The Malaysian International Gourmet Festival ended with a party abounding with food, music, dance, drinks and lots of cheeky fun. Dato Steve Day made his own very special Gangnam Style entrance, which turned out to be a huge crowd pleaser. Later on in the evening this year's taste pleasers were announced... The event's press team though have wrapped it up all so eloquently, so here I insert their words below:
"The month-long premium dining extravaganza culminated in a Grand Finale held at Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach. Hundreds of distinguished guests and media turned up in their beachwear to celebrate the occasion along with the 28 Festival Master Chefs. While an endless free flow of beverages kept the crowd animated, an array of food stations resembling hawker stalls dished out succulent local favourites like Curry Laksa, Char Kuay Teow, Kajang Satay, Yong Tau Foo, Mee Rebus and Rojak Pasembor. The climax of the evening was the awards ceremony, where 144 of the gold and silver chef statues were bestowed on the Master Chefs. The evening’s entertainment included fire-eaters, dancers; British boy band, The London Boys; and the Alma Latina band that elevated the already titillating atmosphere with fast rhythms, smooth beats, and vigorous dances, with the crowd joining in on some of the dance action.
Finally, the proceedings moved to The Lighthouse where late night snacks and a DJ kept the party pulsating until the wee hours of the morning, bringing to a close the 12th incarnation of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival."
And the winners are... again, straight from the talented press team who have so articulately captured the night.
"The Hills Are ‘Olive’ With The Sound Of Success
Maxims Genting’s The Olive devoured the competition by scooping top honours at the 12th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF).
Sunway Lagoon, 5th November – Gold became The Olive’s ‘new colour’ after it clinched the Golden Cauldron by winning the Best All-round Restaurant title at the Grand Finale of the 12th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. It was one of a ‘buffet’ of awards gobbled up by the Western Continental fine-dining establishment, including in the Chef Congeniality category – snagged, for the second consecutive time, by its highly-charismatic Master Chef (considered quite a ‘dish’ by the ladies), Daniel Sheen. Bagging a heartburn-inducing 8 awards for the evening, The Olive’s other accolades include: Judges’ Choice of Most Outstanding Cuisine at the Gala Launch; Fine Dining Awards’ Most Outstanding Main Course; and Judges’ Choice for Best Marketed Restaurant. Brandishing the monumental Golden Cauldron trophy – to exuberant cheers and jubilant applause by his palate-pleased patrons – the fiery-clad Chef Sheen, flanked by his virtuoso team and beaming representatives of Maxims Genting, stood tall as testament to the sizzling, world-class level of Malaysia’s flavourful fine-dining scene."
(I was lucky enough to sample The Olive's MIGF menu so you can read my review here. But.. back to some more borrowed words from the press team...)
"Also high in the esteem of gourmands were the 27 other participating restaurants, whose superlative teams, sensational settings and sinfully-exquisite fare created inimitable fine-dining experiences worthy of MIGF’s other special statuettes. Like The Olive, several restaurants raked in multiple awards – among them, Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie (Peoples’ Choice for Most Outstanding Cuisine at the Gala Launch; Judges’ Choice for Most Creative Festival Menu; Fine Cuisine Awards for Most Outstanding Starter) and Imperial Rama (Judges’ Choice for Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch; Judges’ Choice for Best Marketed Restaurant; Festival Diners’ Awards for Most Outstanding Cuisine; and Fine Cuisine Awards Most Outstanding Appetiser.) Fellow MIGF winners in the 27 award categories included The Westin KL’s Five Sen5es, Qba and Prego; Makan Kitchen, L’Heritage, The Pomelo, West Lake Garden, Dynasty, Grill 582 and New Orleans Bar and; Grill. A special, cherry-on-top achievement was attained by The Sunway Group upon being awarded the prestigious Outstanding Festival Achievement Award."
|Handsome guests enjoying a bite before some dancing ;-)|
To see more photos from the event and bookmark the site for next year's festival, check out www.migf.com