Your friendly food vending machine in your hood will soon be souped up with international cuisine prepared by famous chefs who have cooked for important world leaders and celebrities.
The new Chef-in-Box VendCafe at Pasir Ris will be the first to serve a collection of Indian classic cuisines created by the "Godfather of Indian cuisine", Chef Satish Arora.
The 70-year-old chef is a veteran chef with over 50 years of culinary experience and worked for the Taj Hotel Group. He has cooked for Queen Elizabeth II, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and former US President Bill Clinton.
In fact, Queen Elizabeth II declared in 1983 that the butter chicken by Chef Arora was the "best rendition" she ever had.
Some dishes that'll be available in the vending machine include butter chicken, prawn chettinad, chicken korma, vegetable Goa-style curry and vegetable briyani. Each ready-to-eat meal costs $8.80 and three minutes to heat up.
These dishes are currently available on the Chef-in-Box online portal from today and Chef Arora's creations will be available exclusively at Chef-In-Box VendCafe at Block 766 Pasir Ris Street 71 by end August.
Chef Arora is one of the international world chefs involved in the World Chef Series where dishes are curated from a line-up of renowned chefs. The next phases will include cuisines from Korea and Thailand.
VendCafe is operated by JR Vending. There are a total of five VendCafes at housing estates in Singapore, and over 100 Chef-In-Box machines islandwide. The fifth outlet is at 136 Rivervale Street in Sengkang.
Chef-In-Box will also be making its first foray overseas to London to cater to Singaporeans abroad.