Saturday, 1 June 2013

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Polly Szantor shares words and images from the official opening of Starhill Culinary Studio.

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Master Chef Wai (centre) and the other chefs at Starhill Culinary Studio 

The launch of Starhill Culinary Studio was as cultured and refined as one would expect from the YTL Corporation.  The event began at Shook! in the beautiful central courtyard of Starhill Gallery.  Mr Jeremiah Tan, the Director of the new Culinary Studio, introduced a bevy of chefs, headed by the charismatic Master Chef Wai.  Together, these wizards of the kitchen will create unique recipes for the culinary classes, dishes which may appear later in one of Starhill’s many restaurants.  Mr. Tan pointed out that Starhill Gallery is already recognised as one of the world’s premier shopping destinations, so adding a first class culinary arts studio will only enhance its prestige.

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Chef Wai in action
From the Feast floor we were whisked up to Muse floor to experience the studio for ourselves.  With 12,000 sq. ft. dedicated to the Culinary Studio, everything in this spacious venue feels bright and airy.  There are several state-of-the-art kitchens, including areas for dining, pastry and baking and everything is beautifully designed to provide the optimal learning experience.
Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Check here for extra-special cooking instruction
Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
My very own prawn!
Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Wonderfully fresh sashimi

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Who could resist?
In Wai’s Kitchen, a special area with seating, I donned a chef’s hat and apron and after watching Chef Wai demonstrate how it should be done, I was ready to try my hand at battering and deep-frying a butterflied prawn.  It worked beautifully, though it’s lucky that I was able to handle the extra-long chopsticks without making a fool of myself.  I’m sure tongs would have been provided if necessary.  Beside me, another chef was demonstrating the precision needed for cutting sashimi and how to form sushi.  I was offered a turn, but I was eager to move on and discover more of the studio’s secrets.

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
State of the art kitchen facilities
Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Dim Sum choices

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Making prawn and chicken dumplings
The Dining Studio is impressive with alternating rows of stainless steel workspaces and cooking areas, including a line of hot woks for stir-frying.  In addition to Chinese fast-cooking techniques, you can learn how to make Dim Sum, Japanese Meals and Bento Boxes, Local Hawker Food, Malay and Nonya Cuisine and Western/Fusion dishes. Various chefs were demonstrating and inviting members of the media to have a go, and everyone was busy assembling delectable finger food.

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Would you like to learn to make these?
Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Rendang and Sticky Rice - yum!


Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Yes I can!

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Yes, I REALLY can!

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
These are also an option
The Baking and Pastry Studio was equally beguiling.  Once again there were several chefs on hand, creating tempting, sweet bites and encouraging participation.  I was happy to sip my Chardonnay, nibble and observe.  I didn’t visit the Wine Studio, but here they hope to banish popular wine myths and share information, using wine from the cellars of Shook!, which holds the largest collection of vintage wines in Malaysia. (Yes, I'm putting my name on the waiting list!)

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Chef Danny, a fun fella!

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
One of my favourites... lemon meringue pies, just the right size! 

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Chef Ivy's cream puffs were to die for.  Don't know which fillings I prefer, coffee or blackcurrant.  One thing for sure, I love chocolate on the top!

Starhill Culinary Studio, Starhill Gallery, Bukit BIntang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cooking Classes, YTL, Gourmet cooking experience
Serious young chef and many more to come at Starhill Culinary Studio!
Classes are offered daily, and will take place even if there’s only one participant.  There’s a complete listing at www.starhillculinarystudio.com  In addition to private classes, there are options for Junior Chefs (i.e. kid’s classes), Corporate Team-Building and Events and Parties.  Classes are priced at RM188 nett per person, and must be booked at least 3 days in advance with a 50% deposit required.  In addition to instruction and a hands-on cooking session, lunch or afternoon tea will be served, and participants will receive a special goodie bag with an apron and notebook, etc.

Reason to Visit:  For the opportunity to develop your gourmet culinary skills in a 5-star kitchen with personable, inspiring chefs – and to have fun too!

Starhill Culinary Studio
Starhill Gallery Muse Floor
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2782-3810
facebook.com/starhillculinarystudio.com

5 comments:

  1. Chef are like artist and celebrities !

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  2. Gosh!!! That must have been an awesome experience - rubbing shoulders with the best of the best!

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  3. Like people say, you learn from the best. =D

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  4. I have to admit I could not resist.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  5. I love such hands on experience:D

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