Calling all culinary enthusiasts, food aficionados, and those with a passion for preserving Singapore’s rich cultural identity ! Get ready to embark on an adventure that will tantalise your taste buds and evoke heart-warming memories as we celebrate Singapore’s rich heritage through the art of cooking. We are thrilled to invite you to participate in The Rafflesian Cook-Off. Share your passion for cooking while weaving a tale of flavours that reflects the multicultural roots of our nation.

Celebrating Singapore Heritage through Heartfelt Recipes


Embark on a Culinary Adventure

Immerse yourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Singaporean cuisine by creating dishes and desserts or drinks that embody the essence of our nation’s culinary legacy. Whether it’s a traditional family recipe passed down through generations or a modern twist on a classic, let your creativity shine.

Unleash Your Culinary Prowess

The competition consists of two rounds, each designed to showcase your creativity and passion for Singaporean cuisine.

Round 1: Share Your Heritage, Share Your Heart

In Round 1, participants will be required to submit a captivating video of up to 30 minutes showcasing a heritage-inspired main plate and a dessert or drink. Your recipes should utilise the fresh homegrown herbs and vegetables from our very own RGS Rooftop Garden as key ingredients, adding a touch of sustainability and environmental consciousness to your creations. Share a heartfelt memory associated with the recipes, allowing us to delve into the stories that are woven into the fabric of our Singaporean identity.

Round 2: A Culinary Showdown

Up to six finalists will be selected based on the creativity, authenticity, aesthetic plating and emotional resonance of their video submissions. They will then proceed to Round 2, where they will battle it out in a live cooking competition, held in person at the school on 1st May 2024. Finalists will recreate their main plate and dessert or drink, showcasing their skills and passion for Singaporean cuisine while tantalising the taste buds of our esteemed judges.

Prizes and Recognition

The top 3 winners of the competition will receive attractive prizes. Each finalist will be presented with a certificate of participation, The Rafflesian Cook-Off Chef’s Jacket and be featured on our Raffles Girls’ School and Raffles Girls’ School Alumnae website and social media platforms. The first 25 qualifying entries will receive a limited edition Rafflesian Cook-Off T-shirt.

Submission Guidelines and Important Dates

To participate in Round 1, please upload your video onto YouTube and submit your application by 15 March 2024. Competition Rules are available here. Finalists will be notified via email by 1 April 2024. The final Cook-Off will take place on 1st May 2024 at Raffles Girls’ School.

Eligibility Criteria

The Rafflesian Cook-Off is open to individuals who are current students or alumni of Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), Raffles Institution and/or the former Raffles Junior College (a “Rafflesian”) and teams of up to any 3 individuals, including parents of current students, as long as at least one team member is a Rafflesian. Professional chefs may not participate.

Embrace the Spirit of Culinary Heritage

This competition is an opportunity to celebrate the mouth-watering heritage of Singaporean food while showcasing your talents, local herbs and vegetables and sharing heart-warming stories that connect us to our past. We encourage all Rafflesians together with our friends and family to participate in this delicious adventure and contribute to the preservation of our nation’s culinary traditions.

The Rafflesian Cook-Off is an extension of the original project the school and alumni embarked upon more than 10 years ago, the cookbook Consuming Passion: Memories From The Rafflesian Table in 2013. Beautifully crafted, the award-winning book is a culinary bounty of delicious family heirloom recipes generously shared by distinguished alumni, current and past teachers and principals. Please contact Clorisa Loh to purchase copies of the book.

** Please note that the RGS Food Lab is a halal certified kitchen. Please do not submit recipes containing pork or its derivatives. Finalists will be provided with more details closer to 1 May 2024.

How to Sign-Up

  • The Competition closes on 15 Mar 2024.
    • Participants must register for the competition online.
    • Upload an edited video of no more than 30 minutes to YouTube and provide the URL in your sign-up form
  • Please refer to The Rafflesian Cook-off Official Rules
  • For additional information, please refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • For the list of herbs and vegetables available at the RGS Rooftop Garden, please check the list available here. Please note that the produce available on the day may vary. Finalists will be provided with further information closer to the date of the competition.