i-CATS Budding Chefs Excel in Ethnic Sarawak Cuisine Competition

Article by Stanley Gona

Senior Manager, Corporate Services, PPKS

The students of the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme at the International College of Advanced Technology Sarawak (i-CATS) have every reason to celebrate, with three teams winning the top three spots for the Ethnic Sarawak Cuisine competition (Team Event) during the recent Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Held from 27 to 29 April 2018, the Culinary Challenge was part of the Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival (SHFF) 2018 which was co-organised by the Sarawak Cultural Village and The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, and supported by the Kuching Chefs Association.

The competition was open to all amateur/professional chefs and cooks from hotels, restaurants, home and industrial catering services as well as students from vocational and training institutes and institutions of higher learning. A total of eight institutions/organizations joined the competition, which was divided into fourteen (14) classes. For class 13 (Ethnic Sarawak Cuisine), the top three winners are: Gold medal (i-CATS Team: Sylvestian Anak Juis, Christdary Anak John Sabadurai and Claire Benit), Silver medal (i-CATS Team: Barrun Mustapha, Gerard Soon and Muhd Farhan bin Heazami) and Bronze medal (i-CATS Team: Muhd Harith Hazaril, Andrew Jawan and Harris Ilham). For class 5 (Sarawak Hawker Food - Modern Sarawak Laksa), another i-CATS student Yasri Bin Tahip won the Bronze medal.

During an Appreciation Ceremony for the students, i-CATS CEO Mr. Mohamad Isham bin Fauzi highlighted that the competition was a wonderful opportunity for the students to utilize their knowledge and culinary skills to craft various culinary delights. The competition also enabled the students to thrive under pressure. This would go a long way to prepare them for careers in culinary arts.

For more information on programmes offered by i-CATS, visit the i-CATS West Campus at Jalan Stampin Timur, Kuching or call 082-570888/451533. Enquiries may be sent via WhatsApp (019-8102290) or e-mail (info@icats.edu.my). Information can also be obtained from i-CATS’s website: www.icats.edu.my.