Friday, June 1, 2012

A Taste of Finland with Sara La Fountain @ Berjaya University College of Hospitality, KL

Courtesy to BERJAYA University College of Hospitality (UCH), I'm lucky to be part of the media to attend the cooking demonstration by the gorgeous Celebrity Chef of  Asian Food Channel (AFC)Sara La Fountain

If you do not know, Sara is not just a pretty face runway model and popular TV host, but also a young aspiring chef and cookbook writer! Graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, the world-renowned culinary school in New York, Sara is currently a TV host on New Scandinavian Cooking airing on AFC and has her own cooking show, Avec Sara.

She has also published several books and her first cookbook, A la Sara, earned her the esteemed Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the "Best First Cookbook" category. Then the book on her hand today is her second cookbook titled Passion for Food, but it is not available in English version yet.

Chef La Fountain repeatedly emphasized throughout her demonstration to the culinary students, "Put your own spin on things and make it a bit different. But at the same time, remember that the kitchen should always be a fun place to be".


During the cooking demo, I'm with Berjaya Culinary students on this educational journey discovering American-Finnish cuisine. Sara showed us how to make 2 dishes, the first one is a pan-fried combination of potatoes, onions, diced meat and served with a fried egg and sour pickled gherkin, or in short the rustic Finnish dish, "Pyttipannu". 

Traditionally, the main ingredients used are of leftovers, be it meat or vegetables. However, as time evolves, it can be served as a main course in many countries outside Finland!

A simple dish like this can be so delicious from the hands of this young chef!

Food is truthfully where Sara's passion lies. She owns a catering service and a cooking school, alongside with her blog, Passion for Fashion & Food. Just from her mesmerizing smile you'd know why she is capable of captivating the hearts and appetites of AFC viewers!

Next, Sara prepared the Finnish French Toast with Forest Wildberries--- definitely my favorite dish of the day. Chef Siew Lee from Berjaya UCH is toasting the cubes of bread into golden brown perfection before topping it with wildberries and crispy walnut.

Here's the end product. It tastes great with the right balance of sweetness here!

Lastly, after the sharing session with Sara, we have a group photograph with the students before proceeding to the autograph session.

Sara La Fountain and me, with a poster with her signature! :D

BERJAYA University College of Hospitality 
Level 11 West, Berjaya Times Square, 
No. 1 Jalan Imbi, 
55100 Kuala Lumpur. 
Contact: 603-2687 7000 (for details on future events)
Website: www.berjaya.edu.my

83 comments:

  1. Love the last pic of you & Sara!

    Gosh.. she is really pretty and so talented... so bum that I missed this one... =D

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    1. Hi Jenn, that's so nice of you. Hope to catch more celebrity chefs with you soon!

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    1. Hi Kian Fai, interested? :P Can get her contact number from me, haha!

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    1. Hi Jessy, yes me too! I'd wish to be like her!

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  4. So nice can get a photo with her(: She can be a model, tv host and even a chef, indeed talented!

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    1. Hi Hilda, I feel lucky too but I'm ugly standing beside such a pretty girl! Haha

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  5. Wow~ Why wasn't I given the opportunity to have shot with her? Haha~ She real beautiful~ :)

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    1. Hi Criz, you can meet her during her world cooking tour :) Check out for her schedules.

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  6. she is so pretty.. gosh.. i cant attend it coz got other things to do on tat day.. =(

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    1. Hi Summer, next time you can see prettier chefs too, no worries and be patient :D

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  7. pretty looking chef... and beautiful cooking.. :)

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  8. Hi, nice pictures of you and Sara, looks like you had a good time at the event. Congrat!

    Have a nice day.

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    1. Hi Amelia, thanks for your compliment, have a great time ahead!

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  9. she's gorgeous! attended the cooking demo by her at Royale Chulan.

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    1. Hi Evelyn, that's nice :) You must have tasted the best from her!

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  10. Wow she is really pretty! ;)

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    1. Hi Hayley, models like her are simply gorgeous!

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  11. With her arm round my shoulder
    Taking a snapshot together
    Oh my, what a nice feeling
    Hey man, stop your daydreaming

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    1. Hi there, that will be really unforgettable then!

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  12. wow, she's pretty and she can cook!! cool~~ :D

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    1. Hi SK, yes and it's rare for ladies nowadays :)

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  13. She's gorgeous and very talented , too ! You're such a lucky girl to have seen her in person ! Wish I was there ! lol

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    1. Hi Anne, you can always catch her TV show on AFC channel :)

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  14. Now where did I see a post on her? Ya...look at her in the poster. Like a professional model. Would not expect her to be a chef.

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    1. Hi Arthur, she's now a professional chef who travels around the world too :) Model cum chef, how great!

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  15. So talented and amazing - how lucky you are my friend, what a blast :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru, you can be one too since you're so young and talented! :)

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  16. I certainly won't mind to have a taste of her... I mean her Finland. Eh, I mean her food. =p Chocoholic & Candylicious at Genting Highlands

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    1. Hi Tony, ermm.. her everything, you mean? :P

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  17. Finland?? Gosh, I miss the country so much after my trip to Helsinki last year. What a gorgeous-looking Chef! Awesome event!

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    1. Hi Shirley, then you must love her dishes if you were there ;D

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  18. Is a model and then become a chef? Fantanstic

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    1. Hi Angeline, yes that's a rare but true story!

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  19. She is definately multiskilled, from being a model and the rest she does including owning a catering service. I should check out new cooking program on tv soon.

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    1. Hi Nava, yes you should enjoy her TV show as well as her cookbook!

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  20. ooo, Pyttipannu looks like a very delicious recipe. i've never tried it before, but i hope some restaurant in KL will serve it someday :D

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    1. Hi Sean, I think there will be some Finnish cuisine in town soon :)

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  21. She's good looking huh. Young, beautiful and talented chef! ;-)

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    1. Hi Melissa, yes I absolutely agree with you :D

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  22. She looks really pretty and I bet the food tasted absolutely pretty amazing too!

    Interesting in room8five: The Paradigm Incident

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    1. Hi Daniel, oh yes she's a good Finnish chef who cooks really well!

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  23. which man/guy can resist a leng lui that can cook ? haha

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    1. Hi Ken, it's an added point for a pretty girl. Haha!

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  24. Wah so good to be able to attend the event! Must be exciting! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your lovely comment and have a great day ahead!

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  25. Love the look of those wildberries!

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    1. Hi there, yes the dish is simply lovely!

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  26. Such a great experiences with celebrity chef!

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    1. Hi Nikel, yes it is a good one for me :)

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    1. Hi Carol, it's more than fun; I learn alot from there :D

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  28. Woweeee, I would love to be there too.....

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    1. Hi Pete, perhaps you can stay tuned for more exciting chefs demonstration to meet more pretty faces! :)

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  29. Wow cool! what a great experience with wonderful cook.

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    1. Hi Luporti, yes hope to have more events like this in town :)

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  30. I think she is extremely hot. =)

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    1. Hi Smit'n, I totally agree with you here!

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  31. i probably hv missed her show in AFC, so pretty and so talented! i think i'm going to chk her shows in afc next!

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    1. Hi Lena, you can start checking on her finnish recipes on AFC :)

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  32. Such a gorgeous gal. I bet she has a lot of viewers who are not even interested in food :-)

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    1. Hi Monica, yes she is so bubbly that any body would love her!

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  33. oh ur such a very lucky gal!

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    1. Hi Genskie, oh yea I'm so glad that I make it for the event :)

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    1. Hi Izdiher, that is not only fun, but makes me learn a lot too!

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  35. looks like a wonderful treat, colorful and very inviting, and love the concept, making a treat out of the left-overs

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    1. Hi Betchai, perhaps you can try her recipe at home too? :)

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    1. Hi Miriam, thank you and have a pleasant day ahead!

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  37. wow, so cool! the food looks delicious! :)

    <3, Mimi
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    1. Hi Mimi, thanks for your comment and hope you enjoy reading!

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  38. she really pretty , so that you :)

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