MAH President Sam Cheah is upbeat about Culinaire Malaysia 2017 which has more international participation, new competitions and 19 awards up for grabs.

Culinaire Malaysia 2017aims to uplift culinary art to the next level, while showcasing he talents and skills of chefs and F&B service associates. This prestigious culinary event taking place from 26 to 29 September at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, is a collaboration between the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Professional Chefs Associations (PCA) and Malaysian Food & Beverage Executives Associaition (MFBEA).

“Past shows have shown Culinaire Malaysia has grown to be internationally recognized as indicated by the endorsement of the World Chefs Societies (WACS) and the International Food & Beverage Association (IFBA),”
said Sam Cheah Swee Hee, President of MAH at the Press conference for Culinaire Malaysia 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently.

“Culinary teams from around the region are coming to vie for the prestigious awards and we are pleasantly surprised by the fervent participation from among others, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.”
Taiwan is sending the largest international contingent of 228 participants, with 35 from Singapore, 32 from Korea, 12 from Indonesia, 10 from Thailand, 8 from Brunei, 3 from Australia, 2 from China and 1 each from Cambodia and Vietnam.

A total of 1,175 entries have been received for the event. This year’s Culinaire Malaysia will see new competition categories. These include the Malaysian Global Chefs Challenge 2017 which is open to hotels, catering service, culinary schools and restaurants. “The winner will be representing Malaysia in the Worldchefs Global Chefs Challenge during Worldchefs Congress 2018.

“Another new competition to look forward to is the MLA Golden Bull Culinary Challenge MLA. It is the first ever Australian beef and lamb competition that features the versatility of Australian beef and lamb for Asian and Western cuisine. Professional chefs will be taking part in it,” said Cheah.

Nineteen awards are up for grabs at Culinaire Malaysia, including Malaysia Junior Tiger Cup, Nyonya Heritage Team Challenge Trophy, MLA Golden Bull Challenge Trophy, Outstanding Malaysia Global Chef 2017 and Worldchefs President Ambassador Liaison Asia, among others. These will be decided on by 100 local and international judges.
Also present at the Culinaire Malaysia Press conference were Alun Jones, General Manager, Malaysian Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd and organiser of Food & Hotel Malaysia 2017 (FHM), Hisham Jaafar, Executive Chef of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Rick Chee, Managing Director, F&B Facilities Sdn Bhd, Hisham Tan Abdullah, President, Malaysian Food & Beverages Executives Association (MFBEA) and Chef Mohd Kamaruddin Adnin, President, Professional Culinaire Association (PCA).