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Because we love what International Cooking Club Singapore (ICCS) does – that is, facilitating regular meetings amongst participants to enjoy each other’s company and culinary creations, The Finder will be featuring a different participant each month.
For the first installment, we’ve chosen Australian Corinne Kemp, who has been living in Singapore with her husband and 11-year-old twin daughters for just over three and a half years.
Shortly after moving here, she joined ICCS, and two of her recipes – Middle Eastern Jewish Almond and Orange Cake (shown above) and French Orange Chocolate Mousse (shown below) – are featured in the club’s The Red Dot Melting Pot Cookbook (read more about the gift-worthy tome at the bottom of this post).
“Corinne has been so involved in ICCS, so generous of her time volunteering as leader, coordinating all winter fairs this past year and is actually in two cooking groups,” explains ICCS founder, director and CEO Michelle Pilarczyk, who started the non-profit organisation in 2015.
Here, Corinne – whose day job is a Communications and Marketing Manager – shares her best tips and memories about cooking (and eating!) around the globe.
When did you first learn to cook?
“As a young child by watching my mother in the kitchen. She’s an amazing cook who has always demonstrated her love for others through food.”
Do you have any professional cooking experience or formal training?
“I have never been professionally trained in F&B, but love to learn about new cultures through their cuisines. No overseas holiday is complete without a trip to the local market, or better still a day cooking with a local!”
What are some of your favourite dishes to cook from your home country?
“I don’t have a favourite dish from Australia, but I do miss some of the produce. A trip back home usually involves a visit to the local butcher, who loads me up for the next six months.” (Find out about an innovative online meat grocer that can alleviate this problem!)
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Where do you buy good-quality, authentic ingredients in SG for when you cook at home?
“Food shopping in Singapore can be a bit of a challenge at times – mostly because there are few places that have everything I need under the one roof, and prices are always higher compared to back home. But, Tekka Market is my go-to for consistently fresh produce and friendly service.” (Check out The Finder’s guide to navigating this popular wet market for beginners.)
Has living in SG changed your cooking style?
“Living in Singapore has allowed me to learn a great deal about Asian cooking and flavours. ICCS has opened the door to a global repertoire.”
When you’re not cooking, what restaurants in Singapore do you enjoy dining at most often?
“There there are so many to choose from, but I have a number of go-to places for celebrations and overseas visitors. I’m always a fan of Violet Oon’s restaurants, Bakalaki Greek Taverna, Samy’s Curry Restaurant and Chopsuey Cafe. And, I can’t beat Buni’s Corner at Tekka for an authentic and mother-watering dosa.” (Learn about more Indian restaurants that Indian expats in SG love.)
About International Cooking Club Singapore (ICCS)
International Cooking Club Singapore (ICCS) is a non-profit organisation consisting of approximately 300 participants from 95 countries divided into 25 cooking and baking groups. They rotate homes and teach one another culinary skills. ICCS created The Red Dot Melting Pot Cookbook, a top-ranked cookbook containing 223 authentic recipes from 75 countries. Follow ICCS on Instagram at @iccs_sg as well as its cookbook page @reddotmeltingpotcookbook for a regular dose of delicious recipes!
By Sara Lyle Bow, September 2019
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