Archives: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2016 (01-31 October 2016)
“MIGF is a fantastic platform for local restaurants and chefs to not only gain local and international exposure of their brand but also to boost their own profiles. Throughout the many years I have been involved, I witnessed many returning restaurants, a testament to the effective marketing tool that MIGF has become.“
YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar
Director, Syarikat Pesaka Antah Sdn Bhd
“The Festival is always a superb excuse to indulge in the finer things in life. I loved Taste MIGF last year and am very much looking forward to experiencing and sampling all the Festival restaurant cuisines over the two days this year. Indeed, MIGF looks bigger and better than ever and I am very pleased to be involved once again”.

YM Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin
General Manager, Antah Bumimedic Sdn Bhd
“MIGF and Taste MIGF have definitely been good for the restaurant/F&B business in Malaysia. While more visitors will be expected this year, we should also be happy that more restaurants and outlets are participating. It is just a fun event for everyone.”
YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Khadar Merican
Chairman, RHB Capital Berhad
“I look forward to MIGF2013 and Taste MIGF every year! This year’s “Cool Chefs” can be expected to offer some ‘hot’ creations to satisfy all food enthusiasts. The entry of a number of stand-alone restaurants will I’m sure offer a variety which would enhance the already formidable menus offered during the Festival.”
YBhg Datuk Mike Krishnan
Director, Carlsberg Brewery (M) Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is a wonderful tool to showcase Malaysia as a true gastronomic destination where one can have the opportunity of tasting the best cuisines, whether they be fine dining or otherwise, that this country has to offer. And I am eagerly looking forward to Taste MIGF and indulging all my senses once again in the stunning world cuisines prepared by the Festival chefs.”

YBhg Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi
Chairman, Sungei Wang Plaza Sdn Bhd
“MIGF has firmly established itself as the premier fine food event in Malaysia and indeed the region. Both tourists and locals can sample the Festival menus, all at very attractive prices, that are created by a stellar cast of local and international chefs. I have seen the Festival evolve and grow each year, and 2013 promises to be the coolest yet!”
Dato' Jeremy Diamond
Governing Director, Jedecadi Sdn Bhd
“I think this year’s theme, “Cool Chefs: Cooking With Atutude”, is wholly appropriate. It is obvious that up and coming Celebrity Chefs on the global stage are enjoying a new found success that is centered around a brave new approach to cooking. I believe that cooking today is going through the same revolution that industrial design went through in the 60s & 70s. The traditional boundaries have been broken – today there are no boundaries – we have chefs who blur the boundaries of the occidental, oriental, Middle Eastern and sub-Saharan kitchens that are creating a revolution in taste – to me this has created chefs that are relaxed and cook with passion and attitude.”

Mr Nick Lough
Director, Mediconsult Group
“MIGF never ceases to surprise me each year, and the offerings keep getting better and better. It showcases the best cuisines available in Malaysia and highlights the world-class capability of our best restaurants and their remarkable chefs. MIGF has become a landmark in the Malaysia calendar, much like Christmas, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya.”
Mr David Teh
Past President, Malaysian Wine and Food Society
“Cool Chefs is a very fine theme this year! A good Chef needs to be cool in a hot kitchen; with the right attitude, great dishes can be expected. I anticipate Taste MIGF come September to be a long, gluttonous, memorable weekend and I would like to see courageous innovation with local ingredients from the new standalone restaurants.”

YBhg Dato' Kok Wee Kiat
Capitaine Lieutenant of the Society of the Musketeers of Armagnac
“This year’s theme reiterates what is probably very important for every chef – to keep his or her cool in the kitchen! I have no doubt that the Cool Chefs of 2013 are not just cool in the kitchen, they are every bit the epitomy of “cool”. As an unabashed fine dining foodie, I am delighted that at our own Malaysian backyard, we have such good and yes, cool chefs. Our Malaysian chefs have not only the talent; they have the pizzazz, the élan and the style to bring the east and the west together with the fine and delectable array of good food. I look forward very much to this year’s MIGF, especially with the new entries – the stand alone restaurants ranging from Malaysian and Asian cuisine to European. Taste MIGF is now very popular and is a perfect prelude to the big event as it nicely brings and makes the festival available yet again to more people.”
Mrs Joan Foo Mahony
Chairman & CEO, JF Publishing Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is a wonderful opportunity to indulge in the best of what our finest restaurants have to offer. This year’s Festival will be even bigger and better than before, and it is going to be very cool, as this year’s theme suggests. I am very pleased to be part of this event and very much looking forward to it.”
Dr Beh Chor Kim
Senior Medical Consultant, Heartscan Malaysia
“MIGF has always been a great source of inspiration for people from all walks of life who want to further their own cooking at home, aspire to get into the food and beverage business or just love beautifully prepared food. I am proud to be involved with the Festival and am looking forward to meeting my fellow food lovers again at both the Festival itself and Taste MIGF.”
YBhg Datuk Redzuawan Ismail
Food Ambassador of Malaysia
“There is an exciting array of newcomers to the Festival this year and, together with my favourite veteran MIGF restaurants, they will make October a fabulous month of feasting. MIGF always raises the bar each year for Malaysian premium dining, showcasing the restaurants not only to locals, but also providing a vital tool for attracting tourists and investors to our country.”
YAM Tunku Dato’ Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah
Past President, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)
“MIGF is about enjoying great food with great company, in great ambience. It is also about expanding the premium dining scene to more Malaysians and visiting tourists, and strengthening the fact that Malaysia offers the best gastronomic experiences in the region. The Festival also gives recognition to the chefs and staff of these fine restaurants, who are often the unsung heroes.”

Mr Jeffrey Perera
Managing Director, e-Petrol Holdings Sdn Bhd
“The great Coco Chanel once said, ‘Fashion changes, but style endures’ and MIGF can claim to be the most stylish event on the Malaysian culinary scene. The Festival gives tourists and locals alike a chance to expand their culinary scope and also creates a platform for the talented chefs to show off their incredible skills.”
YBhg Dato’ Farah Khan
President, Melium Group
“October is a great month to be in Malaysia, the variety and creativity of the food on offer at the Festival is always outstanding, and without a doubt, improving every year. I enjoy the refreshing company of fellow gourmands, united through their love of the great range of cuisines celebrated at MIGF.”
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Chairman & CEO, Institute of Political and Economic Analysis
“The legendary MIGF hardly needs introducing any more. It is what it says. THE MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL GOURMET FESTIVAL. Our food and beverage scene in Malaysia has certainly taken a change for the better since the Festival began. The public at large has also been made more aware of the different kitchens that the world has to offer. Our culinary skills have heightened and our appreciation of all the other finer points of dining has definitely risen!! SYABAS!!!”
Encik Johari Abas
Director, Ikatan Keluarga
“The theme this year feels very contemporary and very much in line with the shifting trends in gastronomy. It encompasses not only food but also the personalities that create the gourmet delights. I have great expectations of this year’s Taste MIGF, an event that serves to showcase all aspects of “the art of living” within the diverse food industry. Lastly, I’m looking very much forward, as I do every year, to the Festival menus to ‘tempt me’, ‘entice me’ and finally, ‘satisfy me’.”
Che’ Puan Winnie Sophia Low
Director, Dataran Majujaya
“It is a great pleasure to play a part in organising MIGF to showcase Malaysian premium dining. The Festival is now in its 13th incarnation; the restaurants are ready to deliver a fantastic gastronomic experience and set to raise the profile and standard of premium dining both here and abroad.”
YBhg Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director, AsiaReach Events Sdn Bhd
“Last years MIGF was an unparalleled classical food experience and this year I fully expect it to be even better, with fantastic dining experiences served up by Malaysia’s very best restaurants. There is no greater pleasure than sharing superb food with friends and I look forward to doing so again this year.”
YBhg Datuk Dr Jagjit Singh Sambhi
Bailli Délégué de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
“Tourism Malaysia wholeheartedly throws its support behind world-class events such as the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. The Festival has grown to become a major event on the local calendar, and plays a significant role in facilitating the growth of our tourism industry. We appreciate how the Festival shines the spotlight on Malaysia’s dining scene making it world famous and attracting more higher-income tourists to our shores. MIGF has done a great job over the last 13 years – and we applaud its success.”
YBhg Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab
Director General, Tourism Malaysia
“Zurich is delighted to be the official insurance partner for MIGF 2013. At Zurich, we pride ourselves at being committed to our customers and the communities in which we live and work. We hope that through premium quality food, we can extend that same commitment that we provide premium quality services to our customers.”
Mr Trevor Bull
Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad
“Food for Malaysians is a passion that also binds us together. Today, we share our gastronomical experiences instantly thanks to mobile internet and social media. U Mobile is delighted to partner with MIGF for this prestigious exclusive culinary event. This partnership reflects our philosophy of LIVE Connected – allowing our customers to be connected to their passions and food is certainly one of them.”
Ms Jasmine Lee
Director of Marketing, U Mobile Sdn Bhd
“MIGF has been a supportive business partner in the growth of our premium brands, especially in the beer and food pairing programme. The ongoing desire among Malaysians to experience beer and food pairing, with the delectable cuisine and our portfolio of brands, continues to drive us on. So for the third consecutive year, we look forward to sharing, with the tens of thousands of diners at the participating restaurants, an even greater variety of brands for MIGF 2013.”
Mr Henrik Andersen
Managing Director, Carlsberg Malaysia
“This is the first year Land Rover is participating in the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Its theme, ‘Cool Chefs: Cooking with Attitude’, is a perfect fit for our introductory year given Land Rover’s bold designs, distinctive styling and luxurious interior. On a personal note, I look forward to the creative and innovative cuisines that the Festival encourages, allowing the chefs to push the envelope and come up with their own unique offerings.”
Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali
Managing Director, Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
“In Malaysia nothing connects people better than great food and great companionship and at ASTRO, communicating positively to our millions of Malaysian viewers has been the key to our ongoing success. Our viewers desire for superb entertainment is only matched by the Malaysian universal love affair with all things food. MIGF is the perfect platform for our viewers to tune in and indulge their culinary fantasies and we wish the organizers the very best wishes for yet another month long feast.”
YBhg Dato’ Rohana Rozhan
CEO, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad
“We are pleased to once again deliver your happy and fun moments. FUJIFILM as the Official Imaging Partner is here to record your perfect memories of MIGF 2013 which promises another gastronomic extravaganza. Enjoy & Bon Appetit!”
Mr Paul Ho
Senior Executive Director, Fujifilm (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
“MHTC shares one import ant objective with MIGF which is to bring millions of internationals from all across the world to choose Malaysia as the preferred destination above any other destination for medical tourism and for fabulous food. Over the years, MIGF has been incredibly successful in promoting the magical food and flavours of Malaysia to a world bursting with culinary alternatives. Likewise, in the hugely competitive arena of medical tourism, MHTC shares this international challenge to put Malaysia first. Se eking the finest medical healthcare treatment oversea s has become a hu ge industr y and the benefit s across all industry sectors in Malaysia are massive. It is with great pleasure that MHTC can now say that Malaysia is one of the world’s Top 10 healthcare travel destinations and our fabulous fo o d continues to be a key ingredient… Keep up the good work MIGF.”
Dr Mary Wong
Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
“At Lite FM we have always been at the heart of all things cool with a feel good –friendly attitude of mind to match, so this year’s theme of “Cool Chefs: Cooking with Attitude” fits our brand values perfectly. 2013 promises to be a great festival with a wonderful array of restaurants and some fantastic dishes which are sure to be a big hit. For over a decade Lite FM has been the preferred partner to MIGF and we know our hundreds of thousands of listeners will be eagerly awaiting the Festival Month, where their passion for great music and great food can both be indulged.”
Dr. Jake Abdullah
CEO, Astro Radio Sdn Bhd
“Throughout the illustrious history of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival , Vision Four has played an integral part in promoting the festival & the wonderful food Malaysia has to offer to millions of internationals from all over the world. Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2013 could not be better, than once again, being an official media partner for what has become one of our nation’s biggest tourist attractions.”

Ms Rachel Yow
Managing Director, Vision Four Media Group
“Having personally witnessed the success and popularity of this festival continue to go beyond everyone’s imagination, we are once again delighted to be part of what has become one of the hottest dates on any social calendar. Promoting the premiere dining scene of Malaysia to both locals and, most importantly, internationals all across the globe benefits all sectors of the business world and is a passion we at Seni Jaya are totally committed too & happily promote MIGF across our many destinations in KL. Best wishes to all connected with the festival, and happy dining throughout October.”

YBhg Dato’ Eddie Teo
Executive Chairman, Seni Jaya Corporation
“Scripps Networks and AFC are delighted to continue our ongoing partnership and support for the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival… When it comes to showcasing wonderful food experiences from around the globe, AFC & MIGF lead the way. At AFC our passion for food is relentless and each day we work to entertain and entice audiences with the world’s finest and most innovative dishes. We are sure that our millions of regional viewers in 12 territories will be thrilled by what MIGF 2013 plans to serve up during these festive events.”

Mr Derek Chang
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Scripps Networks International – Asian Food Channel
“I think the friendship, dialogue and camaraderie that arises due to MIGF is brilliant. Whenever there is an impetus to greater heights and better quality, it is nothing but beneficial. Teams create great things and by having everyone together for this event, it raises the level with each team trying to outdo each other.”
Mr Frank Stocek
General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur – Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill
“I think it’s great to have a forum where the premiere league restaurants come and gather, where restaurant owners come together and at the same time get the market exposure. The communication between the market, the chefs and the business owners is crucial for the future as this is what sets the trends. Looking amongst competitors, gathered on a similar platform, it does push the boundaries of creativity further making it a win-win for everyone involved.”

Mr Hratch Khatchanian
General Manager, Westin Hotel Group – Prego, Five Sen5es and Qba Latin Bar & Grill
“MIGF has set the bar over the years in Malaysia for the top restaurants. It is important to raise the bar every year in terms of cuisine and push Kuala Lumpur as a dining destination for tourists and gourmands alike.”

Mr Paolo Campillo
General Manager, Aloft KL Sentral – Nook
“We are very pleased to be involved in MIGF and are particularly looking forward to Taste MIGF. It is a great chance for my team to showcase what they can do compared with some of the city’s best restaurants – it gives us immediate feedback on our food. I believe that restaurants can be casual or ‘cool’ and still offer a premium dining experience, and it is this approach that I hope we can showcase at the Festival.”

Ms Carol Lim
Assistant General Manager, Blu Med Ristorante e Bar - Blu Med
“The Malaysian dining scene is vastly underrated compared to those in England or Australia, and as a group of restaurants brought together for MIGF, we have a great opportunity to showcase Malaysian cuisine at its finest to the rest of the world. I am really looking forward to Taste MIGF as seeing a similar format flourish in Melbourne, and there is huge scope for this type of event in driving Malaysian restaurants into the international limelight.”

Ms Caleen Chua
Director, Rotol Food-Chain (M) Sdn Bhd – Chakri Palace
“With a culinary landscape comprising of an exciting blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other ethnic cuisines, Malaysia is a food lovers’ paradise. Having such a broad and multi-cuisine league of premier restaurants in Malaysia especially in Kuala Lumpur, can only further boost 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.”

Mr Robert Frager
General Manager, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel – Dynasty and Sagano
“A vibrant event such as MIGF is not only a fun way for culinary experts to showcase their talents while satisfying the curiosity of the client, but also a tremendous benefit to both the hospitality industry and the local community. It goes without saying that it is one of the most prestigious gourmet events of the year.”
Mr Mondi Mecja
General Manager, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant
“MIGF is a great chance to get together and meet the other chefs in the city, an opportunity we don’t normally get as we are so busy. It is also a great marketing platform for independent restaurants to reach out to people who might not have known about them before; this is something quite hard to do in the normal restaurant routine.”
Ms Nathalie Arbefeuille
Head Chef and Director – Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
“Malaysia is still a little way behind the region and Europe in terms of the number of fine dining restaurants and MIGF has been a sole driving force in pushing the standards of the scene forwards over the last ten years. MIGF gives access to many who wouldn’t normally think of eating in a fine dining setting due to socio-economic reasons, being less affluent, or simply having the perception that it is not meant for them, and to me this is the greatest part of the Festival.”
Mr Franz Swoboda
General Manager, The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas
“Creative marketing plays an important role in a restaurant’s success and MIGF certainly helps individual restaurants that might not have the resources to be heard above the crowd. It is a great platform for the food industry in Malaysia and one we are very proud to be a part of.”
YBhg Dato’ Liaw Choon Liang
Chief Executive Officer, Multiple Reward Sdn Bhd – Minori Restaurant
“Coming together for celebrations of great food like MIGF is very important for the KL dining scene as it helps promote the wonderful array of diverse cuisines we have in the city. Without this there would be no F&B market in Malaysia and as the middle class are looking towards more fine-dining options it plays a very important role in the country.”
Mr Mohyiddin Al Halabi
Managing Director, RestoranTarbush Delicacies Sdn Bhd – Tarbush Restaurant
“MIGF has done a fantastic job because it has created a very strong following, and has established itself as the ultimate event to be a part of if you are a serious player in the F&B industry. This is Marini’s first MIGF; it is a golden opportunity for us to increase the awareness of our restaurant, and to show people the efforts that our team have put in and worked so hard for.”
Mr Modesto Marini
Owner, Mont Oro (M) Sdn Bhd - Marini’s On 57
“Collective marketing such as that encouraged by MIGF, raises the voice of the individual restaurants involved considerably to the public. The firm but friendly competition it fosters between our restaurants is paramount as it forces our chefs to think outside of the box, and to always push themselves creatively.”
Mr Colin Ng
Chief Investment Officer, Goldis Berhad and Executive Director, GTower Sdn Bhd – Tanzini
“I am very excited for Kiraku Japanese Restaurant and our participation in MIGF for the very first time. I look forward to Taste MIGF and subsequently, the start of the MIGF month. We are a relatively new premium Japanese restaurant but we have a lot to offer our diners during the Festival month and beyond. Kiraku’s team of talented chefs are fired-up and ready to impress. We invite you to be a part of a culinary experience and entertainment you will never forget!”
YM Tengku Hishammuddin Zaizi Bin YAM Tengku Azman Shah Alhaj
Director, Shaftsbury Capital Sdn Bhd – Kiraku Japanese Restaurant
“I love this year’s theme – “Cool Chefs!”! Genting Highlands is the coolest place in Malaysia and we have the coolest chefs. I fully endorse this theme as it’s as if it was written specially for our restaurants! Besides our award-winning The Olive and Imperial Rama, we are very excited to introduce a cool new restaurant, LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge to MIGF this year. Get ready to be blown away!”
Mr Edward Arthur Holloway
Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Resorts World Genting The Olive, Imperial Rama and LTIT UDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
“In every MIGF, I always look forward to the camaraderie, the challenge and the will to win among the participating restaurants. MIGF is where each restaurant shows the benefit of their individualistic talents through the chefs’ cooking, food preparation, wine selections and service staff performance; it is quite a challenge, actually, but MIGF helps us to concentrate our minds together and outdo ourselves.”
Mr Ian Hurst
General Manager, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral – Grill 582
“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is undoubtedly the country’s premier culinary event and Kelantan Delights is proud to be a part of it this year. The Festival continuously challenges our chefs as well as kitchen and service associates to be inventive and push the boundaries of creativity year on year and we at Kelantan Delights are delighted to represent Malaysia and look forward to mesmerising guests with our authentic local cuisine. Kelantan Delights is proud to be the only independent Malay restaurant taking part in MIGF2013 and we are looking forward to serving our specialties to Taste MIGF’s discerning guests.”
Mr Saiful Akhtar
Managing Director, Kelantan Delights Sdn Bhd – Kelantan Delights
“We’re absolutely delighted and geared up to once again be a part of the Festival this year. It acts as an avenue for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in a healthy yet competitive environment, spurring each individual restaurant to greater heights and allowing for a great way to experience Malaysia’s best restaurants without blowing your budget.”
Ms Belinda Leong
Executive Assistant Manager, The Club Saujana Resort – The Restaurant
“MIGF is not just an event, it’s a mindset. Not only does it provide a morale boost for Malaysia, illustrating that it has worldclass culinary talents, but it is the hallmark of branding sophistication. We’re looking forward to over-inulging throughout October, meeting old friends and making new acqaintances.”
Mr Giancarlo Francioso & Mr Sashi Kumar
Onwers, Nerovivo Group – Nerovivo
“In October we celebrate the power of food and wine as well as the highly skilled and creative chefs and service teams, who rally together to present diners with a top class dining experience second to none. Our chefs at Lafite and Arthur’s Bar & Grill will mesmerise diners with a mix of bold and romantic European cuisine, promising an epicurean experience not to be missed.”
Mr Lothar W Nessmann
Vice-President and General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Lafite, Arthur’s Bar & Grill
“The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is thrilled to once again be a part of Malaysia’s premiere Food Festival and is excited to showcase a slew of activities in line with this year’s theme, “Cool Chefs: Cooking with Attitude”. Our guests can expect a thorough pampering should they dine with us during the Festival, a maxim that extends to all our guests throughout the year.”
Mr Michael Schlueter
General Manager, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – Seasonal Tastes
“MIGF is a truly magical platform for all premier restaurant owners in Malaysia. The marketing strategy employed is ideal for attracting new multicultural diners and the culture of premium dining itself has, since the Festival’s inception, been revitalised to become an increasingly popular trend.”
Mr Ichiro Suzuki
Managing Director, Sushi Train Sdn Bhd