Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur announces that Shang Palace Chinese Executive Chef Tan Kim Weng has been named Tunglok Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year at the 2014 Awards of Excellence at the 18th World Gourmet Summit held in Singapore on 5 April 2014.
The Awards of Excellence World Gourmet Series recognises the best in the food and beverage industry. Chef Tan received the award from Mr Andrew Tjioe, executive chairman of the Tunglok Group, at the event’s closing ceremony.
Chef Tan bested four Michelin-starred and celebrity chefs in the final round. The other finalists included Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation and Law On of Fook Lam Moon in Hong Kong, Ip Chi Cheung of Summer Palace at Shangri-La Hong Kong and David Thomson of Nahm in Bangkok.
Inaugurated in 2001, the World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence acknowledges the efforts of key players in the food and beverage industry who deliver the best dining experience and products to their guests. It is organised by A La Carte Productions (a subsidiary of Peter Knipp Holdings Pte Ltd) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.
For the Tunglok Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year Regional category, the award recognises an individual who is directly involved in restaurant operations and demonstrates a high level of talent and creativity in preparing Asian-inspired cuisine.
“I feel very proud that a Malaysian has won this prestigious award,” said Chef Tan. “I must thank the good team effort of the kitchen and service staff of Shang Palace.”
Chef Tan went through a stringent selection process after being nominated for the award. The evaluation process included two rounds of voting that were open to both the public and a select group of food and beverage professionals. Each round was subject to a review by the industry’s key decision makers. Finalists were determined at the end of the two rounds. The winner was selected based on his or her merits and at the final review.