IF you’re one of those “live to eat” types – and let’s face it, which Malaysian isn’t? – you’re gonna love our latest project, the R.AGE Food Fight.

We are giving one lucky food lover the chance to become Malaysia’s next food celebrity, and take home – wait for it – RM10,000!

But frankly, the money isn’t even the best part.

The lucky winner will get to write a food column right here in The Star, host an online food video series on R.AGE (, attend culinary workshops by Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia, and learn from Malaysia’s original food celebrity, Chef Wan.

All you have to do to take part is send us a video of yourself preparing a dish or beverage, plus a blogpost to complement the video, and show us that you have the personality, confidence and passion for food we’re looking for.

But to give things a local twist, all the recipes prepared in the submission videos must incorporate one truly Malaysian ingredient – palm oil.

There are many benefits – health and flavour-wise – to cooking with palm oil (more info on, and if you can make it shine through in your video, you could be one of our five lucky finalists.

The five finalists will undergo a series of workshops. You will learn from the master chefs (like, real master chefs, not your reality TV contest winners) of Le Cordon Bleu, learn about the restarant business from Chef Darren Chin of DC Restaurant, receive media and video production training from us at R.AGE, and be mentored through the whole experience by Chef Liang.

At the end of it all, we’ll have a final, live cook-off, where you put everything you’ve learned to practice, and impress our judges, including the Le Cordon Bleu master chefs and Chef Liang to be our very first R.AGE Food Fight champion.

We’ll also produce a profile video on each finalist, and feature their stories right here in The Star, where they will be able to share their personal food journeys with the whole country.

So if food is your passion – whether you’re an aspiring chef, barista, cafe owner, food truck operator, restaurateur, home baker, culinary arts student or even a foodie with a huge personality – this competition is your chance to take things to the next level.

To find out how you can join the R.AGE Food Fight, go to

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THE COUCH with Ahong Yeang

Ahong talks about his experience on the R.AGE Food Fight and Masterchef Malaysia. Guess which one he enjoyed more?

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The judges’ verdict

The judges dish out the cold, hard truth to our contestants during the finale. Who survived unscathed?

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Clean finish

The first ever R.AGE Food Fight champion has been crowned. Here’s what went down at the grand finale.

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The first food fighter

How a restaurant manager became a Star food columnist and food show host.

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Food Fight finale recipes

The R.AGE Food Fight finalists explain their brilliant original dishes and how they incorporated palm oil in them.

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Inside Man: Darren Chin

Think you have what it takes to excel in Malaysia’s most exciting industry? Veteran restaurateur Darren Chin came in to tip the R.AGE Food Fight finalists on the business of food.

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Fiery cook-off with master Chef Rodolphe Onno

Things are heating up in the R.AGE Food Fight, as the five finalists face off for the first time in the world-class kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia.

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Chef Wan: Uncensored

How many can say that they’ve met the unedited, 18SX version of Chef Wan? The R.AGE Food Fight finalists got to witness the master himself in action.

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Malaysia’s first cooking show workshop

How do you conceptualise and star in your own food video series? The R.AGE team and performing artiste Tan Chung Liang joined forces to show ‘em how.

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Round two: Fight!

Get to know the five R.AGE Food Fight finalists vying to be Malaysia’s next food celebrity.

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The faces of Food Fight

Participants of the R.AGE Food Fight tell us what inspired them to join the competition, and to start cooking in the first place.

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Cooking camp

R.AGE Food Fight judges gave a glimpse of what they’ll be revealing during their masterclasses for our finalists.

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