Archives: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2016 (01-31 October 2016)
“Where do I start when talking about what benefits MIGF brings? Personally, I like the fact that the Festival not only gives exposure to the restaurants, but also the chefs, and that it provides information and recommendations on the restaurants. Further, it promotes and creates awareness that Malaysia is a place for fine and sophisticated dining, and allows the restaurants to be more competitive, especially in the sense that individual restaurants can participate together with those linked to hotels.”
YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar
Director, Syarikat Pesaka Antah Sdn Bhd
“There are newcomers in the festival and together with my favourite restaurants, this promises to be a month of feasting. MIGF helps to position Malaysia as a world-class destination for fine dining, which is important in attracting tourists, investors and those planning to make Malaysia their second home.”
YAM Tunku Dato’ Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah
Past President, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)
“The Festival is a splendid excuse to indulge in the best of gourmet experiences. This year’s festival will be more glamorous, competitive and successful than before, thanks to the organisers, chefs and sponsors, and I am pleased to be part of it again. I am looking forward to a fantastic event!”

YM Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin
General Manager, Antah Bumimedic Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is the time when chefs excel, because they know they are under their patrons’ microscope. I look forward to great food cooked and paired with appropriate wines. At MIGF, restaurants in Malaysia can show that they are as good as their peers elsewhere in the world.”

YBhg Dato' Kok Wee Kiat
Capitaine Lieutenant of the Society of the Musketeers of Armagnac
“The Festival encourages creativity, which is evident in the variety of food on the menus each year. I enjoy the refreshing company and wonderful fare each year, and it’s been an inspiring effort by the team as well as for the consumers to see the variety of cuisine we have in this country!”
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Chairman & CEO, Institute of Political and Economic Analysis
“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has grown from year to year and is the most exciting platform for the best gourmet chefs in Malaysia to show their skills. It also offers a pleasurable and rare opportunity for diners to partake in such an auspicious and fantastic experience. I always find myself sated and happy after a Festive Meal, and this is the best kind of feeling, especially when shared with close friends. I would recommend this pursuit of happiness to anyone!”
YBhg Datuk Dr Jagjit Singh Sambhi
Bailli Délégué de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
“An imaginative and expertly managed cuisine festival for all to delight in, I enjoy the wide range of cuisine on offer at the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Tourists and locals alike can try various Festival Menus at very attractive prices, and savour the new food creations that the Chefs are going to offer us. MIGF gives visitors exposure to Malaysia, and this is always welcome from the tourism and business perspective. If they are considering a location for a conference, MIGF shows them the wide range of cuisine that is on offer at very competitive and attractive prices.”
Dato' Jeremy Diamond
Governing Director, Jedecadi Sdn Bhd
“October has been a special month since MIGF first hit the city, and thus placing Malaysia firmly on the world’s fine-dining map. It gives travellers another reason to come here, and residents the chance to expand their culinary scope. Foodies are certainly in for a special treat.”
YBhg Dato’ Farah Khan
Chairman, Melium Group
“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival offers a month during which discerning diners are spoilt for choice and tourists can enjoy an inexpensive way to try world-class cuisine. This Festival also puts Malaysia in a sophisticated light.”
YBhg Datuk Mike Krishnan
Director, Carlsberg Brewery (M) Sdn Bhd
“October is going to be a delicious month in KL! The festival is a great way to sample the imaginative cuisines on offer and also to simply enjoy the company of good people in great surroundings. I am proud to be part of this landmark event in the local calendar.”
YBhg Datuk Redzuawan Ismail
Food Ambassador of Malaysia
“MIGF has raised Malaysia’s profile among food lovers. More food tourists are coming here and MIGF allows them to sample the best of what Malaysia has to offer. I am looking forward to going round to each restaurant, seeing with the eyes and nose all that is on offer.”

YBhg Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi
Chairman, Sungei Wang Plaza Sdn Bhd
“It is exciting to play a part in organising MIGF to showcase Malaysian fine dining. With world-class chefs, the range and variety of specially prepared Festival Menus is sure to delight and impress. Now in its 11th year, MIGF keeps Malaysia in the world’s spotlight.”
YBhg Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director, AsiaReach Events Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is the region’s premier ‘Gastronomic Event’ that lures foreign foodies and tourists to our shores. The Festival’s promotional prices also benefit operators and organisers, who are able to include fine-dining experiences in their packages.”
Che’ Puan Winnie Sophia Low
CEO, Low Keng Huat Brothers Realty Sdn Bhd
“Every year, there are more surprises and every year, there are more offerings. For this year too, I am looking forward to more events and new milestones. Dato’ Steve Day always manages to pull a rabbit out of the hat and to this end, I expect more surprises and more happenings. MIGF has become a landmark in the KL calendar, like Christmas or Hari Raya.”
Mr David Teh
Past President, Malaysian Wine and Food Society
“Good eating and drinking helps keep the soul and body happy and in harmony, and this monthlong Festival promises to play its part to delight diners. Look out for some of the best culinary creations set into special Festive Menus and offered at the most competitive prices. To all food lovers, have a wonderful dining experience throughout Malaysia this October. I know I definitely will.”
Tuan Haji Johari Abas
Director, Ikatan Keluarga
“I like the seasonal concept of MIGF. I always look forward to it as a great occasion to get together with other diners and have a good time while enjoying good food at a fair price. MIGF is a great way of letting local corporates and people living in Malaysia be more informed about fine dining. I think MIGF is a prestigious event that must continue; hopefully it will attract as many people as it can.”
Mr Ivor Nekvapil
Chairman & CEO, MIHR Consulting Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is about enjoying great food with some great company, in restaurants with great ambience. I love the opportunity to savour local cuisine in finedining style, and this has very clearly helped drive tourism in Malaysia and make the country the regional centre for fine dining. The Festival is also a revenue generator for the participants.”

Mr Jeffrey Perera
Managing Director, e-Petrol Holdings Sdn Bhd
“The Festival heightens Malaysia’s profile, and the fact that the country isn’t just about local food – it offers good continental, fusion fine dining. MIGF gives tourists a bearing that Malaysia has some of the most exquisite fine dining, as well as the biggest variety of Asian food in one country, something you will not find elsewhere in the region.”

Mr Nick Lough
Executive Director, Mediconsult Group
“MIGF is a gourmet festival unlike any other because of the very personal touch given to it. Thanks to the creativity, imagination and incredible hard work of Steve and Su Day, the Festival has grown from strength to strength. MIGF helps tourism in general, as it increases Malaysia’s stature in gourmet fine dining. It also helps raise awareness among the public of a cosmopolitan and more sophisticated dining experience for Malaysians.”
Ms Joan Foo Mahony
“Once again, FUJIFILM is pleased to be a partner at MIGF 2011 by capturing and printing your fun times for you. We will deliver lasting memories, as you delight in fine cuisine amid cozy company and great ambience.”
Mr Paul Ho
Executive Director – FUJIFILM Malaysia
“MIGF brings to the forefront the most skillful chefs in the business and for one month, epicurean experiences of the finest order are available at very special prices. As the official beer, we are delighted to be associated with the Festival, which has become internationally famous and which the country can be truly proud of.”
Mr Soren Ravn
Managing Director – Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad
“MIGF is an esteemed platform for the creativity of the country’s food, beverage and hospitality industries to be showcased at their highest levels. It is an opportunity for participants to go the extra mile, to offer perennial favourites or contemporary presentations alike, that come together to enhance Malaysia’s reputation as a gastronomic paradise.”

Mr John Autelitano
General Manager – Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
“MIGF is a must on the calendars of connoisseurs of great food, wine, good music and good company. It will be exciting to see what kind of surprises Dato’ Steve has in store for the events, and one thing is for sure – expectations will be far exceeded and no stone will be left unturned. Here’s to a glamorous month of great food. Salut!”
Mr Aaron Soo
CEO - Sunway Lagoon
“We are delighted to be participating as the Mid-Festival venue sponsor of the coveted MIGF. It is only fitting that one of the hippest food festivals in the world should be held at the most happening club in the country and EUPHORIA is proud to showcase the best in fashion and food at this year’s Style Rocks event.”
Mr Jimmy Lee
Marketing and Promotions Manager – EUPHORIA by Ministry of Sound Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
“MIGF is undoubtedly great for Malaysia, as it inspires young chefs and entrepreneurs to join the business and be part of an ever-growing tourism industry, where people from all over the world can enjoy the best value-formoney dining experiences. As for me, personally, I love MIGF’s dining options that always live up to expectations and being able to see the creativity of our culinary community. There is always something new to look forward to. Indeed, MIGF could also stand for ‘Malaysia Is Great Food’!”
Mr Edward Arthur Holloway
Senior Vice President - Hotel Operations, Genting Malaysia Berhad – The Olive and Imperial Rama
“MIGF is a fantastic platform for our best chefs to highlight their culinary skills, and this year, our two head chefs will showcase their inspiring signature menus. MIGF has effectively placed Malaysia as a top gastronomic destination in line with Tourism Malaysia’s vision of making food tourism one of Malaysia’s exports and success stories. The Festival is a spectacular gourmet showcase.”
Mr Robert Frager
General Manager, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel – Sagano and Dynasty
“I’m looking forward to seeing what the other participating restaurants have to offer and also hearing the feedback from Festival goers. This is the one month in the year when many restaurants in town look forward to showcasing the best they have to offer with a bit of healthy competition, all in the name of gastronomy.”
Mr Pierre J Barthes
General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill
“This will be my first MIGF experience, so I am looking forward to being part of this iconic culinary event. Last year, Hilton KL won the top prize, ‘The Golden Cauldron’, for the best all-round restaurant and another three awards in the judges and people’s choice categories for our finedining restaurants. MIGF is one of the most exciting events on the Malaysian gourmet calendar.”
Mr Daniel Welk
General Manager, Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Chynna and Iketeru
“Last year’s MIGF experience was very good and this year we want to do more. It’s a good occasion to attract people and we do hope we get more people coming into our restaurants. We offer only the best quality and our menus are well balanced. We will work hard for MIGF this year and look forward to great results.”
Mr Franz Swoboda
General Manager, The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas and L’Heritage
“The exclusive menus on offer, the outstanding décor in the various events surrounding the Festival and the rooms and F&B packages specially priced during MIGF all serve as a great way to experience the finer side of dining in Malaysia today. We are proud to be part of an event that exposes the different cultures in a fusion of fresh, innovative culinary creations.”
Mr Lothar W Nessmann
Vice-President and General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Lafite
“MIGF brings together the crème de la crème of society and worldclass chefs offering the best of true fine dining throughout the country. It is my pleasure to say we are thrilled and excited to only offer our best. Senja’s Italian Chef Giovanni Ricci has prepared a wonderful spread for this event and is looking forward to all the excitement that is sure to come from this brilliant culinary event.”
Mr Ian Hurst
General Manager, The Saujana Kuala Lumpur The Restaurant
“MIGF has created an enormous impact, be it for the discerning consumer or the ever-eager professional of the hospitality industry. Most importantly, it has created a fantastic challenge for the dedicated and passionate craftsman and artists, ‘the Chefs’. One can see at the Grand Opening to what extent restaurants and hotels work towards showcasing their sumptuous creations.”
Mr Leo Kuscher
General Manager, Grand Dorsett Subang – The Emperor
“Every year, the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival just gets better and better. I am delighted to take part once again in this world-class event and I am sure this year, MIGF will be as great as the previous years. This year, we have many good surprises at Chalet for MIGF patrons. We promise you a special and unforgettable fine-dining experience.”
Mr Alan Ong
Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur – Chalet
“MIGF is a great culinary platform that Malaysia really needs. It is an extremely good opportunity for Lai Ching Yuen and other participating restaurants to showcase what we can offer in terms of fine-dining experiences. Being part of MIGF benefits everyone. In the end, it is not about winning or losing; it’s about the importance and awareness of fine dining in raising lifestyles and standards.”
Mr Melvin Lim
General Manager, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur – Lai Ching Yuen
“We are proud to once again be a part of this gastronomic festival, and we mark our ninth consecutive year with MIGF with great pride. It has been a great pleasure to feed MIGF diners with the best creations from our chefs, and we hope to continue dazzling them. This year, we are thrilled to showcase our latest menus from both NEO Tamarind and Tamarind Springs and for the first time, we are able to offer overnight sensations at our latest retreat, Villa Samadhi.”
Mr Federico Asaro
Managing Director, Samadhi Retreats Sdn Bhd – NEO Tamarind and Tamarind Springs
“Food is a hot topic in Malaysia, and MIGF is the perfect platform to showcase the spirit of unity in the country’s cuisines. I am looking forward to seeing the creativity and diversity from the country’s most talented chefs in this celebration of food that unifies the country as 1Malaysia.”
Mr Philip Ommen
General Manager, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur – Tatsu Japanese Restaurant
“I hope many more restaurants, those that belong to hotels as well as independents, join MIGF, as it is a great opportunity for people to discover fine-dining venues right here in Malaysia. MIGF is also very beneficial for the industry. In the end, Malaysia is able to rival any other venue when it comes to fine dining.”
Mr Adrian Chung
General Manager, Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur – Samplings on the Fourteen
“MIGF is not about competing; rather, it is an interesting event that stimulates us to be creative with our menus. It is also a way to set new dining trends and an opportunity for professionals to rediscover themselves and to share information.”
Mr Olivier Robinet
Director of Operations, Sunway International Hotels & Resorts – The Pomelo @ The Banjaran Hotsprings and Retreat
“MIGF is the platform for the industry’s best to compete and challenge themselves to achieve greater heights and to exceed the insatiable demands of their audiences. Al-Amar has participated twice before in MIGF, and it has proven to deliver value that goes beyond competitive culinary aspects, offering participating restaurants extended PR and marketing as well as enough hype to generate interest all-year round.”
Mr Joseph Sabeh Afaki
Director, Al-Amar Labanese Cuisine Sdn Bhd – Al-Amar
“This is a festival of culture that is shared through a universal language – food. Not only is it the perfect avenue to showcase new talents in the F&B industry, it also rewards food enthusiasts with new and exciting flavours. MIGF has successfully developed itself into an icon that represents Malaysian talents and Malaysian restaurants of international standards. The Festival has gained much popularity over the years and is an eye-opener to visitors from other countries, to see that Malaysia is very diverse in food and culture.”
Mr Robert John Bird
General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club – Flame
“I am really looking forward to experiencing the Festival in all its many forms. I believe it will bring The Gourmet Studio, being a newly opened restaurant, the exposure we are looking for and also attract a host of new customers who may not have heard about us otherwise. MIGF is a great opportunity for something positive to happen in our scene.”
Ms Nathalie Arbefeuille
Head Chef and Director – Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
“Food is one of the pleasures of life and MIGF brings this to a new level with fine-dining opportunities at the country’s top restaurants. Nerovivo is delighted to be a part of MIGF, as we champion unpretentious fine dining in vibrant surroundings, and it allows us to show our cuisine, presentation and service style.”
Mr Roberto Pettinau
F&B Director, The Island Group Hospitality – Nerovivo
“To me, MIGF is a great event for showcasing restaurants to the world. MIGF also promotes top restaurants in Malaysia. The Festival is a very successful event that introduces all kinds of cuisines from different cultures to the world.”
Mr Nantha Kumaar
Operations Manager, Spice International Group Bhd – Royal India
“Our team led by Chef Alexander Waschl has been enthusiastic about putting their heart and soul into the food they are going to offer, and they’ve almost been having sleepless nights about it. I am also breathless with anticipation to see different hotels and chefs putting aside competition and coming together as one to offer their best in terms of skills and arts in the name of gastronomy. This is not something you can easily find elsewhere, and this is what makes the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival truly outstanding.”
Mr Pat Phanekham
Hotel Manager, The Club at Saujana Resort – The Restaurant