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Awards For Top Chefs at The Grand Finale Dinner - Malaysia International Gourmet Festival

Kuala Lumpur, 6 December 2007: The month long Malaysia International Gourmet Festival drew to a spectacular close with the Grand Finale Dinner at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa last Monday 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 awards presentation had all participating restaurants on the edge of their seats, waiting to see if their month of immense effort had paid off. Said the Festival’s Organising Chairman, Dato’ Steve Day, “These awards are taken very seriously. With each passing year, the bar is raised higher, due to the toughness of our panel of judges as well as the high standards the Festival restaurants have set. Time and again restaurants have risen to the challenge of being more innovative and creative in their cuisine and presentation.”

This year, a record 13 awards were presented, including the new the Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine Showcase awards.

The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2007 award winners were: The Golden Cauldron Award for Best All Round Restaurant, Senses, Hilton Kuala Lumpur; Festival Special Achievement Award, Lafite, Shangri –La ; Best Marketed Restaurant, The Olive, Resorts World Genting Hotel,Most Creative Dining Experience, QBa, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Most Creative Festival Menu, Senses, Hilton Kuala Lumpur; Most Outstanding Festival Cuisine at the Gala Launch, Hilton KL (Chynna, Iketeru and Senses); Best Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine Menu, Chef Dirk Haltenhof (Pacifica); Best Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine Signature Dish, Chef Dirk Haltenhof (Pacifica); Best Chef of the Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine Showcase, Chef Dirk Haltenhof (Pacifica); Most Innovative Cuisine, Pacifica, Mandarin Oriental; Most Outstanding Service Team, Tai Zi Heen, Prince Hotel; Best Value Menu of the Festival, Bossa Nova, Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur; Most Creative Restaurant Display at the Gala Launch, Tamarind Springs.

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