Mother’s Day Menu at Chi Kitchen plus Masterchef Winner signs Partnership Deal

Intro by Dave Massey

Last month Julie Wallis visited Chi Kitchen in Bullring, Birmingham to discover the delights of Masterchef winner Ping Coombes cooking for herself. Read about it here:

For Mothering Sunday. Chi Kitchen have prepared a special four-day only Mother’s Day menu so you can treat a loved one over this special weekend! Check out the menu here:

Chi Kitchen- Mother’s Day Menu 4th-7th March 2016

Lamb with Shemiji Mushroom
Lamb with Shemiji Mushroom. Photos via Chi Kitchen

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Ping Coombes is set to bring a taste of Malaysia to the heart of Birmingham

It seems like only yesterday one of our favourite MasterChef contestants, Ping Coombes won the popular television series, after continuing to inspire the judges with food enthused by her Malaysian heritage. This year Ping is keen to bring her culinary wisdom to the Midlands, after the announcement of her partnership with Pan-Asian restaurant, Chi Kitchen.

Masterchef Winner – Ping Coombes photo by Julie Wallis

Chi Kitchen, which is situated inside the Bullring’s Debenhams, arrived in the city last September, prior to the opening of their second venue in London on Oxford Street in November 2015. The restaurants offer a diverse all day dining menu, designed to guide guests on a culinary journey through South East Asia.

Having been given the title of Consultant Chef for both Chi Kitchen Birmingham and Chi Kitchen London, Ping is excited to create her own menu for the restaurants, adding her personal little twist to the diverse menu. Ping will be travelling to Malaysia for the next month to gain inspiration for the dishes that she will launch in Chi Kitchen.

Owner Eddie Lim said, “I’m so pleased to be welcoming Ping into the Chi Kitchen family, she’s been a good friend of mine for many years. Her food is vibrant and exciting, we are confident that our customers are going to love what Ping will bring to the Chi Kitchen menu as well as attracting a new customers to our restaurants”

Salt and Pepper Baby Squid (13)
Salt and Pepper Baby Squid. Photos via Chi Kitchen

Since being crowned the winner of MasterChef in 2014, Ping has embraced the chance to spread her knowledge by promoting Malaysian food around the UK and abroad. Now a Malaysia food ambassador, she has appeared at many food events and festivals including Taste of London and is also about to launch her first cookbook MALAYSIA due 5th of May this year which is available to pre order from Amazon.

Ping Coombes, Chi Kitchen Consultant said: “I am very proud to announce my involvement with Chi Kitchen. I love that they share my approach to food and dining, which is serving fresh ingredients in a warm and inviting environment. Asian cuisine is obviously my favourite type of food, it can be simple yet so flavoursome and delicious. I have lots of new ideas, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry
Vegetarian Thai Green Curry. Photos via Chi Kitchen

To book a table at Chi Kitchen Birmingham or London, visit

About Chi Kitchen

The brand Chi Kitchen was created after much thought. The word Chi in Chinese means energy. Our aim is to build a brand that is going to offer not only great food, but also provide good energy to Debenhams customers and also new customers that Chi Kitchen will attract. Chi Kitchen offers a relaxed and welcoming feel. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the open plan nature of the restaurant, invites guests to witness the chefs at work, as they freshly prepare the sushi, sashimi and charcoal grilled delights.

About Ping Coombes

Born and raised in the town of Ipoh in Malaysia, which is famous for its pomelo fruit, chicken noodles, nasi lemak and Ipoh white coffee, Ping grew up with amazing food around her and was inspired by her mother’s cookery. She began to inherit traditional skills, starting with the basics – how to hold the ‘wok chan’ (the ladle).

Perhaps most inspiring to Ping was her mother’s way of showing love and passion through cooking, something which is hugely important in Ping’s food ethos. Ping appears in The Good Food Channel’s John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure to be broadcast this year, and recently made videos for Video jug’s food channel Scoff.