Are you a fan of TV reality shows?  I am, especially those culinary shows, like MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef and of course, Junior MasterChef!  Well, now the Asian Food Channel (AFC) together with Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will be bringing you a brand new series called “The Big Break”.

Chef Farah Quinn making friends with a young girl who lives at the Shelter Home for Children in Malaysia

In this exciting AFC Original Production produced in partnership with Resorts World™ Sentosa, 12 underprivileged youths from 6 different countries in Asia are offered an opportunity to transform their lives by learning invaluable skills needed in the kitchen. The final winner will be offered a one-year scholarship (worth S$30,000) at the prestigious At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy in Singapore!

Chef Farah Quinn distributing gifts from the Big Break team to the children living at Batu Caves in Malaysia

Join Indonesian celebrity chef, Farah Quinn and Executive Chef from Resorts World Sentosa, Alan Orreal as they go on a search to Mongolia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. Watch them travel the distance as they visit local charity organizations to find worthy young culinary candidates who exemplify drive, commitment and passion that are needed to excel in the kitchen. It is not easy searching for one shining star, but the result is well worth the effort!

Street children in the Philippines are seen playing local board games with their elders

To assist the youths on their journey, RWS and AFC have also assembled an all-star line-up of international and distinguished guest chefs to take on the role of judges and mentors. Featured chefs include the world’s most Michelin star-decorated Chef Joël Robuchon, Australian Celebrity Chef Scott Webster, RWS’s Executive Chefs Alan Orreal, Edmund Toh and Ron Cheng, as well as Unilever Food Solutions’ Regional Executive Chef Yen Koh. These world-class chefs ensure that each contestant receives first-class culinary and food and beverage training throughout the programme, exposing them to a myriad of different cuisines and flavours from around the world. The Big Break will also give them an immersive cross-cultural experience, while teaching them invaluable application techniques.

Chef Alan Orreal says his goodbyes to the children from Angels’ Haven in Korea, before he is off to Mongolia for the next audition rounds!

The challenges of poverty and a lack of education have always been a prevailing issue faced by disadvantaged youths in Asia. With so few opportunities available to those in need, many children grow up unable to reach their full potential.

The children living at the Kharatsaai Orphanage Camp in Mongolia excitably tear open the gifts brought to them by The Big Break team!

Though the road to success for everyone is paved with hardship and adversity, these youths are willing to face it all with determination. Follow the inspiring and heartwarming journeys of these aspiring chefs as they are whisked away to Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore and put through a series of lessons and challenges with some of the industry’s finest chefs and hospitality professionals!

A potential candidate in the Philippines shows The Big Break team her onion chopping skills!

The one-year scholarship at At-Sunrice is a prize of a lifetime and a chance to secure a brighter future. With success just within their grasp, which of these youths will get their “Big Break”?  We guarantee that this is one programme you won’t want to miss!

Chef Alan Orreal watching over one of the potential candidates during the audition rounds at Angels’ Haven in Korea

For more information on The Big Break, please visit: The site will provide the latest information about contestants as well as summaries and highlights from each episode.

The exclusive Premiere of The Big Break will be on Wednesday, 14 November at 10.00PM on Astro Channel 703.  Be sure to tune in!  I can’t wait to catch this!