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Master Chefs From Around the World Dazzled at Gastronomique Adventure

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Malaysia, 14th August 2017

SHAH ALAM, 6 August 2017 – In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of its School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA), KDU University College hosted a culinary fundraising charity event Gastronomique Adventure, in aid of the Food Aid Foundation and World Chefs Without Borders (WCWB), a humanitarian aid initiative by The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS).

This event delivered an extraordinary culinary adventure prepared on-site by 12 international Master Chefs, who are the main committee members of WACS or WorldChefs. Making their official debut in Malaysia, KDU University College is proud to host this prestigious event. KDU is also the first tertiary educational institute in Malaysia to host the main committee members of WACS and WCWB.

The concept that was showcased was unique by any standards whereby the guests were brought from station (kitchen) to station (kitchen) to savour the signature delicacies created by these international Master Chefs. The 12 international Master Chefs who showcased their signature dishes were –

  1. Chef Willment Leong – Thailand/Singapore (Chairman – WCWB);
  2. Chef Thomas Gugler – Saudi Arabia/Germany (President – World Association of Chef Societies);
  3. Chef Yau Kok Kheong – Malaysia
  4. Chef Arni Arnorsson- Iceland
  5. Chef Tony Khoo – Singapore
  6. Chef Mak Kam Kui – Hong Kong
  7. Chef Ray Mccue – USA
  8. Chef Jozef Oseli – Slovenia
  9. Chef Oliver Esser Soe Thet – Myanmar/Germany
  10. Chef Cornelia Volino – Canada
  11. Chef Christos Gkotsis –Greece
  12. Chef Tony Chang – Taiwan

There were close to 600 guests who joined the festivities. All of the School’s chef lecturers, Food and Beverage and the Management lecturers together with their Culinary and Management students were on hand to assist these Master Chefs in their dishes and in operational matters to make it an out of this world experience to be involved in such an international event. The proceeds of the event will be channelled to Food Aid Foundation and WCWB, and later to be redistributed to charity or welfare organisations, refugee schools and communities, soup kitchens, the destitute and the differently-abled communities locally. Globally, it will also be used to provide education and resources to those in need and who are afflicted by natural disasters.

Panegyrising SHTCA in hosting this significant and charitable event, Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College commented, “This is an evening banquet with exquisite dishes, prepared by master chefs hailing from all over the world, in the effort to help the needy and to give back to the community – there is no better way of encapsulating, defining and commemorating SHTCA’s 30th anniversary.”

Mr Heinz Buerki, President of IMI Switzerland conveyed his congratulatory remarks to this joint efforts by saying, “I am proud to see the charities supported by World Chefs Without Borders and Food Aid Foundation. IMI would be delighted to invite the World Chefs Without Borders to plan a similar event in IMI, Switzerland as we believe in supporting global worthwhile charitable organizations.” This year, KDU University College celebrates its 20th anniversary collaboration with IMI as partner school.

“To give is better than to take, we are World Chefs Without Borders!” Chef Willment Leong, Committee Chairman of World Chefs Without Borders shared his thoughts for this initiative. Mr Rick Chee, co-founder of Food Aid described their role for this initiative, “Our role is to connect the world of waste to the world of wants.”  

Mr Bonnie Lopez, Head of SHTCA added, “It is a privilege to be play host to this Charity event and having the Master Chefs of World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) in KDU to share their expertise in food preparation within the School.” He also thanked all sponsors who had come forward for this event and hope that it would be a good experience for the students of the School.

As testimony to KDU’s dedication and commitment to its brand and academic excellent, the institution was recently awarded The BrandLaureate Most Sustainable Brand Award 2016-2017 for Brand Excellence in the Education – Private University College category. To find out how you can hit the ground running with KDU University College, log on to or call 03-5565 0538 (KDU University College, Utropolis, Glenmarie) / 03-7953 6688 (KDU College, Damansara Jaya).


About KDU University College

KDU has over 32 years of history and experience and believes in providing real world education to meet real world needs, and has traditionally, been successful in producing competent graduates and preparing students for top universities all over the world.

Established in 1983, and a pioneer in Malaysian private education, KDU was one of the first private colleges in Malaysia to have its own purpose-built campus. KDU College then, was awarded the university college status in 2010 – a reflection of its quality programmes, and the growth of its international student population.

KDU University College and KDU College are members of Paramount Education, a fully-integrated education services provider for primary, secondary, tertiary, and postgraduate level studies as well as executive and professional development programmes.


KDU’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) was established in 1987 and through its 30 years of tertiary education experience has provided students with an international experience, allowing them to achieve a global outlook be it during or after their studies.

Students develop an acute appreciation for hands on training on theoretical and practical aspects of the Hospitality Industry. As an added value, Entrepreneurial skills are also acquired upon graduation through their relevant international study and work experience, and this benefits their personal development and future career.

About Food Aid Foundation

Food Aid Foundation is a food bank that rescues and collects surplus food from the supply chain and redistributes it to charity/welfare organisations, refugee schools and communities, soup kitchens, the destitute and the differently-abled community. Besides rescuing surplus food, the Food Aid Foundation is active with their emergency relief work, working in the state of Kelantan annually during when the floods affect the populace. Their aim is to eliminate hunger and providing nutritious meals to the poor and needy.

Being the first food bank in Malaysia that rescues perishable and non-perishable surplus food, the Food Aid Foundation operates daily and has rescued 187 tonnes of food in 2016 and more than 140 charity/welfare homes and needy families have benefitted from its efforts.

To know more about Food Aid Foundation, please contact Cik Hayati Ismail at [email protected] or call 603-9226 5500.

About World Chefs without Borders

Worldchefs without Borders (WCWB) is a global humanitarian aid initiative by The World Association of Chefs Societies (Worldschefs). Its mission is to support and mobilize its global chef network to undertake initiatives to provide education and resources to those in need and who are afflicted by natural disasters.

Its programs fit into four key focus areas. Through the Emergency Task Force chefs work with local rescue units, mobile kitchens and other local programmes.  In the Relief Program, operated with logistical support of Electrolux and AIESEC, chefs assist victims and aid teams in disaster-struck areas.

The Development Program allows chefs to assist with the establishment of training programs and infrastructure development. Chef Ambassadors coordinate events to grow awareness and/or raise funds for WCWB.

To know more about Chef without Borders, please visit

Media enquiries               

Wafri Zaeem bin Mohamad Yusof

Executive – Public Relations, Marketing Communications

KDU University College

Telephone : +603 – 5565 0509   

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