambodge avec les apprentis de Sala Bai (valued at US$200) from Gut Feelings I’ve eaten Riviere’

s food and it is stunning and I want to find out what all that weird stuff from last time I visited.

EU37: Gastronomic tour of Barcelona with Silly Disciple From Adventures of the Silly Disciple On my way to meet Ferran Adria

EU26: Pierre Herme’

s latest cookbook: Confidences sucr??es from La ciliegina sulla torta So I can cook macarons likeDuncan.

UW02: Modern Indian Cooking by Hari Nayak and Vikas Khanna AUTOGRAPHED from Jugabandi Blog UK12: The National Association of Indian Women Cookbook from Quick Indian Cooking AP07: A bag of the world’s hottest chillies, homegrown in Nagaland, India from Rambling Spoon Because I’

m a real curry wallah.

UC24, UC31, UC32, UC33 and UC34: Autographed copy of Anthony Bourdain Book (five prizes) from Moveable FeastJust so I can mention that people visit this site to find out if Bourdain is gay.

AP12: AU$100 gift voucher from the Prince Wine Store in Victoria, Australia from At My Table WB06: 6 Pack of Boutique Italian Wine from On The Wine Trail in Italy I demand more booze!



  1. Kalyn, I’m not sure it’s that cool, just a posh version of those mini heaters you dip into a cup when travelling in the car. I’m also thinking of using the thermal circuklator as a foot spa.

    PG, nothing to do with dodgy countertops but the open invitation at a mates place over the hill.

  2. What??

    My description of the dodgy counter tops at Chez Fur didn’t inspire you??

    I’m shattered.

  3. Oh yes, I knew you would want that polyscience thermal circulator, which I must confess that I have only a vague idea of what it is. (I am much too old to still try to pretend to be cool, I’m nothing but a home cook! But it would be fun for the right person, and I hope you are it!)