>> Saturday, November 1, 2014
What a night! It'll be one of the most memorable dinners in the year 2014 for The Ruthless Eater :D Dining amongst talented world-class chefs from our own home-ground, together with people with charitable hearts for those who are less fortunate in this world was just a privilege & honor.
The Charity Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the celebration of International Chef Day 2014 took place at the Cilantro Culinary Academy on the 18th of October 2014. This dinner was an initiative by the World Chefs without Borders, Chefs Association of Malaysia & Cilantro Culinary Academy. All funds raised at the dinner will support the work of caring matters by the World Chefs without Borders. Each guest contributes RM250.00nett for charity & in return, get to enjoy a sumptuous meal by world-class chefs from our own home-ground.
Themed "Cook with Love", every dish certainly featured the love of the chefs for the less fortunate in this world & their love for food as well! Allow me to share this lovely experience with you :)
Dinner kicked-off around 7:30 - 8:00p.m. with the salmon appetizer by Chef KK Yau. The fresh pieces (yes, not slices!) of salmon were served alongside marinated asparagus with vin jaune & borage. Frankly speaking, I don't even know what vin jaune & borage were until I Googled them up! Really lovely taste of freshness from the salmon & also the asparagus. I wish there was more! :P
Up next, guests were served Chef Eric Siew's "powerful" Fresh Prawn Bisque with Blue Swimmer Crab Timbale, Crispy Prawn & Truffle Leek Parcel topped with Avruga Caviar. Trust me, it was 'something not to be missed'! The taste of the prawn bisque was SO intense & fragrant, while the various textures from the Blue Swimmer Crab timbale (generously served in proportion with the bisque!), the crispy prawn & truffle leek parcel & exquisite avruga caviar just made playful, harmonious music in my mouth! I even 'cleaned' the dish with the oh-so-delicious-made-in-house-by-students artisan breads served throughout the night :D Well done, chef!
Fresh Prawn Bisque with Blue Swimmer Crab Timbale, Crispy Prawn & Truffle Leek Parcel topped with Avruga Caviar by Chef Eric Siew
It took me a while to complete my enjoyment of savoring the fresh prawn bisque dish, but there were more exciting dishes being served! Chef Rajesh Kanna coddled us in his entree of the delicate Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Hot Salted Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Caper Berries, Dehydrated Kalamata & Mustard Dressing. The wagyu beef slices just melts in your mouth *drools* As the mustard dressing & the kalamata were quite distinct in taste, it took away the raw taste of the thin beef slices, which some may find unpleasant. The hot salted smoked Mozarrella cheese & purple cabbage gave a good balance of texture & flavor to this simple dish as well. Just lovely.
As if it wasn't enough, the evening ended on a sweet note of Pralines. Ah, The Ruthless Eater was highly satisfied!
Thank you, chefs! What a fantastic job & a wonderful night of charity & enjoyment of good food! Malaysia is blessed to have such generous & talented chefs!
Looking forward to enjoy more of these amazing chefs' creation back at the hotels/restaurants where they work ;)
For more on...
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Cilantro Culinary Academy: Click Here
Chefs Association of Malaysia: Click Here/ FB
Reminiscing on the good food & fun,