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About Recess Time

Food waste is one of the biggest waste streams in Singapore and makes up 10 percent of total waste generated. This issue is compounded by the fact that Singapore imports almost 90% of our food.

Recess Time by Practice Tuckshop is an “ugly produce” lunch party at the heart of the Singapore arts district. It is a long-running participatory work that stages a social event, i.e. lunch, as the site for performance and engagement. Serving up over 2,000 meals over five years, this programme combines the art of cooking, making conversations, and storytelling into a single encounter.

Invited home cooks and professional chefs, known as “Makan Masters”, go on veggie rescue missions in their local communities to salvage unwanted or ugly produce. They then incorporate the rescued produce in a 3-course menu of their choosing.

Recess Time conversations are also documented using an auto-ethnographic approach by a floating interviewer, known as the “Kaypoh (Busybody) Queen/King”. Stories from the participants are then recorded inside the Recess Journal, which also contain messages from past chefs, photos and food-waste friendly recipes.


Recess Time has been featured on various platforms including A-List, Alvinology, Social Space Mag, and 0 (Zero), a Viddsee documentary series highlighting sustainability initiatives in Singapore. In 2021, Recess Time was included in The Social Art Award 2021-New Greening, organised by The Institute for Art and Innovation (Berlin). It also received an Honourable Mention in Art Partner’s #CreateCOP27, held in conjunction with the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Recess Time 2023 Dates:

It is all about food culture here in Singapore. So one day, It just hit me that the art-makers around me are also wonderful chefs. And a lot of chefs create art with their food. Then I thought, why not marry the two by combining their artistry with their passion for cooking? Meanwhile, the good ol’ cliche of being a ‘starving artist’ is a reminder that there should be avenues for healthy and affordable meals for the community around us. Lastly, Practice is a family and families often express care and concern by first asking: Have you eaten? Thus, Recess Time was born – here at our Practice home!

– Ang Xiao Ting, Practice Tuckshop Programmer

Past Events

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Makan Masters 2018

Ang Xiao Ting, Steph Chan, Jeremy Cheok, Cecilia Chow, FERRY, Kuo Jian Hong, Rena Lew, Sim Xin Yi, Soo Keyan Peh, Fervyn Kate Tan

Makan Masters 2019

Ang Xiao Ting, Annabelle Aw, Mazlan Boyamin, Cavan Chang, Joey Cheng, Leslie Choo, Cecilia Chow, Chelsea Chua, Michelle Er, Edric Hsu, Imran Kidd, Priscill Koh, Kuo Jian Hong, Aunty Leng Leng, Natalie Lim, Trudy Loh, Millie Phuah, Ng Kok Liong, Sim Xin Yi, Fervyn Kate Tan, Michelle Tan

Makan Masters 2020

Ang Xiao Ting, Zoea Tania Chen, Joey Cheng, Anna Guo, Megan Hon, Imran Kidd, Priscill Koh, Sim Xin Yi

Makan Masters 2021

Ang Xiao Ting, Mazlan Boyamin, Joey Cheng, Megan Hon, Edric Hsu, Imran Kidd, Practice Communications and Partnerships Team, Priscill Koh, Sim Xin Yi, Tan Geok Kuan, Max Tan, Jasmine Xie

Recess Journal