i-CATS’s Budding Chefs Organize Culinary Arts Showcase
Ingredients for Success: Blend of Solid Culinary & Business Skills, Creative Passion and Nutrition Knowledge
Article by Stanley Gona
Senior Manager, Corporate Services, PPKS
Recently, the semester four students of the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme at the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) organized a culinary arts showcase for the benefit of fellow students, college staff members, and guests.
Aptly themed “Farm-to-Table Dining Experience”, the lunch event was held in the Restaurant Lab at the i-CATS West Campus in Kuching. As part of the planning process, the students crafted a menu comprising an appetizer (Waldorf Salad), Soup (Corn Chowder), Entrée (Chicken Kiev served with Honey Roasted Carrots and Duchess Potatoes), and Dessert (Chocolate Brownies Parfait with Salted Caramel Sauce). The special drink of the day was the Blackcurrant Apple Mocktail. The students also had to work out the relevant costs in organizing the event and ensure that wastage would be kept to a minimum.
Among the VIPs present at the event were Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong (Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Sarawak), YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Dato Haji Husain (Chairman, Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS) & President, i-CATS), YBhg. Datu Sudarsono Osman (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research, Sarawak), Mr. Hallman bin Sabri (Executive Director, PPKS) and Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi (CEO, i-CATS). The VIPs, who happened to be at i-CATS for a meeting, were invited for lunch at the Restaurant Lab. i-CATS is a subsidiary company of Pusat Pembangunan Kemahiran Sarawak (PPKS).
With regard to the event Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi, CEO of i-CATS commented that the students were quick to appreciate the wide-ranging duties of a Culinary Professional, encompassing far more than whipping up an assortment of culinary delights. He added that to excel, one must have a harmonious blend of solid culinary and business skills, creative passion and nutrition knowledge.
Chef Marry Tracy, one of i-CATS’s Chef Lecturers and Mentor for the Event, highlighted that the lunch event, a compulsory component of the Food and Beverage Operation subject, was an important step to prepare students for a wide range of careers in hotels, resorts, fine-dining establishments, food service operations, etc. She also shared that the students felt a sense of pride as they transformed seemingly ordinary looking ingredients into a range of culinary delights.
For more information on the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme, members of the public are invited to visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.
VIPs enjoying the lunch