From the KDU training kitchen to a real competition |

From the KDU training kitchen to a real competition

35 student chefs from KDU Penang did their best at the 15th Battle of the Chefs (BOTC) on the 22-25 October 2014 at Penang SPICE.

The 4 day cooking extravaganza saw more than 1000 chefs across the world including those from Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, India, China, Japan and Croatia showing off their culinary skills to the best.

KDU student chefs again demonstrated their professionalism by winning 58 prizes in 14 categories including team and individual categories. There were a total of 1 gold, 2 silver, 30 bronze and 25 diplomas obtained.

Among the proud winners was Ang Cheh Hua, our second year student studying Diploma in Professional Chef Training who won a gold medal for his Trio Pasta under the pasta category, bronze for Asian Team Restaurant category and Lamb category as well as a diploma for the fish category.

Ang said that he started planning and training three weeks before the competition. He was thankful to his lecturers for their guidance and advice especially spending extra hours after class to discuss and improvise their creations. Ang further explained that this was his first attempt to take part in BOTC, thus he wasn’t too confident in winning prizes but more so to gain experiences through such events.

Another outstanding contestant from KDU was Hong Che Ming who is also a second year student studying Diploma in Professional Chef Training.  He bagged 1 silver and 3 bronze in lamb, poultry, fish as well as fruit and vegetable carving respectively. Hong credited his success to his lecturers, teammates and family members as they have given him invaluable encouragement and support when he encountered all the challenges.

“This competition has inspired and given me the courage to go further. I will continue to take part in other competitions, to gain more experience.” Hong expounded that the competition has widened his knowledge and cooking techniques especially through interaction with other competitors and judges. “Chef Otto Weibel was one of the well-respected judges during BOTC. He commented on my food and cooking techniques which I will surely remember and apply in my future attempts.”

The lecturer in-charge, Chef Muhamad Faizal was thrilled with his students’ success and congratulated the team for these remarkable results. He explained that this was the first time for all his students to take part in BOTC and competed alongside so many talented chefs across the world. He is proud of their achievements and all the hard work has really paid off.

Chef Faizal said that hands-on experiences and relevant exposures are very important for students especially in the field of culinary arts. This is the reason KDU Penang focuses a lot on outcome based syllabus, give ample exposure for the students to learn out of the best and well-prepared for all sort of challenges, technically and mentally.

Interested to be the next big chef?  Call 04-2386368 or visit us at the campus for more information about Culinary Arts. We are now open for the January 2015 intake.