California Raisin Seminar by Chef Nathan Mitchell Stamm

A while back, i was invited to California Raisin's Seminar by Chef Nathan Mitchell Stamm at the Sheraton Imperial KL. To me, this seminar was not just a sharing session but more of a professional course. Chef Nathan Mitchell Stamm from Johnson & Wales was giving detailed explanation of bread making and how raisins can be part of the staple food with nutritional benefits and wonderful flavours.

After taking about 2 days of preparations at the hotel, this was the food they provided us for a food tasting during the tea time break. Every dish had California Raisins and being a chef himself, he couldn't have made raisins ever more lovable not just by the kids but adults too.

All the Gold in California Raisin Foccacia

California Raisin Cloud

California Raisin Brioche
Couronne Aux California Raisin

I personally feel raisins are good snacks and obviously adding it to desserts for nutritional benefits and additional flavour from the natural sweetness is just perfect and wonderful.

Besides that, I also received a recipe book that consists of a collections of recipes by the local chefs in the industry using California Raisins. It was a great inspiration to see how raisins can also be added into hot food for cooking.

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Fabulous Food 1Malaysia 2012

Heritage food and street food is our Malaysian pride and this time of the year is the time we boast to the world how much colourful and different is our cuisines from the rest. With culture influences from all sorts, we have probably the most "fusion" food you can think off. 

If you havent been to this part of the world, what are you waiting for? Especially at this time of the year, we have the best to serve you with :) Food events like this are one of the examples of what's going on at this time of the year.

The Fabulous Food 1Malaysia, where all chefs and F&B businessman and corporates gather together in one hall to show their creative dishes, promote and feel proud of what they have to offer to the culinary line. Every year, Fabulous Food 1Malaysia would choose a signature dish and this year's dish would be; Yong Tau Foo, Mee Rebus and the all time favourite, rojak!

Now, besides these amazing dishes are other dishes filled with so much creativity it would leave people in awe. Now, even chef's are artist and the plate is a chef's canvas.

Some common ingredients are found in our tropical rain forest
Artistic skills by the chefs 

Desserts with bird nest perhaps? 

And more artistic skills 

First time seeing this, 100% chocolate. Apparently this supplier is the first in Malaysia to supply this chocolate.

Want to see more about Malaysian Food and Culture? 
Do visit Tourism Malaysia for more info about my country.

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MIGF 2012 - The Grand Finale

Here comes an ending month of fine dining gluttony. With great festival menus from our top fine dining restaurants in Malaysia, its now the time we can conclude whose the best at what they did. 

Even before the day of the MIGF Media Launch, we can see Masterchefs, Gourmands and Foodies all anticipated for the great 12th Malaysia International Gourmet Festival. With a great new event of Taste MIGF to this years special, everyone was busy participating in every ways they can for one reason. To prove whose the best in the gastronomical scene in this country. 
Gastronomically a symphony of sound for the month of October with an ending of a 'Oppa Gourmet Style'. It made a lot of people laugh to see how Dato Steve Day made his appearance this time around. And with so much fun from the festival organizers as well as  the masterchefs and the crowd. We all knew it was gonna be the time to face reality. Who was the real winner? 

Golden Cauldron
The Olive

Most Creative Restaurant at the Gala Launch
The Westin Kuala Lumpur - Five Sen5es, Prego, Q-Ba (People's Choice)
The Genting Group - The Olive & Imperial Rama (Judge's Choice)

Most Creative Food Presentation at the Gala Launch

Prego (People's Choice)
The Olive (Judge's Choice)

Most Innovative Cuisine at the Gala Launch

The Olive (People's Choice)
The Olive (Judge's Choice)

Most Outstanding Cuisine

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie (People's Choice)
The Olive (Judge's Choice)

Chef Congeniality

Chef Daniel Sheen, The Olive

Most Creative Festival Menu

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie

Best Value Menu

Makan Kitchen

Best Festival Offers


Best Marketed Restaurant

Genting Group, Imperial Rama and The Olive

Most Creative Dining Experience

Five Sen5es

Outstanding Festival Achievement Award

The Sunway Group

Best Canapes/Pre Dinner

West Lake Garden

Best Soup

Dynasty - Fish Mall Cabbage & Ocean Treasure Bouillon

Best Appetizers

Imperial Rama - Lobster combination Salad

Best Starter

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie - Pan Fried Duck Liver, Roasted Apple in a Buttered Brioche Mille – Feuille, Apple Emulsion

Best Entree

Grill 582 - Ocean Trout, Tomato Ketchup Dressing & Fennel Salad

Best Main

The Olive - Wagyu Short Rib, Smoked Porcini Risotto, Parsnip Puree

Best Dessert

New Orleans Bar and Grill - Trilogy – Seasonal Berries in Fusion, Warm Pecan Tartlet and Vanilla Chocolate Mousse

*The above list is not including Award of Excellence

And it continues with our Malaysian Street Food as the month of November and December is dedicated for Heritage Food and Street Food. 

Sexy Gourmet Style? ...only for MIGF! 

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Taste MIGF with Celebrity Chef Wan

“If your husband can’t give you an orgasm, I can give you MULTIPLE orgasms” – Chef Wan during Epicure Malaysia 2011. I still remembered how confident Chef Wan was with his recipes, techniques and food that could excite all female housewife apparently, heh.

Taste MIGF which replaced Epicure Malaysia was a big success. What other way is there to enjoy excellent fine dining food and service by well-respected chefs all gathered in one hall, one event and for one purpose; to bring gourmet food to a whole new level.

 Besides tasting foods from the restaurants, seeing what the big players does did the exhibition, cooking classes by the professionals, and getting entertained by the great music. What interest me most was still to watch the winner of ‘The Best Celebrity Chef in the world Award’ in 2009 World Gourmand Cookbook & Media Awards in Paris.

Chef Wan with his cute little grandson, Tristan.
Also as the Food Ambassador of Malaysia, he goes around the world to promote the best of Malaysia's heritage food.  
Bibik Neo's Nyonya Laksa
Kari Laksa Bibik Neo
Freshwater Prawn Rendang
Rendang Udang Galah 

If you missed this, mark your date on the 27, 28 & 29 of September 2013 for Taste MIGF 2013! Its something not to be missed by any food enthusiast.

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MIGF 2012 Gala Launch

The Malaysia International Gourmet Festival is officially launched! The greatest fine dining restaurants have came together to create the most affordable festival menu. What more? Just pure great awesome food :) 
Organising Chairman Dato Steve Day together with Tourism Minister Dato Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Royal Patron Tunku NaquiyuddinTuanku Ja'afar launching the best multi awarded gourmet festival to the world.

Introducing dishes from: 

Mandarin Grill, Mandarin Oriental KL 

Makan Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton KL

Ten Japanese Fine Dining

Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie, Menara Tai Pan

Nerovivo, Jalan Ceylon, KL

The first Korean Fine Dining restaurant, Onsemiro

L'Heritage, The Royale Chulan KL

The Olive, Maxims Genting Hotel

Kofuku Japanese Restaurant, Seri Pacific Hotel KL

Senja, The Saujana Hotel KL

The Pomelo, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

New Orleans Bar and Grill, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

West Lake Garden, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Al-Amar, Pavillion KL

Grill 582 by Best Western Premier Dua Sentral

Five Sen5es, The Westin KL

Qba Latin Bar and Grill, The Westin KL

Prego, The Westin KL

The great chefs that works all day and night just to provide divine food for all of us. You deserve our respects as you all did a great job dedicating yourself to the passionate food for the festival.
And the party continues...

Ever wanted to try the food above? Taste MIGF 2013 is here for you! If you missed it, mark your date for 27,28 & 29 September 2013! Its something not to be missed by any food enthusiast.

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More details about festival news, festival menus and festival offers are available on MIGF webpage

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