MasterChef Singapore shouldn't be in Mandarin

The great news that Singapore will host its own MasterChef series has been marred by the fact that it will be shown on Mediacorp's Mandarin Channel 8 (Singapore's own MasterChef TV series to debut soon on Channel 8; ST Online, Feb 23).

Contestants are also asked to rate their level of Mandarin literacy in the online application form.

Why isn't the show being produced in English and screened on Channel 5?

Why isn't the show being produced in English and screened on Channel 5?

No applicant will then feel disadvantaged and most Singaporeans will be able to enjoy the broadcasts.

No applicant will then feel disadvantaged, and most Singaporeans will be able to enjoy the broadcasts.

Our cultural melting pot is fundamental to the way Singaporeans have come to embrace their passion for eating and cooking.

If MasterChef Singapore is not able to proudly represent our ethnic and gastronomic diversity in a medium Singapore can appreciate, then I feel it should not take on the name of our diverse country.

Gurmit Singh Kullar

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'MasterChef Singapore shouldn't be in Mandarin'. Print Edition | Subscribe