Alvin Quah

Alvin Quah

Alvin Quah, a Buddhist born, Cantonese and Hokkien speaking, Chinese Malaysian, was born in Kuala Lumpur. In the melting pot of food culture that Malaysia is, his cooking eductation started young.  At four years old, he remembers learning, under his Mothers watchful eye, how to shape and roll glutinous rice dumplings that would later be boiled in a ginger syrup.

A love of the English language and a close proximty to home, meant at 20 Alvin chose Melbourne as the place to study for his PhD in Science. Whilst his fellow students lived on baked beans and two minute noodles, Alvin spent his univeristy years experimenting with mixing the flavours instilled in him by his Mother’s Nyonya heritage and his newfound appreciation for Western Cuisine.

In 2010, encouraged by his partner he audtioned for the second series of MasterChef.  Alvin departed the iconic Channel 10 series after making a more than credible bid for the title and not before his quick witted sense of humour made him a favourite among audiences across Australia.

Since then he has been in hot demand for Australian Television programs, appearing on Ch 10’s the 7pm project and The Circle and Ch9’s Kerri-Anne.  He has a regular column with Citysearch – ’Alvin Bites’, frequently contributes to magazine ’Gourmet Rabbit’ and has made personal appearances all over Australia, including; the Fine Food Fair in Melbourne,  Crave Sydney, The Hunter Valley Seafood Festival and most recently MasterChef Live in Sydney.

In an exciting start to 2011,  Alvin appeared as regular guest chef on Kerri-Anne, was an Ambassador for Australia Day and Taste of Harmony.

In 2012 Alvin is working with Ayam as their ambasador, conducting cooking demos around the country and continues to be devoted to his blog site www.cinnamonpig.com.au.

Alvin Quah, a Buddhist born, Cantonese and Hokkien speaking, Chinese Malaysian, was born in Kuala Lumpur. In the melting pot of food culture that Malaysia is, his cooking eductation started young.  At four years old, he remembers learning, under his Mothers watchful eye, how to shape and roll glutinous rice dumplings that would later be boiled in a ginger syrup.

A love of the English language and a close proximty to home, meant at 20 Alvin chose Melbourne as the place to study for his PhD in Science. Whilst his fellow students lived on baked beans and two minute noodles, Alvin spent his univeristy years experimenting with mixing the flavours instilled in him by his Mother’s Nyonya heritage and his newfound appreciation for Western Cuisine.

In 2010, encouraged by his partner he audtioned for the second series of MasterChef.  Alvin departed the iconic Channel 10 series after making a more than credible bid for the title and not before his quick witted sense of humour made him a favourite among audiences across Australia.

Since then he has been in hot demand for Australian Television programs, appearing on Ch 10’s the 7pm project and The Circle and Ch9’s Kerri-Anne.  He has a regular column with Citysearch – ’Alvin Bites’, frequently contributes to magazine ’Gourmet Rabbit’ and has made personal appearances all over Australia, including; the Fine Food Fair in Melbourne,  Crave Sydney, The Hunter Valley Seafood Festival and most recently MasterChef Live in Sydney.

In an exciting start to 2011,  Alvin appeared as regular guest chef on Kerri-Anne, was an Ambassador for Australia Day and Taste of Harmony.

In 2012 Alvin is working with Ayam as their ambasador, conducting cooking demos around the country and continues to be devoted to his blog site www.cinnamonpig.com.au.

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