Oh! Well! KL finally has a Signature Mocktail it can be proud of now aptly named “Teh Malaya”. This was announced at the closing of KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015 with Muhammad Rushdi picked as the winner of KL Signature Mocktail competition.
The winning mocktail was truly a local concoction which is tea based infused with cinnamon and sweetened with pandan leaves. According to Muhammad Rushdi, besides being able to have the mocktail anytime of the day it also has its health benefits as it can reduce cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels.
Judging of the competition was handled by Miss Julie Wong, The Star daily’s esteemed food editor, Mr Ash, a Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender finalist and formerly of Frangipani and Bakita and now at Nobu KL and Mr Shawn Chong, the talented co-owner of Omakase + Appreciate. Shawn is known to have created the exotic Malaysian inspired masterpiece “Pandan & Lemon” mocktail.
Lastly Mr James Barker who moved to Malaysia from London two years ago, and is currently working as the Head Bartender at Ril’s Bar Bangsar, His preferred style spans from contemporary and classic mocktails to creating signature libations drawing influence from both Asian and Western cuisine.
KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015, 3-day food fest was officiated by Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Sultanah Hajjah Haminah during its Grand Launch on Friday and proudly presented by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Culture.
It featured 20 international and local chefs cooking 119 recipes and on the “Padang” there were 8 food Villages serving over 200 types of food prepared by over 100 vendors. The 8 Food Villages included Negeri, Warisan, Mayor’s Courtyard, Dulang, Samplings, Food Trucks, with Warung and Manisan coming out tops in the popularity stakes.
The line-up of the chefs included Michelin- star Chef Christian Mettermeier, Chef Norman Musa, Chef Andrew Nutter, Chef Claire Ptak, Chef Will Meyrick, Chef Cyril Rouquet and local chefs including Datuk Chef Wan Ismail, Dato’ Chef Ismail Ahmad, Chef Florence Tan, Chef Jochen Kern, Chef Malcolm Goh, Chef Firdaus Hanan, Chef Dr Ezani, Chef Izyan Hani, Chef Anis Nabila, Chef Darren Chin and Chef Kamarul, plus Chef Adu Amran and Chef Isadora Chai took centre stage as the real “stars” of the festival. Each illustrious chef captured their audience with unique presentations during both their demonstrations and workshops much to the satisfaction of their food fans.
Daily food talks at the Festival was by Bondan Winarno (leading Indonesian Food Reviewer & Television Presenter) on similarities in the so-called “national cuisines” of Malaysia and Indonesia, Dr. Halijah Binti Ibrahim (Professor at Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, UM) presented the health benefits and medicinal uses of ginger and Datin Nik Radiah Nik Hassan (Editor-in-chief of Garden in Asia) spoke on cooking with ginger.
The KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015 organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Culture had attracted many Malaysian corporate and international brand sponsorships namely Malaysia Airlines, Elextrolux, Gas Petronas, Sam Groceria, Mercedes Cycle & Carriage, Majestic Hotel, Christofle Paris, KL Arch Gallery and KL Hop On Hop Off with a total value of the sponsorships up to RM1.5 million.
For more information about Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival 2015, please visit www.klbigkitchen.com