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MIGF Grand Finale
10 Magical Years of Fine Dining
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Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 30th October


The theme of Magical Chefs is truly embodied in the glittering light display


Welcome to the celebration of the year!

Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach was transformed into a tropical party heaven for one special night The Surf Beach was glowing in the shadow of the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa

 

Grand fireworks, a fabulous entrance by the VIPs in Maserati luxury cars, accompanied by all terrain vehicles (ATV) and rousing performances were preludes to the fantastic evening ahead as the sun dipped below the horizon and the month of October gradually began to slip away into the night. Over 2000 guests – a veritable who’s who of Malaysian society – gathered in their beachwear at the Surf Pool of Sunway Lagoon Water Park to celebrate the conclusion of the tenth year of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival.


The beach was alive with fire and music


YBhg Dato' Steve Day, YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, YAM Tunku Dato' Seri Utama Naquiyuddin ibni
Tuanku Ja'afar and Aaron Soo take to the stage to officially open the evening


Festival Advisory Committee Members celebrate with the Festival Chefs

It was a double-celebration – marking the closing of the Festival but also heralding the well-deserving Master Chefs and restaurants as the MIGF 2010 Awards were handed out in a fun and festive style, in the presence of the Festival’s Royal Patron, Tunku Laxamana Negeri Sembilan,YAM Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar and the Festival’s Guest of Honour, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, accompanied by Festival Organising Chairman, Dato’ Steve Day. The mood was perfectly set to celebrate the end of the country’s most fabulous fine dining event – the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival 2010.

The sky was lit up with a dazzling array of fireworks to get the party under way! The sky was lit up to mark the end of ten wonderful years of MIGF

 

Spectacular Finale
As the tenth anniversary of this incredible Festival, it was always going to be a celebration like no other. Festival Organising Chairman YBhg Dato’ Steve Day surprised everyone with a daredevil high wire entry as he zipped across the water on a flying fox trailing fire, before magically appearing on the stage to greet the assembled ‘gustatory gliteratti’ of Malaysia! The fantastic evening was then officially launched with a bang as the sky above the Sunway Lagoon Water Park lit up with a tumultuous display of fireworks as surfers and jet skiers zoomed into shore. On a stage linking two tropical offshore islands local ensemble, Asian Percussion captured the atmosphere with calypso and samba music. Screams of delight mingled with the fiery whizzes and explosions to ensure that this was an occasion that nobody would ever forget.


YBhg Dato' Steve Day, YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and YAM Tunku Dato' Seri Utama Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja'afar sample the delights on offer


A colourful array of Assam Laksa ingredients - care to taste

Mini Murtabak freshly prepared for the hungry guests The sizzling sounds of fresh fried rice was enough to make anyone salivate!

 

The guests gathered at the Surf Beach enjoyed browsing the food stalls, where a wide array of the best of Malaysian heritage food was sizzling and tantalizing the taste buds – a welcome night off from cooking for the gourmet Master Chefs! These local treats symbolized the passing of the baton from gourmet cuisine to the next phase of the Ministry of Tourism’s Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia initiative - the Malaysia ASEAN Food Heritage Trail.


Golden Cauldron Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant 2010 winner Senses and collected by Mr William Costley from Hilton KL


Chef Congeniality Award presented to Chef Anthony Edington

And while the guests were enjoying the various tastes of Malaysia, the Chefs and the restaurant teams were nervously awaiting the announcements of the award winners – the highlight of the evening. To the sound of the samba, YBhg Dato’ Steve Day led the Master Chefs across the water bridge from one of the islands on to a stage at the water’s edge. There, in a fun filled ceremony, the Royal Patron, Tunku Naquiyuddin and Guest of Honour, the Honourable Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen presented the coveted awards for 2010. The most-eagerly anticipated award of all, The Golden Cauldron Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant was snapped up by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Senses, while the Judge’s Choice for Best All-Round Cuisine went to High Tide and the People’s Choice for Best All-Round Cuisine went to Chynna. Festival first-timer Chef Anthony Edington gleefully picked up the Chef Congeniality Award, as voted by his fellow chefs.


YAM Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja'afar, YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and YBhg Dato' Steve Day

In an informal speech, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, stressed the importance of showing the world Malaysia’s fine dining capabilities: “Gourmet dining is just as important as showcasing Malaysia’s natural wonders,” she said. “The 2008 statistics from Tourism Malaysia show that out of RM49.5 billion Malaysia earned in tourist receipts, RM8.77 billion was derived from the food and beverage sector.” The Tourism Minister then led the crowd in a beaming rendition of “happy birthday” in honour of MIGF’s special tenth anniversary!

MIGF 2010, which ran throughout October is part of Tourism Malaysia’s Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia initiative and showcases the country’s rapidly developing fine dining scene. This historical year saw thirty restaurants offering special Festival menus to showcase the best creations of their Master Chefs. The Chefs, hailing from all corners of the globe, vied with each other to create the best dishes of the festival and offer them at special Festival prices.

Exotic dancers entrance the crowd The addictive beats from APU soon get the guests dancing on the sand


Guests were greeted by feathered and sequined faces

 

 

MIGF 2010 Awards
The most-eagerly anticipated award of all, The Golden Cauldron Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant was snapped up by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Senses.

A selection of the awards was voted for by a panel of judges made up of food experts and members of the Festival Advisory Committee. Winner of The Judges’ Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine award went to chic restaurant High Tide. Stylish European restaurant Lafite was crowned as The Judges’ Choice - Most Creative Menu, while having a new chef didn’t prevent the Mandarin Grill from winning The Judges’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine. Golden Cauldron Winner Senses also walked away with The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation Award.

Chalet’s Chef Anthony Edington was chosen by his fellow chefs as Chef Congeniality; while the Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch was judged to be The Pomelo from The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Awards were also voted for by attendees at the Festival Gala Launch. Hilton KL’s Chinese restaurant, Chynna won the award for The People’s Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine. Being all the way up in Genting Highlands didn’t prevent The Olive from impressing the voters and winning The People’s Choice - Most Creative Food Presentation, while Senses picked up yet another title as The People’s Choice - Most Innovative Cuisine Award winner.

The award for the Best Festival Offers, while restaurant Chalet at the Hotel Equatorial won two awards: the Best Marketed Restaurant Award and the Best Value Menu Award.

 

Golden Cauldron Award for the Best All-Round Restaurant 2010 winner Senses and collected by Mr William Costley from Hilton KL
The Judges' Choice - Best All-Round Cuisine winner High Tide The Judges' Choice - Most Innovative Cuisine winner Mandarin Grill
Mr William Costley collects the Judges' Choice - Most Creative Food Presentation for Senses  The Judges' Choice - Most Creative Menu winner Lafite
Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch winner The Banjaran - THE POMELO Chef Congeniality Award presented to Chef Anthony Edington 
The People's Choice - Best All-Round Cuisine winner Chynna The People's Choice - Most Innovative Cuisine is presented to Senses and collected by Mr William Costley GM of Hilton KL
The People's Choice - Most Creative Food Presentation winner The Olive Best Marketed Restaurant winner Chalet
Best Value Menu winner Chalet
Best Festival Offers winner Seasonal Tastes
 

Awards of Excellence
In each of the award categories there was an overall winner, as well as three Awards of Excellence. Lebanese fine dining restaurant Al-Amar received an impressive four Awards of Excellence for Best Festival Offers, Best Value Menu, Best Marketed Restaurant and Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch

European restaurant High Tide also picked up four Awards of Excellence for The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Menu, The Judges’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine, The People’s Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine and The People’s Choice – Best All Round Restaurant.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur picked up a basket of Awards of Excellence through its three restaurants: The hotel was given an Award of Excellence for Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch, while Senses collected three Awards of Excellence – The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Menu, The Judges’ Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine and The Peoples’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation and Chynna collected Awards of Excellence for The Peoples’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation and The Peoples’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine.

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur’s well known Lafite restaurant won Awards of Excellence in an impressive three categories - The Judges’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine, The Judges’ Choice – Best All Round Cuisine  and The Judges’ Choice - Best All Round Restaurant.

The Olive also picked up three Awards of Excellence for Best Marketed Restaurant, The People’s Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine and The Peoples’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine.

Tropical getaway Tamarind Springs won three Awards of Excellece: Most Creative Restaurant Station at the Gala Launch, The Peoples’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine and The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation.

First-time Festival entry, Mandarin Grill won Awards of Excellence for The Judges’ Choice – Best All-Round Cuisine and Judges’ Choice - Best All Round Restaurant.

Chalet and THE POMELO were awarded excellence for the Best Festival Offers and The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation, while Sagano and Vansh were recognized for the Best Value Menu. Zing was deemed excellent for Best Marketed Restaurant, while Villa Danieli was mentioned for The Peoples’ Choice – Most Creative Food Presentation and The Peoples’ Choice – Best All Round Cuisine.

L’Heritage won an Award of Excellence for The Judges’ Choice – Most Creative Menu while The Restaurant won one for The Judges’ Choice – Most Innovative Cuisine.