Sarah Benjamin <黄代元> is one of the two winners of Food Hero 2014. Combined with her outgoing and down-to-earth personality, Sarah’s passion for food is infectious and undeniable.
Born and raised in Singapore to a Welsh father and a Peranakan-Chinese mother, Sarah grew up helping her parents and grandmother cook at home. One of her fondest childhood memories is assisting her grandmother in making Chinese Hakka dishes such as Yam Abacusfor Chinese New Year celebrations.
When it was time for university, Sarah moved to Scotland to study Sociology and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. It was then that Sarah began teaching herself to cook Asian food to satisfy her cravings and cope for being home sick. At the same time, she started her own food blog, kitchenhoarder.com, and delved into food styling and photography.
Since winning Food Hero, Sarah has become a popular face of Asian Food Channel, with programs such as Fresh Off Japan!, Cooking For Love Seasons 1 & 2, Must Try! Asia Seasons 1 & 2, and web series Yummy Desserts, Simply Special, and GR848. With Asian Food Channel, Sarah has traveled across Asia to savour and showcase the best of Asian cuisines, but has most recently traveled to far-flung Portugal, where she hosted a series of online vignettes featuring the country’s sights and flavors with Trafalgar Tours.
Apart from her television work, she is also a confident multi-lingual host for on-ground events, and has hosted numerous events like Papa’s Kitchen Family Cook-Off and the Asian Food Channel Family Cook-Off in Singapore, as well as a promotional dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with esteemed international celebrity chef from Thailand, Chef Ian Kittichai.
Currently based in Singapore, Sarah also loves the piano and playing with her two cats, Sambal and Porridge!