SINGAPORE - When she found out she won the lucky draw, she was elated that she could try authentic Italian food, having never travelled to Europe.
Madam Mary Andrews, 51, a freelance speech and drama teacher, was one of 10 Straits Times subscribers who won a dining treat for two at Italian restaurant Fratelli in Resorts World Sentosa on Friday (July 6).
"It's like I'm in Italy now, it's my first time having fine-dining Italian food. Knowing the ingredients came directly from Italy gave me lots of satisfaction."
Not only did the winners get to dine on a six-course dinner, but they also met Fratelli's celebrity chefs Roberto and Enrico Cerea, who are from restaurant Da Vittorio, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Bergamo, Italy.
The brothers, both chefs, whipped up the meal with Fratelli's chef de cuisine, Davide Bizzarri.
Said Madam Andrews, who took her god-daughter with her: "Meeting the brothers was very exciting. Ambience and service were excellent. The food was amazing - the tomatoes especially were very sweet, very high quality."
The subscribers enjoyed a dinner of paccheri pasta with a special tomato sauce, pan-seared sea bass, and the modern version of a classic cheesecake, among other Italian cuisine, all made with ingredients sourced from Italy.
Corporate manager Alice Lee, 57, said the chefs were meticulous in presentation.
She said: "There was a good harmony of taste, and I can tell that they took a lot of time and effort to prepare the dinner - there were more than five chefs in the open kitchen in front of us."
The 10 lucky Straits Times subscribers won the dinner for two worth $376, after taking part in the contest held by the ST+ loyalty programme. They had to answer a simple question and were chosen through a lucky draw. The dinner was hosted by Straits Times food correspondent Eunice Quek.
ST+ started in April last year to reward subscribers with special discounts and benefits offered by more than 100 partners.
ST readers can look out for further details about dining opportunities at RWS on the Singapore Press Holdings Rewards app, such as a dinner at Chinese restaurant Forest with local celebrity chef Sam Leong in November.
Last month, in another contest held by the ST+ loyalty programme, six subscribers won a Father's Day dinner for four, worth $752, at Curate, a fine-dining restaurant in RWS.