Aaron Craze in Malaysia : AFC’s Rude Boy Cooks’ Tour

And so a rude boy cooks yea?

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Aaron Craze sure isn’t your typical chef. Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen -a foundation used by Jamie for his social experiments where Jamie and his brigade of mentor chefs help to train disadvantaged kids and young adults to develop their culinary skills; Aaron, a school dropout of at the age of 15 is who is he is today; named as Oliver’s natural successor, awarded ₤120,000 to establish a business and a pub license worth ₤500,000.

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Watching him cook and engage with the audience that day reminded me of Sharone Hakman. Both resonates wit and charm, though I still prefer Sharone over Aaron. Both are not chefs by training but discovered culinary talents who has since captivated the culinary scene with their passion and culinary skills.

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For this edition of Culinary Masterpieces, the media was treated to a live cooking demonstration of some of Aaron’s creations. He started with Mexican Beef Tortilla with Tomato Salsa and Sour Cream followed by a Raviolo of Sunshine with Thai Asparagus and finishing off with Unbaked Lemongrass Cheesecake with Amoretti Biscuit Base.

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To be frank, none of the dishes wow-ed me at all. Perhaps Aaron kept it simple since it is a short session or the ones we were served (prepared by the students of Berjaya University of Hospitality) were nothing like the original.

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The Raviolo dish was most appealing for me as it has a nice golden yolk encased within. Unfortunately the taste didn’t quite match its appearance.

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The one done by Aaron.

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The one we were served.

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It’s a shame Aaron wasn’t able to personally cook for everyone. Anyhow it was good to have met him nonetheless. I generally find most chefs inspiring but more so for Aaron as his transformation from a disadvantaged background to a celebrity chef definitely serves as an inspiration to all budding chefs!

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Catch Aaron on AFC every Thursday, 11.00pm from now til 27th June 2013. There will be 13 episodes x 30 mins of “Rude Boy Food” so here’s your chance to see this bad boy turned good chef on screen! 🙂

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Category : Food