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DBS Masterclass With Chef Diego Chiarini At AFC Studio

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Pix Credit: AFC Studio
When I learnt that the int'l award-winning Italian Chef Diego Chiarini of OSO Ristorante will be cooking in the kitchen at AFC Cooking Studio, I was real excited.

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The hype built up when I was invited to attend the DBS Masterclass with Chef Diego Chiarini, up close & personal. The whimsical Chef asked if I wanted a professional or casual pose, so SMILE for the camera!

Having worked in some of the world’s leading restaurants such as the Four Seasons Hotels in Tokyo & Milan, the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris & Hotel de Paris in Monaco, Chef Chiarini has also taught at Bice Cooking School in Tokyo & even written his own book. Now, the int'l acclaimed Chef is serving at OSO Ristorante, one of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore.

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To kick off the evening's event exclusively for DBS/ POSB Credit or Debit Card members at Asian Food Channel concept store, the AFC Studio, guests were served two appetizers with a glass of sparkling wine.

Chef Chiarini hand selects the finest ingredients, many of which are being sourced direct from Italy using his personal contacts & associates throughout the country. Diego remarks, “If I cannot find exactly the ingredient that I am looking for, the dish will not feature on the menu, there is no point in me providing cuisine that is not authentic.”

So let's spellbind in Chef Diego’s signature Italian cuisine rooted in culinary traditions from various Italian regions, using high quality fresh ingredients, putting them together via simple cooking methods to create divine combinations.
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Here's Chef Chiarini demonstrating his first dish using fresh prawns.

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In every cooking demo I attend, I've always learnt something new. This time, I was blown away by what seemed to be very simple notion, yet why haven't I thought of it. Using a lighter to draw out the flavour & scent from an orange peel, added a perky touch to the Italian appetizer.

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Prawns Coated With Celery, paired with Casal Garcia White from the Vinho Verde region. This is a smooth & fresh wine with a delicate & fruity aroma. This wine is ideal as an appetizer, light fish dishes or fresh salads. Due to its freshness, it's particularly pleasant in a relaxed & informal atmosphere.

I love Celery, though I must admit that it's an acquired taste. The Chef cleverly paired the Prawns Coated With Celery with a rich Tomato Sabayon dressing, taking away the raw taste of the celery, making it easy for those who do not fancy the vegetables. What if you really don't like Celery, & what can you substitute it with? Give it some thoughts. I'll be touching more on this when I share the Chef's recipe with you at a later date.

I've had Beef Cheeks in my numerous fine dining gastronomy outings, but who could've thought that this can be easily done to impress your guests at home? Everything seemed so easy under the skilful hands of Chef Chiarini. The Slow Poached Beef Cheek With Herbs was paired with Bons Ventos, a Portuguese red from the Lisbon region. Aromatic with notes of ripe black & red fruits. A fruity attack In the palate, very smooth with concentrated red fruit flavours, well balanced with oak notes & an agreeable pronounced acidity.

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Just look at the tenderness of the beef, with shredded meat falling off with just a stroke of the fork. Pumpkin & Black Truffle Puree makes a beautiful contrast which complimented the Slow Poached Beef wonderfully. Only complaint - more Truffles pleeeeeeeeese!

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Can you guess the next dish on the menu, with Chef Chiarini smiling cheekily? It's dessert time!!

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Dark Chocolate Soup With Cardamom & Expresso Coffee, paired with Niepoort White was just too perfect! Serve chilled as an aperitif, but it also goes down a treat as a dessert wine. Dazzling gold with a fresh nutty aroma & delicate subdued fruit. Medium sweet on the palate, interacting perfectly with the spirit which in turn gives a superb structure to the wine. I love it & drank up my glass unabashedly! I could've finished my friend's glass too if not for the alcohol content of 20%! The dessert wine was a brilliant match with the super rich chocolate which was drowned in two cups of Espresso!

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Well, the evening ended with a high note with Chef Chiarini's authentic Italian creations. Happy guests do not leave empty handed. Here's what in our goodie bag: Appetite Magazine, a bottle of Vittel Mineral Water, Casal Garcia wine card, an AFC Note Book & Apron, & a 4-course dining voucher to dine at OSO Ristorante at only S$68++/pax (UP: S$98++).

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The Chef Signatures - Masterclass Series is jointly organised by DBS & the Asian Food Channel, with wine pairings from VivaVino. Masterclass Series by Renowned DBS Indulge Chefs; the cooking demonstration with food sampling are priced at:

• S$180 per 2 pax (POSB / DBS card members)
• S$100 nett per person (for DBS/POSB Cardmembers)
• S$120 nett per person (for non-DBS/POSB Cardmembers)

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Stay tuned, I'll be back with Chef Chiarini's recipes! In the interim, check out my previous DBS Masterclass With Chef Julien Bompard At AFC Cooking Studio!

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Or, how about a glimpse of If Yan Can Cook, So Can You?

AFC Cooking Studio
181 Orchard Road
#07-02 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896


  1. Food is always interesting! So you must have learn a lot by now, Shirley!! :)

    1. Reana, it's life-long learning....... never enough :)

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  3. Chef Chiarini definitely looked more relax then you in that picture. LOL! All dishes looks interesting after your descriptions. Substitue celery with....? Mmm... must think hard.... luckily i love celery too, infact it's my favourite vege......saved from cracking my head, haha!

    1. DS, needless to say he's the pro! I'm always nervous around chefs. Hahaha! I'm sure u must be looking fwd to the recipe :)

  4. Wow...the classes are so affordable in Singapore!

    1. missyblurkit, is it that expensive in M'sia? Mmmm... must chk it out someday. It's interesting to attend cooking demos during vacations too.

  5. Wow, it look so nice, especially that "Dark Chocolate Soup With Cardamom & Expresso Coffee".

    1. LuPorTi, tempting, isn't it? U can try making it yourself once the recipe is out!

    2. YEA! Haha. Try to make it? I wonder what will happen when good recipe meets bad cook. Haha.

    3. LuPorTi, hahaha! U're so cute, dear!

  6. so good. besides eating great food. You also learn new stuff!!

  7. Awesome and wish I could have attend the same but sad we don't have such event over here. Lovely food and that's a useful tip on using the lighter for the peel. I will need this for my next round of cooking should it be any kind of peel.

    1. Nava, I'm sure if u google, u can find something similar. I'd love to try that out too! Let's have fun!

  8. You must cook for me when I come to Singapore ya? ;)

  9. You are a pro at meeting the chefs and writing reviews, felt like some big shot magazine review. way too Shirley Girl!!!
    Love Ash.

    1. Ash, u're too kind with your words! I enjoy writing about food :)

  10. They always make it look sooo easy!

  11. Looks like an amazing Masterclass, all the food looks beautiful.
    I used to watch Yan can cook when I was young, but haven't seen that friendly face for many many years!

    1. Trishie, u can watch him on TV then :) These masterclasses are well worth the time.

  12. truffle and beef.... gosh, your photos made me hungry :(

  13. Shirley, your professional pose is so cute! What an honor to rub elbows with an acclaimed chef and to sample his glorious food. That dessert is killin' me!

    1. K, hahaha! U're simply adorable! Glad u like the post, my dear!

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