AFC’s 4th Celebrity Chef Series: A Taste of Finland with Sara La Fountain

I love meeting chefs.
In general, they are such a merry bunch. Ok, I have not met the foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay but my experiences with most chefs has always been inspiring and educational.

Chef Sara for one; would like to DJ and cook simultaneously for her audience on day. When she announced that to us during her cooking and sampling session, we immediately upgraded her to uber-cool level. I mean, how could you like this sweet doll? 🙂

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If you are unfamiliar with Sara La Fountain, she’s the sassy American-Finnish celebrity chef of Perfect Day and New Scandinavian Cooking, which will air on the Asian Food Channel, Astro Channel 703 beginning early July 2012.

And oh, she blogs too! Check out her updates on her adventures and travels on

As a matter of fact,  Chef La Fountain is the epitome of brains and beauty. At the current moment, she’s a chef, model, entrepreneur, author, columnist and blogger embodied in one. I’m sure she’s adding DJ-ing to that long resume soon!
Trained at the world-renowned culinary school, The Culinary Institute of America located in New York, she is now based in Finland, where she is a popular media personality who hosts her own cooking show, Avec Sara.

Away from the camera, Chef La Fountain runs a catering service and a cooking school. As an author, Chef La Fountain has also published several books – A la Sara, her first book, earned her the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the “Best First Cookbook” category.

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How does she manages it all? Well, she will tell you the same mantra all successful individuals live by; “be passionate about what you do and do it well” . Well, perhaps not in those exact words, but you know the drill. Hard work, perseverance, passion and discipline. I live by these rules everyday.

Now, with those accolades and the looks to match, can she cook?

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Though it was slightly disappointing that the dishes she demonstrated wasn’t pure Finnish cuisine, I was still glad to have the opportunity to sample her cooking. Sara whipped up a simple salad, a beautifully flaky fish as the main and ended the short session with a pretty dessert.

While the dishes aren’t purely Finnish, there were some Finnish elements thrown in. For a start, the salads made use of blueberries, a Finnish favourite.

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The fish is another. Finnish are known to eat more seafood than meat and the many lakes in Finland provides the abundant  protein source.

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Last but not least, the dessert embodies Sara; sweet, pleasant and pretty!

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A small showcase of Sara’s cooking.

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Finnish food. Now I’m all intrigued. That’s something still unavailable in Malaysia isn’t it? Anyone of any restaurants or outlets in KL that offers Finnish cuisine? Let me know if you do! 😀

 *A Sara La Fountain strip will be airing on the Asian Food Channel between May 14-18 at 12.30pm and 7.30pm. The strip will feature episodes from Perfect Day and New Scandinavian Cooking that are hosted by Sara.

Starting 2nd July, the strip of Perfect Day and New Scandinavian Cooking will air again on the Asian Food Channel Monday to Friday at 7.30pm.

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Thanks AFC! I can’t wait for more of these AFC events! 🙂

* All pictures taken with the Samsung S3. I’m not really impressed with the camera so far. Could it be lighting issues?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sean

    finland! now there’s a country i haven’t visited, but i think i’d enjoy the food there if i went. fresh seafood! 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Same here! Now that I come to think of it, how come we don’t hear much about ppl going for hls in Finland??

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