Friday, November 17, 2017

The Ultimate Cook-Off @ Vasco's Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Wootz.... it's not often we get to meet the kitchen bosses! Last night, we had the opportunity to meet not one but seven master chefs vying for the "Crowd Favourite" dish of the evening at the Ultimate Cook-Off for members of public and media at Vasco's Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Besides savouring an impressive buffet showcase of delicious selection of Asian and international favourites, the highlight of the evening definitely was the signature dishes from Vasco's Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Western and desserts station presented by the seven talented master chefs.

Vasco's an award winning restaurant features an innovative all day dining restaurant with an al fresco urban park feel. The name Vasco's derived from Vasco De Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea which had long been the source of spices in demand amongst European aristocracy offers guests a new and revamped menu allowing diners to immerse themselves  and be part of the navigator's journey as he goes back to his roots on a new age travel through the world of modern cooking at Vasco's. The restaurant's all day dining menu offers an array of mouth-watering selection of dishes from intriguing mains, fresh seafood and authentic ingredients, while dining in its futuristic silver interiors, wooden silhouettes and the ever friendly and attentive service staff.

The Ultimate Cook-Off sets the scene for an engaging and interactive cooking presentation that appeal to folks of all ages and cultural background. Seven master chefs behind Hilton's Kuala Lumpur's culinary scene go head to head and battle out to showcase their two signature dishes at Vasco's.
We were each given 20 voting tickets to vote for our favourite dish with three specially invited judges. The "Crowd Favourite" dish will be made available for three months on Vasco's menu.

The participating Master Chefs and their signature dishes are :

Chef Lam Hock Hin, Executive Chinese Chef from Chynna - Eight treasures vegetables with abalone sauce and Oyster blade served with butterfly bun.


 Chef Ricky Kamishi, Executive Japanese Chef from Ikiteru - Maguro tataki and Temaki hand rolls.

Executive Chef Michael Donlevy and Chef Suhalmi Md Tasir from Vasco's - Homemade pasta aglio olio and Braised beef cheeks & potato mousseline.

The master of spice, Chef Leo Michael - Kebabs with papdi chat and Bel Poori.

Chef Jamsari Mohd from the Malay section - Beef bone marrow Assam pedas and Penang laksa with crackers.

Chef Brett Muller, Executive Pastry Chef - Sugar snap cones with mango & passion fruit Espuma and Vanilla custard filled doughnuts. 

And the winning dish is ............................... *drum rolls* Chef Suhalmi Md Tasir from Vasco's with his homemade pasta aglio olio.The fresh and tasty al dente pasta was delicious and flavoursome.

While the gloves are on and the battle carried on, despite the friendly kitchen rivalry, all seven master chefs have known each other for years and are known to support one another as peers not competitors who share in the culinary philosophy.
Photo opportunity with MC Fiqrie. 

Experience the new and improved buffet at Vasco’s. The Vasco’s buffet lunch is priced at RM140 nett and buffet dinner at RM158 nett. For reservations or enquiry, please call 03 2264 2262 or visit

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