KDU College Penang’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts students shine in international competitions

Students from KDU Penang's School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts emerged victorious, yet again, at two recent international competitions held in Busan, Korea and Pattaya, Thailand, on 25 - 26 July 2013 and 6 – 8 August 2013, respectively.

In late July, six KDU Penang – IMI Swiss Hospitality students were selected to represent not only KDU Penang but the city of Georgetown, Penang at the Tourism Universiade Student Travel Exchange Project (STEP) 2013 held at Tongmyong University of Busan City, South Korea. The team comprising Pon Jo Yi and Wong Yuen Yan emerged Champions in the Tourism Product Planning Category. Their entry "The Invincible Youth Adventures – 4 Days, 3 Nights Penang Tourism Package" that touted Penang's rich cultural heritage, focusing on the distinct Hakka Village, indigenous British-colonized heritage sites and mouth-watering Penang street food, clearly won the panel of judges over.

Another team comprising Tan Hui Min Sutton and Ng Zhi Yi took home the Best Metropolitan Award in the same category with their "Penang - The Cosmopolitan Heart of the Northern Region Malaysia" proposal that highlighted Penang's vast array of heritage and modern architecture buildings.

Ms. Cindy Loh, the Department Head for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts was delighted with her students' achievements. "It was a very educational trip and an eye opener for the students as it was their very first visit to East Asia. Generating tourism ideas of international standard and appeal has always been one of the main program outcomes of our hospitality and tourism program and the students' success in the TPO in Korea showcased their outstanding quality even amongst international peers. The main winners, Jo Yi and Yuen Yan were also invited to the 6th General Assembly in Daejon, Korea for the International Conference and University Students proposal competition held on the 4-7 September 2013." said Ms. Cindy Loh.

In early August, KDU Penang's culinary team comprising Celebrity Chef and Senior Lecturer, Chef Darren Tan and F&B Instructor, Chef Chuah Lay Yen, along with Sean Lim – KDU Penang's alumnus and two other members of the Chefs Association of Penang did the college and Penang proud by emerging silver medalists in the seafood category at the Pattaya Culinary Cup 2013, held in Pattaya, Thailand.

Enthused Chef Darren Tan, a regular contestant at world culinary competitions who was extremely pleased with KDU Penang's excellent performance, "We are very honoured to be part of this competition. We always appreciate new challenges and see it as a learning platform to continuously develop ourselves in the international arena."

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