I remember blogging about the Time Out KL Food Awards 2011, when I just started this blog. In fact it was my fifth post! How time flies. Last year I was at the awards night as one of the supporters for Sid’s Pubs, and the plus one for Frank. This year, I went there as one of the shortlisted bloggers, along with Wilson of PlacesandFoods and Sue Lynn of Bangsarbabe. Nominated or not, it was great to hang out with our friends again (almost the same bunch of people).
This year the event was held at Zebra Square KL. Remembering the horrible jam on the way there for another event, we had planned to leave the house super early. But because of the heavy rain (surprise, surprise) it took us nearly 2 hours to get there. Needless to say, most people were late as well due to the jam. It’s the story of KL Peepz’ lives.
(The Dress: La Femme, from GASP, Melbourne. I actually bought a size too small by mistake and couldn’t fit into it when I tried it on 2 weeks ago. By some sort of miracle, I just managed to squeeze into it that night. Crisis averted.)
There was a never ending flow of Kronenbourg1664, Asahi Super Dry, Grimbergen, Cape Mantelle Shiraz and Sauvignon Semillion, Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial and Spritzer (and we snacked on some delicious canapés and cakes by Humble Beginnings). After quite a bit of boozing and mingling, we made our way into the hall as the awards ceremony was about to start. Not wanting to miss the action we took the very front row. Yes I know, we are kiasu-lah!
Time Out KL Editor Lim Chee Wah welcomed the guests noting that as an International brand (in over 40 cities), many of them have their own Food Awards but ours is one of the biggest in the world. He also said that 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 had received many votes and have a warm place in the hearts of KLites. The Time Out KL crew saluted these nominees and urged everyone to keep up their outstanding efforts.
As usual, no time was wasted in handing out these awards and the highlight would be when the Best Pub Grub was announced, as our very own Sid’s Pubs was crowned the winner! Congratulations Geoff and Frank and well done (I’m still waiting for the celebration party).
Surprisingly they announced the Bloggers Choice category pretty early. This year the bloggers were asked to nominate the restaurant they felt has the best service in the KL pile. And as you know, I nominated Loco, a Mexican restaurant in Changkat Bukit Bintang. Bangsarbabe was announced the winner, and Wilson and I the runner-ups. Still, it was a great honour to be standing on the stage, receiving an award specifically for my writing efforts. Just so you know, this is not about who has the “Best Blog” per se. Because if that was the case there would be many more bloggers that are more deserving than little old me, haha.
A special congratulations to The Eatertainment group too, for their winning outlet Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine 3 years in a row.
Mr. Matt Bellotti, Chief Content Officer, Mongoose Publishing, the publishers of Time Out Kuala Lumpur delivered a closing speech and 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.”
I would like to congratulate Time Out KL for yet another successful year and thank Carlsberg Malaysia for keeping the alcoholics happy. Most of all, I have to thank you all for voting for me (and Sid’s Pubs).
By the way, isn’t it interesting that last year I had suggested adding a category for Best Service and it happened this year? I’ve only just realised that after re-reading my previous post. Haha! Maybe someone did get the memo from here, or great minds think alike?
Anyway, here’s a list of all the winners with links to Time Out KL‘s reviews.
Outstanding Chef of the Year
Chef Garth Welsh, The Westin
Chef Steve Allen, DISH
Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille, Nathalie’s Gourmet Studio
Chef Amir Khan, The Press Room
Chef Pierre Chahda, Al-Amar
Chef Isadora Chai, Bistro à Table
Restaurateur of the Year
Benjamin Yong, Big Ideas Group
Joseph Afaki, The Eatertainment Company
Dan Thompson & Richard Holland, DrBar
Khairil Ibrahim, Ril’s Steakhouse
Edward Hyde, Gastrodome
Werner Kuhn, The Werner’s Group
Congratulations to all the winners. I’m doing slightly better this year as I’ve actually been to at least one outlet in each category. Let’s keep eating! And thank you again Dear Readers for your continued support and appreciation.
Time Out KL December 2012 Issue is now available.