Archives: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2016 (01-31 October 2016)
“Taste MIGF is an excellent concept. The Taste Tokens were a great idea to encourage people to sample the superb food offerings at such attractive prices; and having the Theatre of Cuisines situated next to the Gourmet Village was also a brilliant idea. I am looking forward to seeing this event grow over the coming years.”
YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar
Director, Syarikat Pesaka Antah Sdn Bhd
“In keeping with past festivals, this year’s MIGF introduces some exciting new restaurants, which broadens even further the choice of cuisines from all corners of the globe. This in turn consolidates MIGF as a magnet to food lovers – an important element 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)
“Having been involved with MIGF for many years now, I’ve seen the standard and variety of food improve year on year. The festival is a great way to introduce yourself to premiumquality food of cuisines you may not have tried before. I am proud to be part of this excellent celebration of food.”
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Chairman & CEO, Institute of Political and Economic Analysis
“Malaysians and food – good food – are inseparable. It’s part of our culture and over the past dozen years, MIGF has added a spectacular culinary dimension – a celebration of premier dining. This year promises an even greater variety of culinary choices, and I for one am looking forward to another fantastic food event.”

YM Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin
General Manager, Antah Bumimedic Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is a big draw for food tourists and enables them to taste the best premium dining Malaysia has to offer. I’m especially excited by the Classical Chefs theme, as you can expect great traditional food from all corners of the globe made amazingly affordable by the special Festival Menus.”

YBhg Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi
Chairman, Sungei Wang Plaza Sdn Bhd
“This year’s theme is very exciting and I look forward to the chefs producing high-quality, classical dishes that bring the various cuisines back to their traditional roots. This is what MIGF is all about, helping show that Malaysia’s premium dining is every bit as good as its peers around the world.”

YBhg Dato' Kok Wee Kiat
Capitaine Lieutenant of the Society of the Musketeers of Armagnac
“MIGF firmly gives travellers even more reason to come and experience our beautiful country, and also residents the chance to expand their culinary scope. Food lovers are certainly in for a special treat as the talented Classical Chefs pull out all the stops to deliver a special experience.”
YBhg Dato’ Farah Khan
Chairman, Melium Group
“I look forward to once again witnessing, and tasting, what the Master Chefs for MIGF have created. Last year, the bar was raised very high, so expect fantastic dining experiences in all the restaurants. I greatly enjoy fabulous food shared with friends; there is no greater pleasure on the planet.”
YBhg Datuk Dr Jagjit Singh Sambhi
Bailli Délégué de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
“As the premier food event in Malaysia, MIGF continues to evolve and get better and better each year. Visitors can expect to enjoy the wonderful local cuisine along with classical continental and pan- Asian dishes, at very affordable prices. If variety is the spice of life, then the festival has it by the bucketload!”
Dato' Jeremy Diamond
Governing Director, Jedecadi Sdn Bhd
”As a veteran food lover who has enjoyed MIGF’s offerings, I am very excited to be involved with the Festival for its twelfth year. There’s always such a great atmosphere at the Festival Restaurants, no doubt helped by fellow food lovers and imaginative menus put together by Malaysia’s top chefs. This year will be no different and I am looking forward to trying as many of the restaurants as I can!”
YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Khadar Merican
“MIGF has always been a great way for food lovers of all walks of life to access cutting-edge, creative cuisine that inspires and encourages people to further their own cooking at home. I am proud to be part of this landmark culinary event on the regional calendar and encourage everyone to get involved and be adventurous with your food.”
YBhg Datuk Redzuawan Ismail
Food Ambassador of Malaysia
“The Festival has never failed to impress me and it is very pleasing to see the fine-dining scene in Malaysia thriving, driven of course by MIGF. I look forward to seeing what the Master Chefs have created to keep their menus fresh, as well as what the newcomers can bring to the table.”
YBhg Datuk Mike Krishnan
Director, Carlsberg Brewery (M) Sdn Bhd
“Every year I look forward to October, simply because MIGF makes it so special! It is great to see people from all walks of life enjoying exquisite food, at reasonable prices. The festival is also a great showcase for Malaysia’s finest restaurants and hotels, showing off the beautiful locations in such an impressive manner.”
Che’ Puan Winnie Sophia Low
CEO, Low Keng Huat Brothers Realty Sdn Bhd
“Food has always been at the heart of what it is to be Malaysian and it is exciting to play a part in a celebration of the best premium cuisine our country can offer. In the 12 years of the Festival, the restaurants have delivered an exceptional gastronomic experience, raising the profile and standard of premium dining here and abroad. With exciting events and new restaurants, I expect this year to be the best MIGF yet.”
YBhg Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director, AsiaReach Events Sdn Bhd
“MIGF has fast become a standout milestone in the regional calendar, nothing short of Christmas or Hari Raya. It showcases the best cuisines found in Malaysia and highlights the capability of our restaurants to be on a par with their foreign counterparts, and this can only be beneficial to the industry as a whole as well as to diners.”
Mr David Teh
Past President, Malaysian Wine and Food Society
“The nation’s foremost premium dining event is back! MIGF never fails to deliver in enabling the Master Chefs from our finest restaurants develop cutting-edge and seriously delicious Festival Menus that simply blow the mind. I invite you to go on this culinary journey and discover the joys of Malaysia’s heavenly food.”
Tuan Haji Johari Abas
Director, Ikatan Keluarga
“Food lovers will once again flock to Malaysia this October to indulge in the best the country has to offer in terms of fine-dining and fantastic cuisine. MIGF is a proven tool that has raised awareness of the premium dining scene to locals, corporate and of course, tourists. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and superb quality of the Malaysian gastronomic landscape.”
Mr Ivor Nekvapil
Chairman & CEO, MIHR Consulting Sdn Bhd
“The Festival does an outstanding job of raising the profile of Malaysian premium dining. Consumers can see that alongside excellent street and hawker food in Malaysia, the premium dining scene is also as strong. This variety of cuisines and styles on offer in Malaysia makes it the centre for gastronomy in Southeast Asia, and this is perfectly demonstrated by MIGF. October is a time for good eating and good drinking. Make sure you don’t miss out on this epicurean extravaganza!”

Mr Nick Lough
Executive Director, Mediconsult Group
MIGF is about promoting everything great about Malaysian premium dining, as well as making the country a regional centre for gastronomic excellence. More importantly, it helps promote the chefs and staff of our fine restaurants, who are often the unsung heroes. I am looking forward to a classic culinary treat and great company this year.”

Mr Jeffrey Perera
Managing Director, e-Petrol Holdings Sdn Bhd
“A gourmet festival unlike any other, MIGF helps buoy tourism as well as increase Malaysia’s stature and reputation in premium dining. It really creates something world class that Malaysians should be proud to call their own, and with the introduction of Taste MIGF for 2012, this will undoubtedly be the best Festival yet.”
Mrs Joan Foo Mahony
Chairman & CEO, JF Publishing Sdn Bhd
“We are delighted to be part of MIGF for the fifth time. Being at the forefront of the industry, we feel that this is an excellent partnership, allowing our vast portfolio of brands to complement such an accomplished platform, and we look forward to elevating the F&B arena further.”
Mr Soren Ravn
Managing Director – Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad
“At MHTC our objective is to encourage people internationally to choose Malaysia as their preferred healthcare travel destination. And more and more of them are doing just that. State-of-theart facilities, highly trained specialists - mostly from the United Kingdom and the United States of America – plus quality care at affordable prices, are prime reasons why. Add a wonderful climate and environment that ensure enjoyable, relaxing recuperation, and the picture is complete. Naturally, premium quality food is also of vital importance, and so we are delighted to be associated with MIGF 2012, itself a global gourmet festival trend-setter.”
Dr Mary Wong
CEO, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
“MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH is delighted to be the Official Fruit Juices for MIGF 2012. For over 25 years, MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH has been a household name in Malaysia and known for its premium-quality fruit juices, and as such is proud to be associated with MIGF, one of the world’s outstanding gourmet food festivals.”
Mr S B Cheah
General Manager, Cotra Enterprises Sdn Bhd
“We are excited to once again be associated with MIGF, as it is an ideal opportunity for the nation’s leading premium dining establishments to go that extra mile, enticing consumers – local and global – with innovative menus and superb service. Here’s to another mouth-watering month of sensational food and an exciting Grand Finale.”
Mr Adron Leow
Assistant General Manager, Sunway Lagoon
“The Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre is delighted to be the venue sponsor for the MIGF Gala Launch and the inaugural preview event Taste MIGF. Malaysia’s most-anticipated gourmet festival brings together top restaurants and celebrated chefs to our facility, where innovation and progressive culinary techniques will convene. Our partnership with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival provides us with the chance to explore and expand our profile of events with new opportunities and synergies as a holistic venue provider.”

Mr John Autelitano
General Manager, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa – Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
“At Astro, we pride ourselves in bringing people together through the strength of powerful communication, while for MIGF – well, what stronger bond could there be between friends other than fine food, warm conversation and pleasant company? We are proud to be part of this classical occasion.”

Ybhg Dato’ Rohana Rozlan
CEO, Astro
“As media partners, we are delighted to be associated with MIGF, which has earned an international reputation. It is always gratifying to see fierce competitors put aside their battles and come together in a resplendent show of camaraderie, all with the single vision of raising the bar of premium dining in the country.”

Ms Rachel Yow
Managing Director, Vision Four Media Group
“The great bard wrote, ‘If music be the food of love, play on,’ and MIGF 2012’s Classical Chefs theme makes our partnership even stronger. great music and great food have always made for the perfect occasion and it is with great pride that we can claim to be partners of MIGF for over 10 years.”

YBhg Dato’ Borhanuddin Osman
Executive Director, Astro Radio Sdn Bhd
“I have witnessed MIGF mature and elevate Malaysia’s premium dining scene to even greater heights each and every year, making it every bit as good as any Western destination. Wonderful food and Malaysian hospitality; what more could anybody ask for? It is therefore a pleasure and pride that Seni Jaya can help publicise MIGF across the country. Here’s to Dato’ Steve and his team for yet another amazing Festival.”

YBhg Dato’ Eddie Teo
Executive Chairman, Seni Jaya Corporation Bhd
“As the region’s leading media for broadcasting unique varieties of food from across the world, we are thrilled to partner MIGF. This ever-popular event inspires us all with some truly wonderful creations, great food and even better experiences. The Festival and AFC share a genuine passion for food and people, and AFC helps to ensure these core values come together throughout October with wonderful creativity and imagination.”

Mr Hian Goh & Ms Maria Brown
Co-Managing Directors, Asian Food Channel
“The month-long MIGF provides local foodies and visitors to Malaysia the opportunity to enjoy the very best of the season. This year, the hotel’s ‘Trilogy of Tastes’ brings together distinct flavours from Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa’s New Orleans Bar & Grill with Continental brasserie-style cuisine, and a Cantonese Festival Menu at West Lake Garden Chinese Restaurant, while THE POMELO at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat embraces a focus on healthy and nourishing flavour, in a truly spectacular and natural ambience. We invite you to be part of our Trilogy of Tastes.”

Mr John Autelitano
General Manager, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa – New Orleans Bar & Grill and West Lake Garden Chinese Restaurant
“The Westin is very excited to be a part of this year’s MIGF and we have a fabulous lineup of Festival events organised. Festival diners will enjoy three very different gourmet experiences – classical Italian dining at Prego; traditional and innovative Chinese cuisine at Five Sen5es; and the best of Latin American-inspired food at Qba Latin Bar & Grill. Our chefs really have created a symphony of cuisines!”

Mr Hratch Khatchanian
General Manager, Westin Hotel Group – Prego, Five Sen5es and Qba Latin Bar & Grill
“Themed ‘Classical Chefs, this year’s MIGF promises to be an exciting symphony of inspiring cuisine. Joining forces with a lineup of top talents in the field of culinary arts this October, our Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel’s head chefs have crafted a delightful range of mesmerising flavours to thrill the taste buds of discerning Malaysian gourmands. What better way to showcase the country and tempt the world than through its multitude of delicious flavours?”

Mr Robert Frager
General Manager, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel – Dynasty and Sagano
“Genting has always been a strong supporter of MIGF, which is great for the country’s F&B industry. We are delighted to once again participate with our award-winning Olive and Imperial Rama restaurants. Furthermore, we will be showcasing a ‘Mountain of Food’ at the inaugural Taste MIGF preview event, which will give you an idea of what to expect up at Genting Highlands Resort. We look forward to welcoming you for a classical Festival experience at our Mountain of Food.”
Mr Edward Arthur Holloway
Senior Vice President - Hotel Operations, Genting Malaysia Berhad – The Olive and Imperial Rama
“We are looking forward to showcasing the excellent cuisine we have at our Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill restaurants and hearing the feedback from Festival patrons. It is great to see so many restaurants banding together in the spirit of friendly competition to deliver a fantastic celebration of gourmet food, all in the name of pushing Malaysian premium dining forward.”
Mr Frank Stocek
General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill
“Dining out during MIGF is always a special experience and I thoroughly look forward to seeing what the worldclass Master Chefs have prepared this year. Chef Filippo Giunta has prepared a great menu for his first Festival and he is very excited to show it off, especially to the public, during the inaugural Taste MIGF.”
Mr Ian Hurst
General Manager, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Senja
“The fresh and new ideas featured in MIGF 2012 has gotten all us at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur excited. Our team of chefs are geared up and ready for what would surely prove to be the event of the year, the Taste MIGF gourmet safari, which will certainly show our talents in the best possible light. We are also strengthening our dining incentives, which includes great giveaways, so don’t miss out.”
Mr Franz Swoboda
General Manager, The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas and L’Heritage
“The Emperor is proud and honoured to once again be a part of MIGF. A palace setting with food fit for royalty best describes the experience you will enjoy at our restaurant. We look forward to giving you a royal welcome during the Festival.”
Mr Alfred Paulsen
Director of Operations, Grand Dorsett Subang – The Emperor
“Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant is delighted to be part of the Festival for the second year running. It has been amazing to see the growth in the fine-dining sector over the last few years and MIGF has been the catalyst. I must say that this year’s theme is ideal for our restaurant, which prides itself on its range of classical Western cuisines. Festival diners are in for a real treat!”
Mr Mondi Mecja
General Manager, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant
“DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur is thrilled to be joining the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival for the second time. We are proud to be associated with this prestigious festival and we look forward to welcoming everyone to experience a true showcase of Malaysian dining at Makan Kitchen. Six authentic local cuisines over three interactive kitchens, it’s a melting pot as colourful as the country’s heritage.”
Mr Ian Barrow
General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Makan Kitchen
“MIGF is one of the most exciting events on the Malaysian food calendar. There is always a lot of fun to be had during the Festival and this is the perfect time to meet up with friends or reaffirm relationships over affordable yet stunning food. Kofuku means ‘double happiness’ and when it comes to classical Japanese cuisine, this is what we can assure all Festival diners!”
Encik Mohamad Halim Merican
General Manager, Seri Pacific Hotel - Kofuku Japanese Cuisine
“The Festival is a great platform for the country’s resident chefs to showcase their culinary creations to the world and create a positive image for ‘brand Malaysia’. When we opened Grill 582, there was no doubt that we wanted to be a part of MIGF. Grill 582 serves the very best of ‘surf and turf’ and our friendly team is waiting to welcome you during the Festival!”
Mr Karel Schrijvers
General Manager, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral – Grill 582
“In keeping with ‘A Trilogy of Tastes’, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat’s THE POMELO embraces wellness, deliciously healthy and refreshing ingredients. French chef Abdelhak Bourenane’s 20 years of culinary excellence come alive in his versatile cooking style; accentuating the taste of crisp, fresh vegetables and fruits as well as lean meat, poultry and seafood, with a careful selection of herbs and spices. We invite diners to travel, dine and stay at The Banjaran during this month-long Festival and gain a new appreciation and perspective for a healthy lifestyle.”
Ms Lybanor Godio
Resort Manager, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat – THE POMELO
“Al-Amar is participating in MIGF for the third successive year and at the same time we are introducing our exciting new venue, Circus. I’m confident that the Festival will once more be a winner. Not just for Al-Amar and Circus; not just for our KL confederates; but for the whole premium dining scene in the country. And the value goes beyond the Festival month – the PR and marketing elements generate and stimulate solid, year-round results.”
Mr Joseph Sabeh Afaki
Managing Director, Eatertainment Group – Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine and Circus
“The Festival is a great opportunity to showcase the cosmopolitan and diverse nature of Malaysia’s burgeoning food industry. MIGF gets more popular every year and this one looks to be the best yet. I am excited to showcase the great dishes The Restaurant has prepared and see some of the great local gourmet foods at Taste MIGF.”
Ms Coco Wen
Hotel Manager, The Club Saujana Resort – The Restaurant
“This is our second year with MIGF and I am confident that the Festival will continue to make Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie top of mind when people think of French cuisine. We won a lot of Awards in last year’s Festival and this reflects the heart and soul we always put in our creations. Festival diners, be prepared for a wonderful symphony!”
Ms Nathalie Arbefeuille
Executive Chef & Managing Director, Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
“MIGF is perfect for helping us bring classical Malay cuisine to the international palate. Our recipes at Enak KL are all handed down through generations and bring you authentic tastes that have developed over time immemorial. We are looking forward to working together with our peers in the industry to showcase Malaysia as a premier food destination.”
Ms Sherena Razaly
Director – Enak KL
“Ten Japanese Restaurant looks forward to being a part of the prestigious MIGF for the first time. Festival diners will find Ten – which translates to ‘heaven’ in Japanese – the ultimate place to enjoy sushi and to experience premium Japanese dining at its best.”
Mr Ichiro Suzuki
Director, Dream Spectra Sdn Bhd – Ten Japanese Fine Dining
“In KL when one mentions ‘Italian dining’, Nerovivo will certainly spring to mind. Nerovivo represents Italian cuisine at its best, and as such, we’re proud to be associated with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Visit us during MIGF. We promise you a truly classical symphony of food – one full of Italian zest and passion!”
Mr Giancarlo Francioso & Mr Sashi Kumar
Onwers, Nerovivo Group – Nerovivo
“We are very honoured to be involved in MIGF for the first time and to be the first restaurant to showcase classical Korean fine dining. Roughly translated, Onsemiro means ‘nature’ and Festival diners will see that we keep things simple and natural, letting herbs and spices do the talking. Both experienced and first-time Festival diners are in for a classical and friendly Korean experience.”
Ms Kelly Lee Ho Joung
General Manager, Ever Creations Sdn Bhd – Onsemiro