Hi, I am Ping...

a home cook who was propelled into a ‘dream come true’ world of cooking after winning the coveted MasterChef trophy back in 2014.

After been made redundant, I applied for the 10th series of Masterchef not even believing that I would get through to the show, the rest as they say is history. It is the best thing I have ever done and certainly pushed me to the limits. The competition was a huge boost to my confidence and has definitely established my love for cooking.

I grew up in Ipoh...

a town in Malaysia where people around the country travel to for good food. Since I was young I was spoilt for choice as there is always good food around. I moved to the UK to study in 2000 and found that I craved food from home. With lots of failed experiments and panic calls back to my mum in Malaysia, I started to cook Malaysian food for myself and for anyone who were willing to be guinea pigs.

My aim..

is to spread some love for Malaysian food in the UK, my home now for 16 years. MasterChef has allowed me to showcase some of the Malaysian flavours to a mass audience and now it is up to me and a few other chefs to champion this wonderful cuisine in the UK. I travel all over to promote Malaysian food.  I work with Chi Kitchen on Oxford Street to bring some fresh South East Asian cuisines including Malaysian to London and my debut cookbook MALAYSIA is out now and you can buy it on Amazon or from your local bookshop.

Why Ping's Pantry?

because I love my little pantry under the stairs where there are lots of weird and wonderful things to create the most sumptuous dishes.

My family...

and I live just outside Bath. My husband Andrew runs an e-commerce company Concrete Studios and my cheeky daughter Alexa whom I aspire to pass down the knowledge I acquired from my mum.