Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Malaysia International Gourmet Festival

The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) next month will see the inclusion of the Malaysia Truly Asia Cuisine showcase.

The showcase-cum-competition will have 30 master chefs create a menu with global appeal. It will combine the traditional ingredients and influences of Malaysian and Asian cuisine.

“This is one of the new elements that MIGF has added to the festival after winning the Gold Award for Marketing in the Industry Category at the recent Pacific Asia Travel Association Travel Mart (Pata),” said festival organising chairman Datuk Steve Day.

He said the win had increased the country’s prominence as an international food tourism destination.

Celebrating good food: Tengku Adnan (centre), officials and chefs posing for a group photo at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur Monday. Standing next to Tengku Adnan on his left is Day.

A panel of international food experts and writers will judge the menus and dishes. Each menu will be accompanied by an account of the source of its inspiration.

“Who knows, this competition might just churn out the next signature Malaysia cuisine,” said Day.

Adding further international interest to this year’s festival is the introduction of Gourmet Tours Malaysia – designed to allow travellers and global food lovers to sample the best of local cuisine during the MIGF.

“Tour gourmets will be chauffeured to and from the airport and the various participating restaurants of their choice, and have the opportunity to take tours of Kuala Lumpur, select from a range of optional spa and golf packages and take cooking lessons in Malaysian, Japanese or international cuisine,” Day said.

Thirty restaurants will be participating in this year’s MIGF.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was at the launch, commended the organiser’s efforts and said Tourism Malaysia would be flying in several international food writers to publicise the festival and participating restaurants.

MIGF 2007 will be held from Nov 2 to 30. For details of participating restaurants or the festival, call 03-2282 8028 or visit www.migf.com.

The Star is a media partner of the MIGF 2007.

Source : STAR
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