Archives: Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2016 (01-31 October 2016)
“Personally, I can’t wait to try out the red hot culinary creations by this year’s Red Hot Chefs. It’s a delight to see MIGF bring together the nation’s finest restaurants and their Master Chefs in friendly but fierce competition resulting in a superlative choice of cuisines. October is always a special time for foodies and indeed anyone who wants to broaden their gastronomic horizons, as the Festival showcases fars across the four corners of the globe. Here’s to a lip smacking Festival!”
YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar
Director, Syarikat Pesaka Antah Sdn Bhd
“One element we see shine through in MIGF is the camaraderie among the restaurants participating in the Festival. They are normally in competition with one another but during this month, they are brothers in arms, putting aside their differences to work together by promoting Malaysia as a place for premium and sophisticated dining.”

YM Tunku Mohamed Alauddin bin Tunku Naquiyuddin
General Manager, Antah Bumimedic Sdn Bhd
“Each year we see the crème de la crème of Malaysian restaurants taking part in MIGF, an event that we look forward to with equal parts pride and joy. Taste MIGF also is a fantastic event filled with good cheer and festive atmosphere with all the imaginative menus being showcased in one location. Where else can you sample such a wide variety of food at once?”
YBhg Dato’ Mohamed Khadar Merican
Chairman, RHB Capital Berhad
“MIGF is now well anticipated each year and has achieved its objective of bringing premier diningexperience to people who were previously not confident of trying out this finer side of dining. Each year I look forward to the Gala Launch and the Gala Closing event, both of which are much sought after as social events. The Festival has positioned Malaysia to the world as having an abundant variety of choices for high quality and affordable premier dining.”
YAM Tunku Dato’ Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah
Past President, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)
“Since 2001 AsiaReach Events has been organising what has become the region’s premiere food event, which has grown in scale, sophistication and conviviality year after year. It’s heart-warming to see our best chefs working together for the good of the country, adding to the variety and richness of Malaysia and raising the level of dining found here. Malaysians and food are inseparable so this event fits like a glove on the nation.”
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Chairman/CEO, Institute of Political and Economic Analysis
“I think getting the public involved more through the preview event of Taste MIGF has been a great idea and I’m eager to step into the Theatre of Cuisines once again to take my gourmet tour. MIGF in general has turned the country into a gastronomic destination and it has also become an integral part of attracting delegates for MICE tourism.”

YBhg Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi
Chairman, Sungei Wang Plaza Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is an amazing show of the great diversity of cuisine available in Malaysia. This sheer variety is what I love best about the Festival and tourists visiting during this time can take full advantage of what’s on offer, sampling a variety of different cooking styles, then convey the good news to friends at home and encourage them also to visit.”
YBhg Dato’ Jeremy Diamond
Past President Malaysian Wine and Food Society
“Since its inception 14 years ago, MIGF has done much to put Malaysia on the culinary map, attracting visitors from around the region eager to taste the country’s best restaurants. From this point of view, the Festival is a key element in drawing investors and those planning on making Malaysia their second home. I’m looking forward to the month of exquisite feasting ahead!”
YBhg Dato’ Farah Khan
President, Melium Group
“With a theme like Red Hot Chefs! we can expect a sizzling array of gorgeous food, prepared with pizazz by some of the country’s culinary artists – for that is what they are deep down. Food, and the pairing of it with wine, is both an art form and I’m proud to say that Malaysia’s premium dining offers are every bit as good as what can be found around the world. Time to loosen those belt buckles and indulge in great food, great wine and great company.”

YBhg Dato' Kok Wee Kiat
Capitaine Lieutenant of the Society of the Musketeers of Armagnac
“MIGF never fails to impress me as each year Dato’ Steve and his team think up some spectacular new events to incorporate into the line-up, be it flash mob at the Media Launch or a magic performance at the Gala Night. I love dining out with friends and family, going on a food adventure to a new Festival restaurant and trying the inventive menu. Some of the new entrants this year look very interesting. Let’s see what they bring!”
YBhg Datuk Dr Jagjit Singh Sambhi
Baillie Délégué de Malaise, Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
“A wise man once said “the next best thing to eating food, is talking about it”, and MIGF has spread the word about Malaysia’s top restaurants far and wide. I’m proud to be part of this landmark culinary event and along with everyone else, I’m waiting in anticipation to see what our top chefs – my peers – dish out through the Festival month.”
YBhg Datuk Redzuawan Ismail
Food Ambassador of Malaysia
“The Annual MIGF promises gourmands another year of foodie fantasies. Malaysians come from different social cultural backgrounds but MIGF brings them together under one common passion which is our undying love for food. I look forward to the enticing line up of our regular restaurants as well as the fresh exciting newcomers. It is also vital for the MICE Industry, as it has fantastic media coverage in TV, print and the internet to inform the world about KL’s premier restaurants.”
YBhg Datin Winnie Sophia Low
CEO, Low Keng Huat Brothers Realty Sdn Bhd
“Due in no small part to the efforts of MIGF, the variety of cuisine available in Malaysia has become world famous! The event always exceeds expectations and I take my hat off to everyone involved, from the Master Chefs and service teams to the organising committee and sponsors. It gives travellers another reason to come here, and residents the chance to expand their culinary scope.”
Encik Johari Abas
Director, Ikatan Keluarga
“Alongside some of my favourite restaurants, this year’s Festival features some new players with menus I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. Food is one of life’s great pleasures and I for one thrive on sampling new cuisines. I have no doubt that our Red Hot chefs will produce a smashing set of menus and I’m ready to relish in the taste. I will also be getting in touch with my epicurean side at Taste MIGF, and perhaps even take part in some of the cooking classes with our top chefs.”
Dr Beh Chor Kim
Senior Medical Consultant, Heartscan Malaysia
“The Festival has done an outstanding job in raising the profile of Malaysian premium dining. Local and international food lovers will soon be flocking to our top Malaysian restaurants for another spectacular month of premium dining. The country has become a centre for gastronomy in Southeast Asia, where consumers can see that alongside the world famous hawker food, the premium dining scene is also thriving.”

Mr Nick Lough
Director, Mediconsult Group
“MIGF has grown into an inimitable gourmet festival that contains a personal touch, thanks to the creativity and imagination by both organisers and restaurants. Tt help raise awareness among the public of a cosmopolitan and more sophisticated dining experience for Malaysians, and with the inclusion of Taste MIGF, it truly brings the surfeit of cuisines available to the public’s doorstep.”
Mrs Joan Foo Mahony
Chairman & CEO, JF Publishing Sdn Bhd
“I love this year’s theme: Red Hot Chefs! It follows perfectly from last year’s Cool Chefs, and works on many levels to draw the public in. Today, the boundaries between cooking and cuisines are becoming more and more blurred – our chefs cook with passion and attitude, striking into the unknown – a reflection of the current theme. It’s a red hot style of cooking! As always, I’m looking forward to a classic culinary treat and even better company.”

Mr Jeffrey Perera
Managing Director, e-Petrol Holdings Sdn Bhd
“MIGF is simply the best thing that’s happened to gourmet diners in the country, with promotional prices and fantastic offers unrolling through October. It’s great to see people from all walks of life enjoying the exquisite food available and also to meet the personalities behind it – the Master Chefs. These culinary stars push the boundaries every year and serve up special treats that are the envy of any of their Western counterparts.”

Mr Key Soon Yue
President, Porsche Club
“October is a delicious month in Malaysia! My taste buds tingle just thinking about it. This gastronomic event has been luring foodies for over a decade now, featuring world class chefs that go all out in preparing some of the most creative menus I’ve had the pleasure of trying. The culinary experimentation exhibited in MIGF gets more and more daring each year and I love to share all the fabulous food with friends. There’s truly no greater pleasure on earth!”
YBhg Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee
Advisor, Enterprise Asia
“MIGF is now in its 14th year and continues to grow in size and stature, keeping Malaysia firmly on the gastronomic map. It is a gratifying experience seeing the dining industry flourish with each passing year, as more and more premium restaurants mushroom around the country drawing chefs from around the world.”
YBhg Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director, AsiaReach Events Sdn Bhd
“With each passing year there are more surprises and more offerings. I can’t wait to see what milestone Dato’ Steve Day produces this year - he always manages to pull a rabbit out of the hat! I always look forward to MIGF with much anticipation.”
Mr David Teh
Past President, Malaysian Wine and Food Society
“MIGF has always been a great way to promote the fine dining scene in Malaysia. It showcases the best cuisines and highlights the capability of our restaurants. I look forward to this year’s theme Red Hot Chefs!”
YBhg Datin Winnie Loo
Founder of A Cut Above Group of Salons and Academy
“It is once again a pleasure to partner up and help publicise the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival – an event that has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception 13 years ago. The sheer variety of cuisine on offer expands with each year and we are proud to be able to promote Malaysia’s premiere dining scene to locals and internationals across the globe, benefiting all sectors of the business world. For now though, it’s time to dig in! Bon Appetit.”

YBhg Dato’ Eddie Teo
Executive Deputy Chairman, Seni Jaya
What better way could there be than to enjoy a good meal with good music? The two go hand in hand and LiteFM, which has been a Festival partner for over a decade now, will once again help spread the word far and wide to its millions of listeners across the nation. With its ‘Red Hot Chefs’, the 2014 edition of the Festival surely has some scorching delights in store for foodies…make sure to get out there and try them all!”
Dr. Jake Abdullah
Chief Executive Officer, Astro Radio Sdn Bhd – LiteFM
“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has been key in establishing, promoting and sustaining Malaysia’s reputation as a premier food destination. We would like to thank all involved, from the Master Chefs to the Festival Sponsors and Media Partners, to the Organisers for making such a vital contribution to the nation.”
YBhg Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab
Director General, Tourism Malaysia
“We always look forward to this time of the year, when the best chefs in the country flex their gastronomic muscles and go all out in producing their most creative menus. As the official beer of MIGF for the fourth year running, we’re eager to bring Malaysia’s favourite brand, Kronenbourg 1664 to the Festival and sharing it with the thousands of diners throughout the period. Make sure you visit as many Festival restaurants as possible with friends and family to taste the diverse set of delights on offer this year!”
Mr Henrik Andersen
Managing Director, Carlsberg Malaysia
“Renowned Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is here again to tempt your taste buds from September to October. Be inspired by fine cuisine. Enjoy the camaraderie. As Official Imaging Partner of MIGF, I wish everyone Great Food, Great Company & Great Pictures!”
Mr Paul Ho
Senior Executive Director, Fujifilm (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
“The country can truly be proud of how the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has matured over the years and we at Vision Four Media Group are delighted to play a large part in spreading the Festival news and Malaysia’s flourishing food scene to the world. We wish all the Festival Restaurants the best of luck and may the Red Hot Chefs sizzle with inspiration this year!”

Ms Rachel Yow
Managing Director, Vision Four Media Group
“Scripps Networks Interactive is happy to partner with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival once again. As the world’s leading producer of engaging lifestyle content in the food, travel and home category, and having not one, but two food channels in our media portfolio (Asian Food Channel and Food Network), we see great brand synergy between both brands. Scripps is committed to supporting the culinary scene in Asia and we look forward to sharing all of the wonderful cuisine that Malaysia has to offer with our regional viewers.”

Mr Derek Chang
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Scripps Networks International – Asian Food Channel
“Vision KL, the nation’s widest read lifestyle magazine, is proud to once again help circulate the Festival news among its millions of readers, both in print and online at visionkl.com. Our comprehensive coverage of MIGF extends far beyond the Festival month, providing 360 degree news on all things related to this renowned food event through the whole year.”
YBhg Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director, AsiaReach Events Sdn Bhd - Vision KL
“We are very excited to be a part of MIGF with our brand new outlet, Signature By The Hill (Located at The Roof) - undoubtedly one of the city’s hottest new venues! The Festival stands as a spectacular gourmet showcase and a great place to meet personalities in the F&B scene. It’s definitely a moral boost to the country to see such premiere restaurants showcased year on year, and this acts as positive feedback to consistently be on our toes.”
Mr Dax Lee and Mr Roen Cian Nagapan
Owners, Signature By The Roof
“We have some wonderful surprises up our sleeves for this year’s Festival, so make sure to reach Taste MIGF to witness some high flying pizza antics! October is one of the most exciting months on the food calendar of Malaysia and it’s the perfect time to meet up with friends over stunning food and great prices in excellent restaurants. The creative marketing employed through the Festival goes a long way in helping individual restaurants that may lack the resources to be heard above the crowd, so we praise the concept and hope that it continues to grow in the years to come.”
Chef Michele Cuozzo
Nero Group Chef, Nerovivo Group
“MIGF celebrates the universal language of food and has successfully evolved into an icon that represents Malaysian talents and Malaysian restaurants of world class standards. Ten Japanese Fine Dining fits like a glove into the Festival fold, championing unpretentious premium dining in vibrant surroundings and pushing our best chefs to constantly innovate.”
Datuk Suzuki Ichiro
Managing Director
Ten Japanese Fine Dining
“ MIGF is a good platform to recognize those in the F&B industry who push the boundaries in order to deliver an innovative culinary experience. It is imperative that MIGF continues to innovate and uphold Malaysia’s reputation as a gourmet paradise. We are pleased to be a part of MIGF’s family again this year and hope to be a long term partner in the future. Our culinary team will put their best foot forward to fly high again this year at the MIGF 2014 and hope to place us on the international culinary map as our team of professional will strive to withhold our leading positions. “
Mr Colin Ng
Chief Investment Officer, Goldis Berhad
“I think that MIGF is a great platform to help expose our relatively new restaurant to the masses. TasteMIGF as well provides a way for the public to get a taste for the authentic French cuisine that we produce at Maison Francaise, which will hopefully lure them back to our restaurant. MIGF is a great on many levels, specifically in educating people about the type of cuisines available as well as promoting of various countries involved in the Festival.”
Ms Sainy Chun
Maison Francaise
“With the advent of the now huge food and beverage scene in Kuala Lumpur, MIGF has been a large contributor to that and it’s great to see the non-hotel F&B operations participating because there’s some brilliant untapped restaurants out there. It’s an opportunity for our chefs to have a bit of poetic license and show how creative they are and we get a lot of benefit out of it from that respect. The artistry, love and passion that chefs have supersede the business side of things, so it’s really important for them to get together every year and share and get inspired. It’s also important for the talent growth in the country, helping to motivate our young chefs.”
Mr Edward Arthur Holloway
Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Resorts World Genting The Olive, Imperial Rama and LTIT UDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
“Last year’s MIGF was fantastic, we had a great response and we are very happy to be back. This year we are looking to build on our success, build the reputation of Nook and showcase our twist on traditional local cuisine. We see MIGF as a great tool to further introduce ourselves to the KL market at large as a dining destination and we hope to do bigger and better this year.”

Mr Paolo Campillo
General Manager, Aloft KL Sentral – Nook
“The dining scene in Malaysia is so diverse and it can be quite a challenge to find out the best places to go, especially for those who are new to the city. MIGF and Taste MIGF are great opportunities for the general public to have a look around, see what chefs are doing and what is new in the scene. It’s great for people to find out more and sample our new concepts; then, of course come back to the restaurant and try the full dish. Treat it as a sneak preview of what we’ll be offering. ”

Mr Jamie Mead
General Manager, Hilton KL
Graze, Chynna, Chambers Bar & Grill
“MIGF acts like a focus point, pooling together our top restaurants so they have one loud, collective voice that raises them above those that stand alone. It’s a culinary driving force that showcases the many talents of our best restaurant teams in the best possible light, while creating a platform where they can engage in friendly dialogue and camaraderie – an essential element in creating a healthy dining scene.”
Mr Franz Swoboda
General Manager, The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur – Bunga Emas and L'Heritage
“We are delighted to once again take part in MIGF with our two flagship restaurants, Dynasty and Sagano, as we have done since its inception. The Festival has become a true institution in Malaysia with a reputation that stretches far and wide, and to inspire talented and creative chefs to reach and dream as high as they dare in reaching their potential, and position the country as a gastronomic destination of choice! Very much in line with Tourism Malaysia’s aim of elevating Food Tourism.”

Mr Robert Frager
General Manager, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel – Dynasty and Sagano
“At The Marini’s Group, we believe in precision living up to our goals of providing the ultimate fine dining experience. Hence, we continuously strive to deliver this promise. We are truly honoured to be listed in this year’s MIGF again because it understands and recognises the dining and entertainment industry in the aspect of culinary and entrepreneurship levels. This festival is a great platform because it improves the industry’s competitiveness and quality.”
Mr Modesto Marini
Owner, Mont Oro Sdn Bhd - Marble 8 and Marini’s On 57
“I think it’s always great to be involved in an event like this because it gives a lot of opportunities to show all the great food and culinary experiences that everyone can position themselves with. MIGF is able to draw out the hidden talents in chefs who are working in a premiere league of restaurants and to show that Malaysia is indeed on a par with most western countries, from a culinary standpoint.”
Mr Michael Schlueter
General Manager, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – Seasonal Tastes
“This is the third year I have been involved with the Festival and I always see it as an opportunity for restaurateurs and hoteliers to get together, not just as themselves, but with their own teams to discuss the opportunities that will push forward cuisine in Malaysia. The industry changes annually here and for those who are new or a little shy, it’s the perfect place to meet people.”
Mr Ian Hurst
General Manager, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral – Grill 582
“MIGF is an excellent platform for the multi-diverse local fine dining scene. MIGF has established itself as the event of the year for serious F&B players in the industry. We are delighted by this promising opportunity to focus the spotlight on Samplings On The Fourteenth among the best names in the fine dining scene of Malaysia once again. I look forward to the festival atmosphere and we are very excited to push forth with new ideas this year and bring our best to discerning guests of the festival”
Mr Mondi Mecja
General Manager, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant
“MIGF has been an internationally recognised platform showcasing the diverse culinary scene in Malaysia and The Saujana Hotels and Resorts is proud to support and be part of this annual collective effort to promote Malaysia as a worldwide gourmet food destination of choice with its world-class premium dining outlets. So, we invite you to take an exceptional culinary trail with us this October.”
Mr Peter Hourigan
General Manager and Vice President, The Saujana Hotels & Resorts, Charcoal
“We are proud to once again feature LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, one of Genting’s finest establishments, in this year’s Festival. The MIGF platform is the ideal place to keep spreading the news about our premium outlet and with the theme being Red Hot Chefs, there couldn’t be a more appropriate forum for our sizzling culinary artists. It’s always heartening to see the diversity and expertise in cuisine the Festival draws out and this year is shaping up to be a fabulous event. “
Ms Winnie Lim
General Manager, Genting Club - LTITUDE Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
“We are very excited to once again collaborate with MIGF to share our exceptional drinking and dining experience with diners. In conjunction with the relaunch of Neo Tamarind, we hope to set palates ablaze with our specially crafted menu created by Chef Sombat Kokasemkul. We look forward to welcoming you all to Neo Tamarind once again!”
Mr Federico Asaro
CEO, Samadhi Retreats Sdn Bhd - NEO Tamarind
“The Minori Japanese Restaurant is very excited and delighted to once again be part of the Festival Restaurants for this year. Our Head Chef has crafted a delightful range of mesmerising flavours to thrill the taste buds of discerning Malaysian Gourmands. We are looking forward to showcasing our exclusive menus, exposing the different cultures, innovations and culinary creations.”
YBhg Dato’ Liaw Choon Liang
CEO, Focus Point Vision Care Group Sdn Bhd Minori Japanese Restaurant
“I think the Red Hot Chefs! theme this year is very appropriate for us chefs since we are always on fire in the kitchen! MIGF in general has done much to attract a very diverse crowd, not only gourmands, but those that have a simple curiosity about different foods. Last year’s Taste MIGF had many great moments, and being able to share my food with so many people is always a pleasure. Watch out for my red hot macarons this year!”
Ms Nathalie Arbefeuille
Head Chef and Director – Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie
“We have always wanted to be in MIGF, we have prepared ourselves to the standard of the Festival. Now is the right time and we want to expose our restaurant to new clientele. Malaysia is a country with many different races and people and it is important to get them together under one roof – MIGF can do that for us and bring us a different branding that we can use to promote the restaurant.”
Mr Sangeeth Sivagnanam
aging Director - Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar
“Everyone that I know and everyone that is involved in the food industry knows MIGF and will be at the preview event so it will be a great exposure for us. I’ve been to the events the last four years and I’ve seen it grow in that time… it works so well. We’re very excited to be joining for the first time this year and the team has been working hard to make sure everything falls into place. Here’s to a great festival!”
Ms Nilou de Luca
Gabrielli Owner, La Scala
“MIGF is a very big event and I believe it’s one of the biggest in the world. If you search ‘gourmet festival’ in Google, the first link comes to the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. I like to go to MIGF not only for the publicity but for the sake of having fun and trying to introduce what I believe is good for the people and sharing the same ideas.”
Mr Ehsan Chabok
Owner of Zender’s Restaurant and Bar
“We have always wanted to be in MIGF, we have prepared ourselves to the standard of the Festival. Now is the right time and we want to expose our restaurant to new clientele. Malaysia is a country with many different races and people and it is important to get them together under one roof – MIGF can do that for us and bring us a different branding that we can use to promote the restaurant.”
Mr Sangeeth Sivagnanam
aging Director - Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar