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A Fiery Finisher
MIGF 2014 Awards & Celebration Party
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A red hot affair - one of the most memorable finales ever!

Attended by over 1,000 VIPs - including royalty, 23 foreign ambassadors, celebrities, captains of industry and international food writers - the MIGF Awards and Celebration Party, signalling the finale of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2014, was an explosive affair. Smoke, flame, red hot dancers, magical tricks and glittering awards ceremonies made it one of the most memorable finales ever - a fitting and relaxing end to a month of scintillating dining, wonderful Festival togetherness and countless servings of Festival Menus.


Guests feasting within the enchanting Taman Mahsuri

Surrounded by green foliage and trickling water features, the Taman Mahsuri atrium within the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur took on the appearance of an enchanted garden, while the adjacent ballroom was an even more lavish affair with giant candelabras, pristine white tables and an imposing stage flanked by huge LED screens.
 


Rows of dazzling candelabras lead the way to the main stage where the Awards presentation took place

In keeping with the Festival theme of 'Red Hot Chefs!', the event began with fearless fire-eaters entering the atrium while twirling flaming batons and swallowing flames whole. Next to come were the stars of the show - the Festival Chefs of MIGF, walking out onto the stage to much fanfare and presenting a picture of happy camaraderie - until eight 'chefs' broke forward, threw off their chefs' garb and transformed into red hot dancers. The crowd broke into excited applause! 


Fire-eaters and red hot dancers set the venue ablaze as this year's line-up of Festival Chefs took to the stage

Another surprise was in store as master magician Moudini - also disguised as a chef - burst forth, setting the Festival Magazine on fire before turning the flames into a shower of red chillies and doves. A black-curtained box was then wheeled onstage, and with a huge bang and a burst of bright flame, MIGF Organising Chairman Dato' Steve Day appeared.


Moudini transforming crackling flames into spicy chillies!
 


Arriving with an unexpected bang - Dato' Steve under a shower of sparks

After more tricks from the mischievous Moudini - including cameo appearances by two ducks! - many laughs were had as Dato’ Steve was cajoled back in the box and – inconceivably – shrunk until his head and feet were less than an arm’s length apart! 
 

An apprehensive Dato' Steve looks at the audience as master magician Moudini crawls underneath his shrunken body.
 


Dato' Steve getting his own back - the wallet containing Moudini's performance fee bursts into flames!

However, once restored to full height, Dato' Steve thanked the Red Hot Chefs, fire eaters, dancers and the magical Moudini before going on to praise the 'collective effort' of all the Festival Restaurants, Festival Sponsors, Media Partners and Festival diners in making MIGF 2014 such a success.

“Let the party begin!” he declared, and so it did as all parties do – with good food, drink, and good friends. Tantalising aromas wafted through the air from the stations of traditional Malaysian cuisine courtesy of the Vision Four Media Group, enticing long lines of hungry guests to sample the offerings and rediscover their appreciation for Malaysian food from each state of the country. A lively Latin band, energetic salsa dancers and free-flowing drinks made sure it was a long night of continuous revelry.

 


A culinary journey around Malaysia featuring traditional favourites from each state


Red Hot MIGF dancers sizzled away and shook the party up

It was soon time, however, for the main event – the MIGF Awards Ceremony. Besides the hardworking Festival Chefs, all aspects of the participating restaurants were honoured, from the menu and marketing down to the quality of service and the best value offers. An average of six restaurants were recognised per category, save the Special MIGF Festival Awards, the Chef Congeniality and the Golden Cauldron award, which only had one winner each.


Tunku Naquiyuddin presents the red hot Festival Chefs with their commemorative medals


Receiving their golden statuettes from Tunku Naquiyuddin 

Accompanied by Dato’ Steve Day, Festival Royal Patron Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar presented the gleaming golden statuettes to the winners, shaking their hands and smiling as they thrust their prizes jubilantly into the air – raucously cheered on by their ecstatic supporters, delighted at having their efforts during the Festival recognised by judges and the public alike. 


Chef Robert Johnston of Charcoal savouring his moment in the limelight


It's their time to shine!

The coveted Chef Congeniality Award was presented to the most admired and amiable Festival Chef as voted by his peers – which turned out to be the jovial Chef Valmurugan Subramaniam of Samplings On The Fourteenth. The normally excitable Chef Val was reduced to happy tears as he accepted the brilliant trophy from Tunku Naquiyuddin, enthusiastically applauded by the other chefs who voted for him.

"I am amazed and proud that my fellow chefs should vote for me,” said the popular Chef Val.


The affectionately nicknamed 'Chef Val' is Chef Congeniality, MIGF 2014!


Resorts World Genting was the biggest winner of the night with 25 Gold Awards,
Mr Edward Arthur Holloway receiving the MIGF Special Award for Most Outstanding Marketing of the Festival

The best was saved for last – the Golden Cauldron Award, which honoured the Best All-Round Restaurant in MIGF. All restaurants had performed splendidly, but there could only be one winner; finally announced as Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie. The trophy was almost as tall as Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille herself, but she bore it aloft with pride as a shower of confetti erupted over her, celebrating her triumph as her supporters screamed themselves hoarse with in delight.

The modest Chef Nathalie, an MIGF regular for the past few years, was a popular winner. "I'm so proud of my team,” said the petite French maestro. "Nothing would have been possible without them. This is such a fantastic honour and a great moment for us all,” she said amid tears of joy.


An overjoyed Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille being presented with the Golden Cauldron Award

After Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille was presented with the towering trophy, her excited team rushed forward to make an impromptu appearance on the stage, screaming themselves hoarse amid the applause of assembled Festival Chefs and cheers of the VIP audience.


Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille and her ecstatic team from Cuisine Gourmet by Nathalie


We did our restaurants proud! The jubilant Red Hot Chefs of the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival 2014

The celebrations continued well into the night as the curtain fell on MIGF 2014, a perfect end to a month of culinary creativity. Look out for MIGF 2015 - it only gets better from here!


Hilton Kuala Lumpur team with their gold awards
 
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