Time Out KL Food Awards 2012

Winners unveiled as industry celebrates the best dining experiences in the Klang Valley

Online PR News – 07-December-2012 – Kuala Lumpur – 27 November 2012, Kuala Lumpur: The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards took place tonight, revealing winners in 20 categories from more than 50,000 votes cast. Now in its fourth year, the 100% reader voted awards involve more Malaysians than any other food event in the country, and there was a mix of new faces and old favourites among the winners.

Acme Bar & Coffee took an extremely competitive New Restaurant of the Year Award, while Chef Garth Welsh of The Westin Kuala Lumpur was voted the Outstanding Chef of the Year at the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012. The Best Fine Dining Restaurant Award was taken home by PRIME, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, while Benjamin Yong won the Restaurateur of the Year.

This year, the Time Out KL Food Awards had fierce competition in three new categories, Best Banana Leaf, Best Cheap Eats and Best European. Kanna Curry House was voted the Best Banana Leaf in KL while Nasi Kandar Pelita was voted as the Best Cheap Eats, and El Cerdo took home the award for Best European.

The Time Out KL Food Awards celebrate hard work and excellence in Malaysian cuisine from high-end restaurants to hawker fare, and continue to create a key talking point among the food industry here, resulting in higher standards in cuisine, service and gastronomic innovation in Kuala Lumpur. The European luxury beer brand Kronenbourg1664 was the presenting partner for this year’s awards ceremony, which enjoyed more than 50,000 votes over a three month voting period.

More than 400 of the most accomplished and respected names in the KL gastronomic scene attended the awards at Zebra Square to find out the winning kitchens, restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs and to applaud their peers in 20 different categories.

Winners were chosen from shortlists in 20 categories, which were selected after an initial round of public voting – every outlet involved in the awards was chosen by real KLites who nominated their favourites and then selected a winner from the shortlist between August and October on www.timeoutkl.com

The guests were entertained by the talented Karen Nunis and her band while they sipped on Kronenbourg1664, Asahi Super Dry, Grimbergen, Cape Mantelle Shiraz and Sauvignon Semillion, Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial and Spritzer and snacked on delicious canapés and cakes by Humble Beginnings. The awards were presented by local radio host and emcee Alison Victor.

The aim of the awards is not only to recognise the best in KL’s dining scene, it is also to show that culinary excellence exists across the Klang Valley and that the public’s opinion matters. Since its launch, Time Out Kuala Lumpur has strongly supported the dining scene in the city, by featuring new restaurants, championing old establishments and offering honest and independent reviews. Time Out critics always pay for their own meals, creating a culture of trustworthy food journalism. These awards are another example of how the magazine places food at its heart and encourages its readers to eat out more often and enjoy the incredible array of wonderful eateries in KL, from the humble mamak stall to the fancy five-star restaurant.

Time Out KL Editor Lim Chee Wah said, “Time Out magazine is firmly established in over 40 cities around the world. Many of these have their own Food Awards but here in Kuala Lumpur, ours is one of the biggest in the world. It’s wonderful to be able to put KL on the map as the top class food destination it is. However, the real purpose of the night is to acknowledge and acclaim the chefs and restaurateurs who work so hard for KLites, making us the food we eat three times – or more – a day. Every one of the attendees tonight have received many votes and have a warm place in the hearts of KLites. Tonight, we at Time Out KL salute them and urge them to keep up their outstanding efforts into 2013 and beyond.”

After the awards were announced, Mr. Matt Bellotti, Chief Content Officer, Mongoose Publishing, the publishers of Time Out Kuala Lumpur said, “These awards reward and celebrate dining excellence in the Klang Valley. They are the result of tens of thousands of votes cast by the cosmopolitan citizens of Kuala Lumpur. They are one of the biggest independent people’s choice awards and you can see that from the excitement and warm smiles of all concerned. Just reaching the Shortlist has been an epic achievement and the eventual winners will have received literally thousands of thumbs up... and deservedly so! The dining culture in KL is so vibrant and exciting. We’re honoured to be able to pass on the thanks and respect of those who eat out in KL to the people who make it possible.”

“We are delighted the Awards have generated much interest and created a lot of enthusiasm among diners and restaurateurs judging from the number of participants. We are happy to be part of this programme to promote the diverse cuisines of this country and in the process promote Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia as a top gastronomic destination in the world,” said Soren Ravn, Managing Director, Carlsberg Malaysia.
Matthew Bellotti concluded the evening by thanking all the guests for coming and sharing in the celebrations, before noting, “All of this would not have been possible without the support of the partners, Carlsberg Malaysia, the sponsors Zebra Square, Moet Hennessey Diageo, Spritzer, Humble Beginnings and all the intelligent, opinionated readers, who took the time out to nominate their favourite restaurants."

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