[Monday, December 2] On November 30 to December 1, the much anticipated MGM Chef Nic Gastronomusic Fest swung open its doors to a crowd looking to satiate their ears and taste buds at once. Leading a stellar roster of performers and master chefs was the talented singer-chef Nicholas Tse who put on both hats to conjure up a multisensory extravaganza combining high-octane music gigs and a sumptuous feast dished out by none other than the Chef Nic team and chefs at MGM. Encompassing music, gourmet foods and great entertainment, this one-of-a-kind “fork n’ roll” festival offered the audience a great chance to sample a slice of Macau as the “Creative City of Gastronomy”.
Nicholas Offers Feast of Senses on Plate & Stage in Chef Look
In the two days event, the heat was build up as Liu Junge, Angela Hui, MFM, JW, Joanna Dong, and Mr. took the stage with their compelling performances. On December 1, Joey Yung and Adason Lo also performed and brought the festival to another level.
Concluding the A-list gigs, Nicholas had the party atmosphere blasting the roof off with his much anticipated emergence on the stage, with his high-octane rock n’ roll repertoire. The show culminated in a loud cheering when Nicholas invited his Chef Nic team and MGM Chefs on stage for the final curtain call that brought the first “fork n’ roll” fest to a successful end.
Commenting on the innovative multisensory journey, Nicholas said on the stage, “I thank MGM for organizing the first ‘MGM Chef Nic Gastronomusic Fest’ in Macau. It was a dream come true. I hope the Fest can travel around the world in the future to interact with a wider audience through music and food.”
A Gastronomic Spree Amid Endless Flow of Rock Music
While energy raved about the stage, a lot of happenings hit the Gourmet Zone. As the evening unfolded, the Rooftop Terrace of MGM COTAI became the performance stage, the auditorium and the dining room for a total indulgence of the senses. An enticing flow of international gourmet delights, prepared by the Chef Nic team and chefs at MGM, spoiled the taste buds of the audience.
Centering around themes like ‘stone’, ‘mist’, ‘forest’, ‘earth’ and ‘garden’, the Chef Nic team presented some of their signature dishes from the eponymous TV show. Sumptuous examples include Pani Puri Truffle Potato Soup envisioned by overall champion Gao Danyi and her own rendition of Philippines Home Style Crispy Pata. Xing Wei, who finished third in his write-in campaign, dished out the Fried Cod Steak & Deep Fried Cord Skin with Miso Sauce and a trio of golden scallops. Top-four contender Yang Beichuan threw in his signature Pork Gua Bao and the shaved ice called Repulse Bay. Pastry chef Lu Zichao made his first public turnout with Amanda. S for the redo of Dark Chocolate Tiramisu and Rose Cream Puff, while Ermanno Lelli, the man behind the Italian private kitchen Segreto, satiated foodies with the pasta dish “A Breeze from East over Roman Hills” (a family pasta recipe) and “Grandma Luisa’s Secret” eggplant Parmigiana.
Meanwhile, the audience also relished a glorious mix of international tastes prepared by chefs at MGM COTAI. They included Pan con Tomato & Morcon by MGM Executive Sous Chef Ugo Rinaldo; Chiffon Cake and Éclair by Executive Chef-Pastry Bruno Le Francois; Taco Nikkei by Chef Edwin Guzman Navarro at Aji; Slow Cooked Beef Cheek by Chef Daniel Smeenk at Grill 58; Double Double Hamburger by Chef John Slack at Coast; Dan Dan Noodles by Chef Yang Deng Quan at Five Foot Road; and Char Siu/Soy Chicken and Plain Rice by Chef Stephen Au at Hao Guo.
There was also a mouth-watering selection of classic delights, including Red Bean Ice Pop, Ice-cream Sandwich and Ice-cream Cup from the local brand Lai Kei, alongside with treats such as Abalone Ball, Abalone in Lobster Bisque, Abalone with Black Truffle, Braised Abalone and Abalone Noodles from On Kee.
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About Chef Nic
Founded in 2016, Chef Nic is a multi-faceted gourmet lifestyle concept personally led by Nicholas Tse, with a vision of “creating experiences, not just food.” Since its inception, Chef Nic has amplified the concept of “taste” and created a whole new universe of gastrono-lifestyle. Quality, consistency, safety are the brand’s core concepts when creating its own collection of Chef Nic’s Cookies and Chef Nic’s Noodles. The brand also diversifies its range by collaborating with renowned names like Lee Kum Kee and Sheung Wan On Kee to create premium sauces and Chinese delicacies. Chef Nic’s unique twists of local flavors are manifested in its collaborations with Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
Food is a universal language, it bridges the culture from the East and the West, it brings people closer together, allowing foodies from all over the world to experience “the widest spectrum of taste within the shortest distance.” Chef Nic’s innovations even go beyond the culinary horizons and into the world of smart living, having joined forces with Xiaomi to launch an induction cooker for a convenient and effortless cooking experience.
Chef Nic continues to expand its content matrix with the Chef Nic travelogues, variety shows and “Walk with Chef Nic” docuseries. Leveraging on its well-established multi-channel network with extensive coverage, delectable moments and culinary stories from cultures all around the world can be shared on all Chef Nic’s major social platforms, including Sina Weibo, Wechat, Douyin, Tencent Video, iQiyi, Youku, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
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