Amateur cooks and couch chefs, the excitement is upon us—MasterChef is coming to Singapore!
Having made do with one season of MasterChef Asia with contestants from the entire region, this year Singapore is all set for an exclusive experience. Whether you have sent in your entries and are waiting with bated breath or in anticipation of watching the cooks face off, you’ll agree it’s time to hone your game and up the plating skills.
If you are looking for inspiration, take a look at these MasterChef-worthy kitchens where you could be cooking up one gourmet meal after another. All of them in scenic locales, looking into beaches, infinity pools or verdant fields, that serve as perfect catalysts to your creativity.
Rose Moon Villa, Bali
Unending beaches and exotic temples aren’t all that Bali has to offer. The lush greenery and countryside living of Ubud is a world away from the buzzing beaches. Here, tucked away amidst Ubud’s rice paddies, is this cosy one-bedroom villa with a private pool and windows that open to miles of green fields. The kitchen is pristine white, cry-out-loud cute and perfect to cook up an authentic Balinese meal as you look out on to a fiery sunset.
Average price per night: SGD 248
Sunstone Villa, Phuket
The island of Phuket has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches. Its clear blue waters and white sand make for perfect postcards. Set in tranquillity, the six-bedroom Sunstone villa comes with a Jacuzzi and a barbecue as additional perks. The villa’s spacious, modern kitchen is a space where you could be prepping a tom yum soup while your friends sit around the island and give you company.
Average price per night: SGD 939
Luxury Villa, Cebu City
Cebu City is rich with historic landmarks from its Spanish colonial past and a cultural centre of Philippines. This palatial hillside villa with five bedrooms is a restored plantation house originally built in the 1920s. The kitchen too exudes the luxury that pervades the entire property—the elegance of the space alone should be enough to inspire you to whip up a three-course stunner!
Average price per night: SGD 1,072
Sea View Villa, Ko Samui
Palm-fringed beaches, mountains, tropical forests—you’ll find it all on this Thai island. From lounging by the sea to going on hiking trails, there’s something for everyone at Ko Samui. This Sea View Villa with seven bedrooms stands atop a hill, giving you panoramic views of the sea. It comes with a well-equipped yet simple kitchen, from where you can look out on to the refreshing blue of the sea as you prepare a decadent dessert.
Average price per night: SGD 483
Philippa Villa, Ko Samui
Being a popular tourist destination, Ko Samui has its popular beaches and crowded destinations. Get away from the hubbub at this spacious three-bedroom villa. It’s on the quieter, greener end of the island, yet keeps you close to tourist attractions and beaches. What’s more, its chic and functional kitchen has everything you need to practice your favorite dishes and bring them up to perfection.
Average price per night: SGD 290
There is much to anticipate for the upcoming cooking contest: Will there be another rendangate a la MasterChef UK? Or is everything goreng to be fine? We’ll have to wait till August, which is when the first episode of MasterChef Singapore is slated to be aired. Till then, cook away.