Granny ends seven-month hunt for ambassador and cooks her way to HK$1m

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 12:00am


A seven-month search by Nestle soya brand Pak Fook for a 'granny' brand ambassador has ended with the crowning of 65-year-old Tang Wai-ha, who - after making it through five stages of the competition - defeated two other grannies in a cook-off.

In a competition on Saturday, which resembled the climax of Stephen Chow Sing-chi's 1996 cult comedy God of Cookery, the three women unleashed their culinary skills in front of a panel including Canto-pop star Alex Fong Lik-shun and celebrity chef Wong Wing-chee.

Tang (second from right) won with two beancurd dishes, Golden Pak Fook Dish and Shining Pak Fook Delight, which Wong praised for being creative yet maintaining a traditional flavour.

Her prize was HK$1 million and a contract to be the brand's spokeswoman for three years.

'The prize will be very helpful for the younger generation of my family,' said Tang, who has six children and four grandchildren.

Franck Leyze, managing director of Nestle Hong Kong, said the company ran the competition to reinforce its commitment to Pak Fook and connect with the people of Hong Kong.

'Pak Fook is a traditional Chinese brand,' he said. 'We wanted someone to represent that value.'