Two Malaysians are finalists on MasterChef Asia

PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysian contestants have made it into the Top 3 of the cooking show MasterChef Asia.

Jasbir Kaur from Kuching and Marcus Low from Kuala Lumpur, together with Woo Wai Leong from Singapore, will battle it out in the next two episodes for the title.

"I was delighted when I found out I am in the Top 3," said Low, 24.

"Getting a shot at being the first ever winner of MasterChef Asia is something I could only dream of but now that I am almost there, I am over the moon," said Low, who works in a bank and hopes to open a pastry shop.

MasterChef debuted in Britain in 1990. It has been adapted in various other countries such as the United States and Australia.

The Asian edition of MasterChef, which premiered on Sept 3, started out with 15 contestants - three of them Malaysians.

In the penultimate episode, airing Thursday at 9pm on Lifetime (Astro Ch 709), the contestants have to cook a favourite family dish.

"I have chosen to cook something that my mother taught me," said Jasbir.

The winner will receive, among others, a US$50,000 (RM212,200 or S$70,247) cash prize, US$10,000 (RM42,440) worth of unique leisure experiences in Singapore, US$15,000 (RM63,660) worth of Panasonic home appliances, a paid internship at one of Carlton Hotel Singapore's restaurants and a one-week stay at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.