QUOTES FROM FESTIVAL RESTAURANTS
QUOTES FROM FESTIVAL PARTNERS
Datuk Dr. Victor Wee
Secretary-General,
Ministry of Tourism
“With Visit Malaysia Year 2007 fast approaching, we are delighted that AsiaReach Events is organising the inaugural Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. With international food tourism growing in importance, we see the Festival as an important element in promoting Malaysia to the world.”
Mirza MohammAd Taiyab
Director General,
Tourism Malaysia
“Our warm Malaysian hospitality will be shown at its very best during the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Tourism Malaysia recognises the role played by the country’s restaurants in stimulating the food and beverage industry in Malaysia. Malaysian food is in itself an essential attraction for tourism to Malaysia. We commend the organisers for their efforts.”
Florian Mueller
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, DaimlerChrysler
Malaysia Sdn Bhd
“Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury lifestyle: a peerless legacy in creating desire, a fearless leader in driving innovations, and a timeless icon that represents all the finer things in life. In conjunction with the inaugural MIGF 2006, Mercedes-Benz celebrates the feast of senses with a journey down this gastronomic adventure. Guten Appetit!”

Paul N.C.Ho
Senior Executive Director,
Fuji Photo Film (M) Sdn. Bhd.

“It gives me special pleasure this year, as long running imaging partner in the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival to congratulate the organizers for expanding its cutting edge cuisine nationwide. With its extended reach, more food lovers can now look forward to a month of exquisite food and great company.”

Philippe Lubrano
Vice President – Commercial South East Asia Eurocopter
As a leading helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul service centre and a wholly owned subsidiary of EUROCOPTER, the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter Malaysia is delighted to be associated with one of the world’s great food festivals—the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival.

Mogens Joenck
Carlsberg Brewery (M) Bhd
“Carlsberg’s participation in the inaugural Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2006 represents a synergy between great beer and the great food provided by 25 participating Festival restaurants across the country. MIGF is an event that celebrates the finer things in life, and what better to accompany fine food than an excellent beer!”

Datin Su Wai Fun
Managing Director,
Vision KL
“As the most widely read tourism magazine in Malaysia, Vision KL is proud to be supporting the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival which has done so much for food tourism in the country”

Azran Osman-Rani
Director of Business Affairs, ASTRO
“Astro is proud to be a part of this gastronomic event once again this year in making Malaysia acclaimed not just in sights and sounds but in excellence in food as well. In tandem with this and in making lives richer, Astro remains committed to serving the community at large with world-class content for a wholly delectable experience.”

Kim Chuah
General Manager Operations, Vision Four
‘We have supported the KL International Gourmet Festival from the very start. It is heartening to see it go nationwide and we are delighted to play a part as it grows from strength to strength with each passing year.”

Borhanuddin Osman
Executive Director
Airtime Management and Programming Sdn. Bhd.
“We are delighted to be aligned with a world class event such as the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. An incredible effort has been made from all parties and I must say that the Festival has made an indelible mark culinary-wise through the years We're proud to be associated with an event of this calibre and stature in the global marketplace.”

Dato’ Eddie Teo
Executive Chairman,
Seni Jaya Corporation Bhd
“I am delighted to contribute this year by being a media sponsor. Under the able guidance of Dato’ Steve Day and the organising committee, I am sure this year’s Malaysia Gourmet Festival will be yet another resounding success!”

Mr. Chan Moon Kien
Managing Director,
Moonfx Sdn Bhd
“Congratulations to Steve and his team for the inaugural Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Rightly so, for the past five years the KL International Gourmet Fest has contributed to promoting the fine dining experience in Malaysia to both residents and tourists from overseas. Happy dining!”

Mr. Patrick Grove
Chief Executive Officer
Catcha Sdn. Bhd.
“Exceptional event, exceptional organization and most important, exceptional food! Prestige Malaysia is excited about being a part of MIGF again!”
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QUOTES FROM FESTIVAL RESTAURANTS

Martin B Jones
General Manager, The Westin Kuala Lumpur
“It’s that time of the year again when the food festivities begin with the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. The Westin Kuala Lumpur is proud to be associated in such a prestigious gourmet event once again – in fact, we will be featuring two of our signature restaurants – EEST, our Pan Asian Restaurant and Prego, Ristorante Italiano. For an added touch to this festival, we are bringing to you a Celebrity Guest Chef series, flown-in exclusively from various parts of the world. This will be a unique occasion to the local dining scene whereby celebrity guest chefs will complement the festive menus with their diverse culinary expertise and specialty dishes. So, food lovers and gourmands alike, gear up for a kaleidescope of flavours, wine dinners and exclusive offers at EEST and Prego – we’ll see you there!”
Paul Hutton
General Manager, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
“Having participated last year, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is indeed proud to be a part of such a spectacular culinary festival that positively impacts the Malaysian dining scene. MIGF also gives us the opportunity to interact with many of our diners, to thank them for all their support thus far and to remind them of the value of good quality dining. Once again, three of our restaurants—Senses, Chynna and Iketeru—will be highlighted and we expect to take our diners through an exciting gastronomic adventure that will tease them into craving for more”
Jonas Schuermann
General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
“In its sixth year running, the Gourmet Festival has become the ultimate
platform for the development and subsequent progression of the culinary
scene here in Kuala Lumpur, by providing a unique ensemble of top class
restaurants, showcasing exemplary culinary prowess of the highest quality.”

Jarlath Lynch
Area Manager & General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

“We at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur are honoured to participate yet again in the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival, renowned as the most prestigious annual gourmet dining event. The festival is indeed an excellent platform to showcase our award winning restaurants, namely Lafite, Shang Palace and Zipangu, to food lovers seeking the most remarkable dining experience coupled with an extensive variety of authentic cuisines creatively prepared by our master chefs. As the venue for the gala launch of the festival, we can assure you that it will be one of the most memorable experiences to come.”

Edward Holloway
Vice President Hotel Operations, Genting Resort Hotels

“We are truly delighted and honored, once again, to be part of this, ever growing, Gourmet Festival this year. There is no doubt in our minds that the MIGF is a must on the calendars of anyone who loves great food, wine and
atmosphere. Our teams in The Olive and Imperial Rama, have left no stone unturned to ensure your entire dining experience will be met. We have few surprises in store, including a Michelin Star Chef, or two, or three… We look forward to welcoming you all and trust your experience will be truly
memorable.”

Robert Frager
General Manager, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

"The well reputed Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has certainly become the voice and heart of the culinary scene in Kuala Lumpur. It has built a solid platform for the most talented chefs of the finest restaurants in town to showcase their creative and innovative gastronomic inventions. The Dynasty Chinese Restaurant and MED.@Marché are proud to participate in this year’s spectacular and eminent Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. Dynasty composes unique and strong flavours of the Cantonese region. Chef Tan Kim Weng will lead you to experience an unforgettable feast fit for an emperor. MED.@Marché presents the latest trends and influences around the Mediterranean. Chef de Cuisine Tim Yee will inspire you with his intriguing dishes that epicureans have long waited for."

Donald Lim
General Manager, Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur

"Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur has participated in the Gourmet Festival every year since its inception. As this event is being expanded, we are pleased to announce that our famous Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant will be joining our renowned Chalet Swiss Restaurant in this year's Festival. The Golden Phoenix has undergone a major renovation and now has a contemporary look to go with it's well-known cuisine and we look forward to welcoming guests to our new look Chinese restaurant."

Lyndon Discombe
General Manager, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur

“We are very proud to be a part of the prestigious Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. The festival provides an unprecedented opportunity for all of us to recognise and showcase the extraordinary talents of our culinary teams. Our Master Chef Chan Kong Tung and his dedicated team are looking forward to creating a menu that will re-affirm Tai Zi Heen’s reputation as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. We welcome you to join us at Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur and Tai Zi Heen where we will provide you with one of the most memorable experiences of the year.”

Kenny Teo
General Manager, Pacific Regency Hotel Apartments

“After our pleasant experience last year, we are in for the second consecutive year. This time Soi 23, Fine Thai Restaurant will be featuring authentic Thai dishes with a balance of mellow and subtle tastes gently complement sweet-sour seasonings and herbs. Our Thai chefs headed by Sous Chef Sujinda promises only the best northern traditional Thai cuisine.”

Iskandar Zakaria Melvin
General Manager, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

“Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur is joining the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival for the first time, and we are honoured that our fine dining Japanese outlet, Still Waters, has been invited to participate in this culinary fest. Still Waters serves "Sosaku" or modern Japanese cuisine and we look forward to welcoming diners and showcasing a creative and delectable menu.”

Royal Rowe
General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

“A feast of flavours; a celebration of epicurean excellence, the premier Malaysia International Gourmet Festival adds colour to the tourism landscape as it spotlights Malaysia’s culinary masters on the world stage. Indulge in a journey of the senses on an epicurean escape to Four Seasons Resort Langkawi where an exclusive gourmet adventure is set to unfold amid innovative regional cuisine inspired by the freshest catch of the Asian seas and service that is beyond compare … as unforgettable as its breathtaking oceanfront views.”

George Varughese
General Manager, Renaissance Melaka Hotel

“It is certainly exciting that this year’s prestigious Malaysia International Gourmet Festival has been extended to destinations out of Kuala Lumpur. The Renaissance Melaka is proud to participate in this eminent event enabling us to showcase our culinary profusions inspired by the Historic City of Melaka with its rich culture and heritage. This encounter of the past and the present allows an opportunity of our appreciation heritage that certainly escapes the ordinary”

Yeow Hock Siew
General Manager, Putrajaya Marriott Hotel

“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is a great platform where our chefs are able to showcase their talents and their capacity for creating not only a fine dining experience but an appreciation of all things gastronomically good. We are proud to be invited this year to participate in this prestigious event and look forward to welcoming you all to Tuscany Italian Restaurant at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, situated in the federal government’s capital, Putrajaya, where good authentic Italian cuisine is at its best.”

Dato’ Jaspal Singh
Managing Director, ISHQ Restaurant

“We are indeed proud and pleased to be selected to participate in the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. ISHQ brings a blend of delicate sensations from a combination of authentic scents and textures from Asia – the Kingdom of Siam, the provinces of Kampuchea, Vientiane and the infamous Kashmir region. Furnishings are a fusion of Asian and Western influences with deep comfortable sofas, wooden shutters and cool balconies. An elegant cultural union of food and ambience – ISHQ serves you a truly fresh and resplendent dining experience amidst warm traditional Asian décor whilst savouring authentic dishes for an unmatched East Meets East fine dining experience. We are confident that MIGF 2006 will be an excellent platform for us to showcase ISHQ restaurant.”

Frederico Asaro
Chairman, Tamarind Springs (Epicurean Management Sdn. Bhd.)

“Tamarind Springs is delighted to be chosen to participate at the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2006. It’s indeed a great honour to be alongside such distinctive restaurants! Once again, our chefs and staff are motivated in showcasing their talents and creativity to provide food connoisseurs of Malaysia a truly memorable fine dining experience. We look forward to receiving you …”

Eddie Kong
Director and Group Operations Project Manager, Hanabi Japanese Restaurant

“In the Japanese language, Hanabi means fireworks and this is evident in our commitment to the fine art of making food that sparkle the “Hanabi” !
Executive Chef Hiroyuki Kawasaki is delighted to promote his authentic style of contemporary Tokyo cuisine in pursuing a new dining experience dimension in extending to our exclusive diners. This being the first time that Hanabi has been invited to be a part of the MIGF, Hanabi is honoured and proud to be associated with this glamorous occasion.”
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QUOTES FROM FESTIVAL DINERS

Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Asian Strategic & Leadership Institute
“The Gourmet Festival is a truly marvellous opportunity to showcase the best of fine dining in Kuala Lumpur and indeed the whole of the country. The new Malaysia International Gourmet Festival will be an apt prelude to ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2007’.”

H.E. German Bejarano Garcia
Ambassador of Spain
“The Gourmet Festival is a palette of Malaysian diversity. Last year I was mesmerised by the innovative flavours and fusion of cuisines. Its format is a perfect combination of efficiency, fellowship and joie de vivre.”

YBhg Datuk Dr Ridzwan Bakar
Clinic Datuk Dr Rizwan Bakar
“The organisers need to be congratulated for turning this annual event into a much-awaited entry in the calendars of visitors and residents alike.”

Dato’ Sri Ir Mohamad
T. Al-Ozeir
Tas Industry

“Chefs are like artists, you get different food from different chefs. Tastes in art and food need to be cultivated and appreciated. One you admire by looking at it; the other by eating it. Well done, MIGF!”

Stuart J. V. Pack
Chief Executive Officer
Gleneagles Hospital (KL) Sdn Bhd

“What a wonderful opportunity each year to savour the best of cuisines available in the country. Wonderful company, good wines, exquisite food, all exemplified to meet the most discerning palate in a way that is never forgotten.”

H.E. Alejandro A. Gordillo
Ambassador of the Republic of Peru

“Last year was my first experience with the fantastic KL International Gourmet Festival (KLIGF). In my 40 years as a Peruvian diplomat, I have never seen a food and drinks Festival of such high quality. Starting with the organisation, the enthusiastic participation of so many restaurants, the nice and warm smiles of the hosts and hostesses, the right choice of menus, the taste and flavour of every dish. In a word, I would qualify it as FANTASTIC! It seems to me that it is very appropriate to make it now the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) whose success is already guaranteed.”

Datin Anna Lim
Former Miss Malaysia /Universe/ Mrs. Malaysia/ World

“I am really looking forward to the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. The festival has always been a marvellous experience—an opportunity to enjoy the different cuisine and creative menus conjured up by some of the country’s top and most talented chefs. I am sure that this year’s festival is going to be nothing short of spectacular.”

H.E. Lauri Korpinen
Ambassador of Finland

“My heartiest congratulations to the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2006. It is very welcome as it promotes the excellent Malaysian cuisine and “Truly Asian” hospitality.”

Lim Meng Hong
Malaysia Representative Christie's

“A merry extravaganza of gustatory delights!”

Jennifer Cheng
Lieutenant Gastronomie,
Society of Musketeers of Armagnac Malaysia

“The Festival has gone beyond all boundaries to support and encourage the best of culinarians spinning off creativity which is befitting to the discerning food lovers. It just gets better every year!“

Datin Alissa Fitri Hashim
Director, Panzana Enterprise Sdn Bhd

“Establishing the MIGF is a natural progression after the success story of KLIGF, an annual celebration of winning cuisines and superb beverages. I foresee illustrious visitors from around the world attending this event to experience the sumptuous pleasures of Malaysia’s kitchen magic. Best wishes!”

H.E. Patricio Torres
Ambassador of Chile

“Without a doubt, the last five years of the Kuala Lumpur International Gourmet Festival have been a unique experience as well as one of the most important gastronomic and cultural events in Malaysia. The extraordinary combination of culinary art provided by the best chefs of the country with the smart elegance and hospitality of the leading restaurants in town is unbeatable. I am really looking forward to the inaugural Malaysia International Gourmet Festival.”

H.E. Alexander A. Karchava
Ambassador of the Russian Federation

“From my experience of last year’s memorable KLIGF I know that the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival will be well organized and will definitely make a significant contribution to the image of Malaysia on the international stage.”

H.E. Eugene Hutchinson
Ambassador of Ireland

“Like myself, many people relish this opportunity to savour the wide range of gourmet food found, not only in Kuala Lumpur, but throughout Malaysia. The MIGF is an excellent showcase event to highlight another facet of this wonderful country.”

H.E. Alain Du Boispean
Ambassador of the Republic of France

“Having experienced last year’s event, I must admit that the food, the venues, and the guests were all absolutely amazing. And as representative of France, a country which has a worldwide reputation of expertise in this field, I am happy to congratulate the organisers and to wish them all the best for this year’s event.”

H.E. Alfredo Perez-Bravo
Ambassador of Mexico

“This will be my 6th time attending the Gourmet Festival and, believe me, there is nothing better than this! Besides promoting Malaysia as a leading international fine dining destination, the MIGF will exhibit the excellent culinary skills of the chefs taking part and will also showcase the great hospitality of our Malaysian friends. You cannot miss it!

Piers D’Anyers Willis
Managing Director, Dresdner Kleinwort

“Kuala Lumpur should be delighted that the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is coming in 2006 to build on the success of past International Gourmet Festivals. I have no an doubt we will yet again experience an unparalleled diversity of fine cuisine, as one would expect from a country famous for the diversity of its own culinary delicacies.”

YM Che Engku Puan Sri Rozeeta
KL Socialite

“Tunku Abdullah and I have always enjoyed the KL International Gourmet festivals where we had the opportunity to sample the delicious cuisine of the hotels and restaurants in KL. They always helped us to determine where to entertain and dine out. The Gourmet Festival is now going nationwide and it has has certainly come a long way. We congratulate the organisers for their excellent and well organised Festival events. They should be credited for bringing the food industry in Malaysia to an international level. All the best!!”

YM Tunku Mir’atun Madihah binti Tunku Mudzaffar
Director, Syarikat Pesaka Antah

“The dining events and the charity auction at the end of the festival add up to a truly unique experience. The KLIGF, now the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is an exciting yearly event to look forward to. Scrumptious, tantalizing and decadent, it never fails to please the palate!”

Catherine Lai and Tony Lee
BATEY ADS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

“The MIGF is synonymous with the art of international cuisine, superb hospitality and contributing to charity all rolled into one unique experience. We look forward to the festival every year. Each successive event outshines the previous one. First creation, KLIGF and now the birth of MIGF! We can’t wait to see and experience the beginning of another love affair with MIGF.”

Dato’ Jaffar Indot
Chairman, Jepamajosa Sdn. Bhd.

“The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is definitely the event of the year. The cuisine at all the participating restaurants is, without exception, superb. I look forward to this year's festival.”

Dato’ Sri Lim Huah Leong
Chairman, BHL Management Sdn Bhd.

“The MIGF never fails to impress me. One not only feasts his or her eyes on mouth watering delights but also savours the richness in taste, texture and presentation. And many discerning diners now look forward to this annual opportunity to experience a whole month of fantastic cuisine.”

Tan Sri Kishu Tirathrai
Globe `Silk Store

“Looking forward to another great festival! Each year the Festival just keeps getting better. With the Festival going nationwide for the first time this year, we can expect even greater things from the organisers.”

Lillian Too
Renowned Feng Shui author

“I look forward to the Festival every year. Last year’s gala launch was definitely the biggest and the best so far! Very original. I’m looking foward to the one this year.”

H.E. Anacleto Felicani
Ambassador of the Republic of Italy

“My wife and I have always relished our participation in the previous editions of the festival, during our stay in Kuala Lumpur which is nearing its end. The events, always brilliantly conceived, have become increasingly prestigious over the years. The Gourmet Festival has become one of the “musts” in the KL “season”. I am particularly glad that the Italian cuisine has been part of it from the outset. This year, it will increase its presence and I hope that its contribution will be a permanent feature for the future. I sincerely wish to the creative, exquisite and very resourceful organizers the most deserved, full success for the expanded 2006 edition, and for all the ensuing ones.”

H.E. Alfredo R Morelli
Ambassador of the Argentine Republic

“Malaysia has always been one of the region's most exciting locations for a myriad of cuisines and entertainment. And the Malaysia International Gourmet festival epitomises that. This festival brings together all the rich, varied and wonderful flavours that make up the Malaysian dining scene.”

Johari Abas

“A veritable fest of feasts for the discerning diner; certainly a universal food for the senses. I travel all over the world and I don’t mind saying that what I miss most about Malaysia is the food. The Festival certainly more then sates my appetites in this respect!”
Johari Abas
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