The UOWMKDU School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) in the Selangor and Penang UC campuses had a packed calendar of activities this summer. Culinary staff and students came together in the Battle of the Chefs 2022 competition. There can be no better training ground than cooking under pressure in a competitive environment for budding chefs.
Image above: Sitting from left: Loo Xin Qian, Resyifa Mahayu Diaz, Ngui Yew Yee. Standing from left: Chef Hamiruddin, Tunku Habiki Farid, Cindy Loh (Head of SCHTCA), Ng Mun Yi.
For our hospitality students, what can be more exhilarating and mind opening than an annual immersion trip to Switzerland to experience first-hand the renowned Swiss hospitality. Our hospitality students were hosted at the campus of our partner institution, the International Management Institute to complete a module and were taken on trips to places of culinary interest.
To provide exposure for high schoolers to the culinary arts discipline, the SHTCA organised a Power Chef competition on the theme of Swiss cuisine. This event attracted a record 100 students from 25 high schools in the Klang Valley.
Battle of the Chefs 2022
Battle of The Chefs 2022 is a Penang State signature culinary competition organised by the Penang Chefs Association of Malaysia. It is endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) as a Continental Category Culinary Competition. This National Culinary Competition event is supported by the Malaysian Department of Skills Development, the Ministry of Human Resource, and many local authorities, agencies and organisations.
This year there were 369 entries from 40 organisations participating in the competition from 5th to 7th August 2022, attracting participants from not only throughout Malaysia but also from the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and USA.
The SHTCA regularly sends teams of staff and students to battle against peers and professionals from the industry. Participating in competitions builds confidence, experience and connections with the industry – opening up a whole new world of possibilities for our students.
Led and trained by Chef Chuah Lay Yen and Chef Darren Tan from the Penang UC and Chef Hamiruddin and Chef Fami from the Selangor UC, 23 culinary students from both campuses combined won 2 Golds, 4 Silvers, 7 Bronzes and 7 Diplomas in this culinary competition.
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