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Behind the Scenes with Channel 8’s New Programme Eat & Be Merry

Hi guys!

Today I’lll be blogging about my experience being a participant of local Mandarin television
Channel 8’s new food programme “Eat & Be Merry”!

As it’s a relatively new show, the day before the show producer was asking my director at work if he knew anyone who would be keen to join, I thought it’d be fun to see what it’s like, so I joined with another colleague from work. 🙂

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It happens to be the same day as I attended Shiseido brands’ bloggers appreciation party, thus the same outfit and look. 😀

Let’s find out if we really did “Eat & Be Merry”!

The filming was held at Han Sang Korean Restaurant at the Grand Stand, old turf club.
The entire restaurant is seriously huge, possibly can host up to 200 or more customers at any one time.

On to the food!

Oh, please let me apologize in advance for photos of half eaten food.
It only occurred to me after eating mid way that maybe I should blog about the experience. 😛

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Korean Jajang Myeon / Noodles. It’s a very famous korean black bean noodle. Very delicious.Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 2

Ginseng Chicken Soup.  There is rice cooked in, I didn’t particularly like this soup because it wasn’t clear and neither was it very herbal which is the way I like my ginseng chicken soup. However my colleague really likes this soup and apparently it’s a really popular korean dish. So it’s probably just me, that I don’t fancy Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup.
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Braised beef in pumpkin. Sorry it looks horrible cause it’s half eaten. This is really good. The meat is soft and tender and the pumpkin is delicious! As you can see, half of the pumpkin wall has been scrapped off and eaten. 🙂Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 4

Cold noodles. This was one of the last dish served up and I didn’t have any more stomach to try this, unfortunately. I didn’t even get to finish the delicious Jajang noodles! So I can’t give a proper comment for this. Such a waste of food right? >.<

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The side dishes. Very good kimchi lettuce. I don’t like the long green beans and the anchovies due to personal tastes. I do wish they had egg white side dish though!

Photos with the lovely hosts!

Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Hosts Pornsak Korean Food Enabalista

With Jerry Yeo (left) and Pornsak! Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Hosts Vivian Korean Food Enabalista.jpg

With Vivian Lai! Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Hosts 2 Pornsak Korean Food Enabalista

Basically the show is split into 3 segments.

Each episode focuses on a certain type of cuisine, in our case, it’s Korean.

In round 1, 12 pairs of contestants get to enjoy dishes and then answer about 8-10 MCQ-type questions.
The 3 pairs that obtains the most correct answers proceeds to round 2 and 3.

In round 2, contestants continue to answer questions that are open ended.
in round 3, contestants will be tested by a simple dish creation.
The winner will be decided based by the judge’s vote.

The other 9 pairs of contestants will continue in the show by voting for their favourite remaining 3 pairs, beginning in round 2.
Those that voted the winning team will get to share a cash bounty of $1500 while the winning team brings home $5000.

I won’t spoil the episode and tell you who the winning team is, but quite obviously it wasn’t my team/ my colleauge and I, LOL.

So here are some photos from round 2!

Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 9 Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 10 Basically a lot of waiting around in between takes…Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 12 Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 11

We very quickly made friends with the other teams… ^^Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 13

Here’s my view from round 3, behind the teams still in the running. Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 15

More waiting…Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 16

Hosts looking bored. 😛Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 18

Contestants explaining their dish.Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 19

Chefs in the kitchen!Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 32 Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 20

Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 33More filming, one of the last scenes.Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 22

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Honestly surprised to see 6 sets of cameras and 2 man for each set.
Basically there’s 1 set of camera for each host and the rest on the teams.Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 27

I think my colleague took this shot and sent it over. You can see the food prepared for round 3. Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 28

So this is what goes on behind the scenes of a relatively large scale food programme!
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Sneaking one selfie in between takes.Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 34 Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 36

With the team we rooted for… watch to find out if they won! Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 37
There’s also a mid size Korean mart in the restaurant.
Eat & Be Merry Channel 8 Korean Food Enabalista 38And to end off, Pornsak retweeted my tweet and made my day! 😛

If you would like to take part,  form a group of 2 to sign up for the game show.

Email, together with your age, contact details and photos to eatandbemerry@mediacorp.com.sg. 🙂

The episode will be up around Mid-May, if you would like to catch it.

Thanks to Eat & Be Merry crew and hosts for the lovely experience!

Thank you for reading~ ❤

x

Ena

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