Engineering student Derek Cheong was named the winner of MasterChef Singapore after nine intense weeks of gruelling competition.

Now, he has also landed himself the coveted gig of commis chef, working alongside the big names from Mirazur — named World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2019. The Mirazur pop-up will be held at Straits Clan from May 14 to Aug 11. 

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In a statement put out by Straits Clan on Instagram, it says that Cheong will “put his chops to the test alongside the world’s very best.” The statement continues: “Nothing brings us greater joy than connecting cultures and bringing inspirational people together, and we are proud to have homegrown talents such as Derek joining our team.”

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As commis chef, Cheong will be part of Mirazur’s team of chefs and service staff, all of whom will be flying specially into Singapore for this special dining experience.

An avid cook, the 24-year-old also runs his own private dining experience Twelve Flavours, which he started in 2019. But with the attachment to Mirazur, he had to put Twelve Flavours on hiatus, until the pop-up attachment is over.

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As winner of the second season of MasterChef Singapore, Cheong took home more than S$100,000 worth of prizes including S$22,000 in cash; household and kitchen appliances from Luzerna Chinaware, KitchenAid, Global Knives and Thermomix; more than S$3,000 worth of Nespresso products; a staycation and spa package from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore; as well as internship opportunities with Masterchef Singapore’s judges Damian D’Silva and Bjorn Shen.

Cheong says in his Instagram post: “To the judges @audramorrice @bjornshen @the_rebel_chef: thank you so so much for all the feedback and advice. I will heed them and also complete my studies! Most importantly, never stop cooking.”