GRAND FINALE DINNER
"The month long Malaysia International Gourmet Festival drew to a spectacular close with the Grand Finale Dinner at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa last night. The glittering Oscar style awards ceremony, in the presence of the Ruler of Negeri Sembilan, DYMM Tuanku Ja'afar ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman; the Festival's Royal Patron, YAM Tunku Laksamana Negeri Sembilan Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar and Guest of Honour, YBM Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the Minister of Tourism, was attended by some 1000 guests representing the who's who of Malaysian society.
The Hilton KL's Senses won the prestigious Golden Cauldron Award for the best all round restaurant of the festival while Chef Dirk Haltenhof of the Mandarin Oriental's Pacifica restaurant bagged all three awards in the inaugural Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine Showcase including best chef of the showcase. A Special Festival Achievement Award was given to Lafite for winning four successive Golden Cauldron Awards. The traditional Chefs' Charity Auction also saw celebrity auctioneer and sports personality, Justin Samson, generating bids worth RM313,000 for Yayasan Budi Penyayang a foundation for needy Malaysians."