In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the culinary world witnessed a remarkable display of talent and skill at Culinaire 2023, a prestigious event organized by the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) in collaboration with the Professional Culinaire Association of Malaysia (PCA) and The Malaysian Food and Beverage Executives Association (MFBEA). Amidst the culinary maestros and gastronomic innovators from around the globe, SEGi College Penang’s final-year student, Ben Ooi Kok Keong, emerged as a beacon of excellence, capturing the silver medal in Class 20 Apprentice Fish Main Course (Western Cuisine).
Ben’s achievement at Culinaire 2023 not only adds a feather to his cap but also brings pride and glory to SEGi College Penang. Trained under the meticulous guidance of the esteemed chef lecturer, Mr. Muhammad Yazid bin Ani, Ben’s success is a testament to the college’s commitment to nurturing culinary talents and empowering them to compete on an international platform.
The competition, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 19th to 22nd September 2023, attracted a staggering 1200 participants and 100 professional judges hailing from various corners of the world. Culinaire has long been regarded as one of the most coveted culinary competitions in Southeast Asia, setting the stage for the best of the best to showcase their culinary prowess.
Ben’s achievement reflects not only his individual dedication and skill but also the comprehensive training and mentorship provided by SEGi College Penang. The college’s focus on practical training, creativity, and attention to detail prepared Ben to face the challenges of a global culinary arena. His success underscores the college’s commitment to providing a world-class education and nurturing culinary talents that stand out in the competitive world of gastronomy.
SEGi College Penang’s accomplishment at Culinaire 2023 is not merely a victory; it is a testament to the institution’s vision and dedication in shaping the future of culinary arts. The college’s ability to inspire and produce talents like Ben Ooi Kok Keong highlights its standing as a premier institution in culinary education. As SEGi College Penang continues to shine on international platforms, it reaffirms its commitment to excellence and serves as an inspiration to aspiring chefs, setting the standard for culinary education in the region.
In celebrating Ben’s achievement, SEGi College Penang stands tall, not just as an institution of learning but as a crucible of culinary brilliance, shaping the future of gastronomy, one student at a time.