This year, a new category called ‘Longest-Running Award’ was introduced. This is awarded to previous participants of SGFM who received the highest number of votes per zone. The winners are:
- Shen Xi Fish Maw Pig Stomach Chicken
- Abalone Ginseng Buddha Jumps Over Wall
- Lazy Lizard The Promenade
- Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant
A total of more than 100 eateries, featuring a wide variety of cuisines, had battled out in the first round of voting. More than 76,000 votes were cast online over a duration of four weeks through sgfoodmasters.sg.
The judges then made unannounced visits to the 10 eateries that garnered the most votes per zone. The winners were determined through the following judging criteria: taste, presentation, services, value-for-money, and cleanliness.
The panel of judges comprises Ms Maureen Ow of Miss Tam Chiak fame; food influencer duo, The Ranting Panda; Mr Yeoh Wee Teck, columnist for The New Paper; Ms Charmaine Phua, Assistant Programme Director & Senior Music Director of ONE FM 91.3; content creator of hazeldiary_ Ms Hazel; Mr Hu Tianpei, reviewer for UFM/Uweekly “吃货” & ShyShyFoodie; content creator and blogger of Ah Beng Foodie Mr Jerry; together with Ms Anna Lim, senior producer-presenter of 96.3 Hao FM.
This year's sponsors include:
- Cherish Delights (Our Daily Food - Meal Subscription Service)
- Freshmart Singapore (K-Fresh Zone - Fruits and Vegetables)
- Hong Lian Ghim Kee (PaddyKing - Rice)
- JR Life Science (Holistic Way - Vitamin Supplements)
- Topseller (Golden Peony Thai Premium Fragrant Rice & Golden Circle Canola Oil)
Ms Aries Chan, 41, owner of The Coco Rice, said: "We are so honoured to be a part of Singapore Food Masters 2021 and very grateful for all the support from our clients and the judges. Reaching the top 3 when we are still very new at only 8 months is a pleasant surprise and blessing for us. While it has been challenging to move from being home-based to having a permanent stall at Tiong Bahru, which involved a total revamp of our menu and recipes, Singapore Food Masters has been a great platform for us to be recognised and introduce us to the market. We will do our best to continue serving good food and experience to our customers."
Clinching the longest running award for participating in the contest for consecutive years, foodie favourite Lazy Lizard The Promenade expressed its delight in participating in the competition.
Mr Werner, 65, one of Lazy Lizard The Promenade’s key management, said: "We have been open since 2019, and we will continue to serve high-quality food with great dining experiences. The Singapore Food Masters has helped us to generate more awareness of the restaurant so we will participate again next year, possibly with other Lazy Lizard outlets."
Dr Leslie Tay, host of Singapore Food Masters 2021 Awards Presentation and award-winning food blogger of ieatishootipost, said: "My congratulations go out to all 12 finalists, who have put in a lot of heart and soul to their craft and have weathered a challenging year. They certainly deserve the recognition for their efforts. Singapore Food Masters is an important platform for eateries who need greater exposure. At its core, it is about fans supporting their own favourite eateries and helping to make it known to a wider audience."
Visit sgfoodmasters.sg to view the finalists' awards presentation videos and the full list of participating eateries.
Stay tuned for SGFM 2022 and let us know which eatery you wanna see battling out in the competition next year!