SINGAPORE, Sept 4 — Malaysian Ili Sulaiman and Debbie Wong from Hong Kong were picked as this year’s winners in the Asian Food Channel (AFC) and Food Network’s Food Hero, it was announced today.
After a four-month talent search across the Asia-Pacific region, the two winners were chosen from five finalists who were judged on their performance in a series of food-based challenges, interviews and screen tests.
Ili owns and runs a food delivery business called Dish By Ili; while Wong is one of the hosts of the YouTube series “Wok and Gong.” The two of them follow in the footsteps of last year’s Food Hero winners, Singapore’s Sarah Benjamin and Malaysia’s Michele Lean.
Both have both gone on to host their own television shows: Benjamin has starred in the original series “Must Try! Asia” while Lean hosted “Food Wars Asia” on Food Network. This month, Benjamin will join celebrity cook Nik Michael Imran in AFC’s latest original series “Cooking For Love,” which premieres next Tuesday. — TODAY