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CATS Classified & Nation Employment present the Domestic Helper Cookout

Singapore, 16 January 2013 – Six domestic helpers will be fighting it out, with a variety of cooking utensils and ingredients, to bag prizes for themselves and their employers in the “Domestic Helper Cookout” competition, a joint promotion between Singapore Press Holdings' CATS Classified and Nation Employment Pte Ltd.

The competition is organised with the aim of showcasing the invaluable contributions of domestic helpers working and living in Singapore. This year’s cookout is a sequel to last year’s joint promotion, in which extraordinary domestic helpers were nominated by their employers for their exceptional contributions in various areas – “Best Cook”, “Best All-Rounder” and “Best Caregiver”.

Last year, the nominees were judged based on the testimonials written by their employers. This year, the organisers have up the ante – the shortlisted nominees will have to demonstrate their skills in a live cooking session!

The six selected contestants had been nominated by their employers, who each submitted an entry stating his or her domestic helper’s speciality, describing briefly the ingredients, preparation and cooking methods used in dishing up each culinary delight. 

They will be invited for the cookout that will be happening on 18 Jan 2013 at the Asian Food Channel Studio at Orchard Central. Three pairs of nominees and nominators will each win $300 cash and an iPad mini (32GB) worth $578, respectively; and another three pairs of nominees and nominators will win a consolation prize of a $200 hamper (each winning pair will be entitled to one hamper).

The three judges that will be preceding over the competition are Mr Desmond Chin, Chairman of Nation Employment; Mr Yeoh Wee Teck, Correspondent, The New Paper; and Ms Kho Swee Har, Correspondent, Chinese Newspapers Division. 

Wiji Asih, 32, will be preparing her specialty, Nasi Lemak Istimewa (Surabaya style). This is how her employer, Marcus Tan, describes the dish: “She has a secret recipe passed down from her own family street stall business in Surabaya. She uses a unique blend of spices that really fires up your senses and taste buds and make this Nasi Lemak Istimewa so delicious. The fried chicken wings beat Kentucky Fried Chicken anytime. The Nasi Lemak rice is superbly fragrant”. 

Also in the line-up is a healthier version of Roti Jala, prepared without the use of coconut cream and ghee, restaurant style dishes like Crispy Prawn with Golden Salted Egg and Merla Chilli Crab, named after its creator, Merla Araya Dellava.

Media invitation

You and your photographer/ videographer are invited to the cookout on 18 Jan 2013.

Please RSVP by 17 Jan, Thursday, 4pm, to Gary at or 6319 1225.

Event details

Date: 18 January 2013, Friday

Time: 11am - 2pm

Venue: Asian Food Channel 
AFC Studio 
181 Orchard Road
#07-02 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Lim (Ms)
Communications Manager, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5950

Kim Soo Nan (Mr)
Head, Advertising & Promotions
CATS Classified
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 5978

Gary Yeo (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225

About CATS Classified

CATS Classified is part of the Marketing Division of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. It offers the most comprehensive marketplace for products, services and employment through CATS Classified in The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, CATS Klassified in Berita Harian & CATS Fastads in The New Paper.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs

(STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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