Spice Up Your Kitchen with Chefology and McCormick

It’s always a great pleasure to be invited to a cooking workshop because it means that I could get out of my comfort zone and cook at a foreign, often-more-equipped kitchen trying out new recipes with other people. Few days ago, I attended a bloggers’ meet and greet with Chefology and McCormick. McCormick I’m quite familiar with as I use a lot of their herbs and spices at home, but Chefology is relatively new to me.

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This was me arriving at the event not knowing there’s a competition awaiting us. Calm before the storm, indeed.

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Some of the McCormick herbs and spices on display, how many of these are in your kitchen?

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The heavyweights: McCormick Grill Mates BBQ Sauce. Thick, flavourful and excellent as a sauce, dipping, marinade and glaze, comes in 3 different flavours: Vintage Smokehouse, Brown Sugar & Chilli and Pepper.

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The event kickstarted with a few words from McCormick’s Patricia and Chefology’s Jaden Teoh (small world, we met earlier through completely different circumstances, I was performing at one of his outlets).

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The Chefology Nature Series is a collection of 5 cookware items, designed for the comfort of cooking in the kitchen. The cookware is made of die-cast aluminium, with a six-layer coating, ensuring a safer cooking experience.

This new series of cookware has a highly durable marble ceramic non stick coating (fancy) and a few important points:
– It’s durable and scratch-resistant.
– The pan features ergonomic stainless steel long handle for solid grip
– Ensures even heat distribution with minimum heat loss

Best still, they can be used on all kinds of stove including induction!

We then had Chef Charming, I mean Chef Collin Edward Lim demonstrating his dishes using the Chefology pans and McCormick products.

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He first made a Braised Beef Short Ribs, using the sturdy looking Chefology pot. Then he also demonstrated the 2 recipes which we were supposed to cook as well. So let’s move along to the main event!

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We were grouped into 3s and I was paired with ciklilyputih and also my new friend Mei Mei. Without wasting anytime we got straight to cooking!

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Marinating the Chicken boobies with McCormick Salt and Pepper. Love the grinder, ensuring freshly grounded salt and pepper everytime. I shall also mention that the bottle is airtight, so the pepper will always smell amazing. We also added the McCormick BBQ sauce for a full flavour boost.

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ciklilyputih prepping the vegetables like a pro.

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Our chicken, after pan frying on stove, then sent to the oven with a sprinkle of cheese. Looking awesome!

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Not forgetting to smile for the camera while cooking.


We also made a dessert. Here’s Mei Mei pouring the crepe batter into the pan.

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Adding the finishing touches: a last sprinkle of salt onto our crepes.

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And we are done!

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Our Grilled Cheesy Black Pepper Chicken Salad with yoghurt dressing (I added a but of cooking juices from the chicken too for extra flavour). The presentation is a little sloppy on this haha.

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Basil Crepes with Caramelised Bananas. This looks much better, but of course we had the help of our creative director, Kevin.

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We had to present our dish to the judges to be tasted. That’s me putting on my game face despite the burn on my hand (yes, I touched the handle of the pan after it came out of the oven…. clumsy as ever).

The dishes tasted quite good, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the chicken breast was cooked (not a second over). We didn’t end up winning the mini contest though (think our presentation still wasn’t good enough haha).

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Thank you Chefology, McCormick and The Cooking House for putting together this fabulous event! I will be posting some recipes soon using my new Chefology pan and the McCormick herbs and spices!

I have to put this photo in as blooper:

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Epic RBF when I thought I wasn’t on camera. LOL.

Stay tuned for my recipe posts!

All Photos shot by Kevin Loh, he shall be my designated photographer from now on!

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