Indonesia-born Chef with a high-flying restaurant on the Lagos island, Lalu Surdiham, was dumbfounded penultimate Friday when he was announced the winner of the maiden edition of Knorr Taste Quest cooking reality TV show.
Surdiham beat Nigeria’s Patricia Allison and Saratu Mamman to clinch the coveted prize. The victory comes with a top prize of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, one million naira and kitchen equipment worth three hundred thousand naira.
The tension soaked grand finale saw Patricia and Saratu emerge second and third place winners respectively. While Patricia went home with N1million prize and a kitchen set worth N300,000, Suratu got N500,000 and a kitchen set worth N300,00.
Similarly, Ifeyinwa and Gregory emerged fourth and fifth place winners respectively and went home with mouth-watering prizes including kitchen equipment and Knorr branded products.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony that held at Unilever Headquarters in Lagos, Surdiham could not contain his excitement. He muttered: “I was thinking that Patricia would emerge the champion. Then they announced her as the first runner-up and I was a bit confused.
“And then, I looked round and saw two other contestants including Gregory. I wasn’t sure of myself until I was pronounced winner. I couldn’t believe my eyes.” the 44 year-old Chef added.
According to Dr. Roberts, master Chef and head of the judges, the best contestant won. His words, “The choice of winner was basically based on their performance of the task that they had in front of them. It had nothing to do with whether you are a man, woman or child, it was strictly based on the task at hand.
“The show has proved that anybody can be a Chef irrespective of gender, provided you can put your mind to it. Cooking is not only a skill that women do.”