Meetings, conferences, events and exhibitions in all their forms are ultimately to serve only one common function. To bring people together, encourage conversation and create connections. Connections that will allow people to create ideas, share thoughts and collaborate.
|As organizations around the world seek to be more innovative, and compete more and more on creativity, we approached the question of innovation from a totally unique perspective. Instead of exploring the capacity of an individual alone or in group to innovate, we try instead to identify the spaces that have historically led to unusual rates of creativity and innovation. Places such as the Coffee Houses during the age of enlightenment or the Salons of modernism. Spaces where minds serendipitously come together connect and produce great ideas. And with this in mind, we would like to introduce Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, the unique convention centre. A space created among the tranquility of the tropical rainforest where any distractions that will take focus away from simply being innovative are kept at a distance but yet still easily accessible.||Being secluded however does not mean disconnection. The centre is equipped with the latest in communication technologies with wireless internet enveloping the whole area, cutting ledge LAN infrastructure and the latest in Audio/Visual technology to ensure any and all collaboration that happens inside, are widely visible outside. All this to realise the belief we have that collaborative innovation can be at its peak if held in the correct environment. Every part of BCCK is designed to be an environment for the inquisitive. An environment that encourages people to think broadly and generally about challenges and one in which participants can feel free to follow their curiosity. Equally important, it seeks to be an environment where people can connect with each other.|
The caretakers of nature’s advancement.
BCCK is what it is today and will become what it will be tomorrow under the passionate care of our directors.
Datuk Hajjah Raziah @ Rodiah binti Mahmud-Geneid
Dr. Mohamadon bin Abdullah
Dato Steve Ng
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot
YM Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin bin Tengku Mahamood
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True to any organization, our people will always be our strength. And each and every member is passionately dedicated to meet any challenges and exceed all expectations.
Eric Van Piggelen
Chief Executive Officer
KUCHING. 27 July 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) announced its participation in the Kuching Festival Food Fair 2015 which will take place from 31 July to
23 August at the Padungan Community Hall (Dewan Masyarakat).
Known for its quality culinary offerings, BCCK will be showcasing three new burgers with a fusion twist, the first of their kinds in Kuching. Tossing indigenous ingredients and BCCK’s own homemade succulent beef and chicken patties together, the burgers taste uniquely different from the ubiquitous western burgers as the use of local plants such as ginger flowers and chives lend distinctively piquant flavours to the burgers. Ginger flower is locally known as kechalak and chives as kuchai.
The names of the burgers also reflect their “local identities”. When patronizing the BCCK stall at the upcoming Kuching Festival Food Fair, burger lovers should ask for the Pahlawan Burger (beef with kechalak), Mari Mari Ong Lai Burger (beef with pineapples and a special Chinese sauce) and The White Rajah Burger (chicken with chives).
Another two food items included in the month-long menu are Chicken fajitas (flavourful Mexican-style wrapped chicken) and Cuban Lamb Sandwich (cooked to melting tenderness) sandwiches.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Kuching Festival Food Fair 2015. Culinary offerings are an essential component of BCCK’s overall services. However, our passion lies in quality culinary and our Centre strives to constantly enhance our offerings through the creation of unique dishes not found locally. The new range of burgers is the brainchild of our Raintree Restaurant culinary team and we are pleased to debut this exciting gastronomy experience at this popular festival which has won the hearts of the locals and tourists alike,” said Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK.
BCCK’s food stall (booth No.40) at the food festival will be headed by Chef Virginia Kedit, the head of The Raintree Restaurant at BCCK. Chef Virginia will ensure that all items served conform to consistent quality throughout the food festival.
Gary Pinchen, BCCK Director of Operations said, “BCCK adopts a high standard of safe food handling. All food items transferred from the kitchens of BCCK to offsite events are transported using a refrigerated truck designed for safe food management. We have the advantage of having a well-trained culinary team to handle food preparation. Hence, we are able to assure that you are getting quality offerings from our stall.”
All the five food items will be offered for a very affordable price of RM10.00 nett (inclusive of
6 percent GST) per item.
KUCHING. 24 June 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) takes the pleasure to announce the appointment of Veraya Ratnam as its new director of human resources (HR).
Born in Taiping, Perak, Veraya grew up in Kuala Lumpur and has more than 15 years of experience in human resource management and administration as well as quality management systems. He has worked in various multinational companies and the public sector. Holding senior positions in HR, administration and quality in various industries namely in logistics, medical, and oil and gas, his work experience encompasses a wide spectrum of people-related activities and these include performance improvement, organisational improvement, change management for organisational improvement and implementation of ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
His career history includes working with Fritz Logistics (M) Sdn Bhd, UPS, DHL Malaysia, MLNG Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of PETRONAS) and Quantum Medical Solutions.
Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK said, “We are delighted to have Veraya in the BCCK team. Our people are our most important asset through which we deliver quality service. Our Centre is focused on striking a balance between productivity and competence, knowledge and skills, and the recognition aspect of performance. We will draw on Veraya’s specialist knowledge and experience to deliver the strategic management of human capital so that our Centre can continue to deliver the quality service that we are known for.”
Veraya said of his appointment, “I am excited to join BCCK as Director of Human Resource. With my vast knowledge and experience, I’m sure to make a difference in Human Resource practices at BCCK.”
Veraya holds a Bachelor of Arts. (Hons) from University Malaya and a Diploma in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. He is also a Certified Lead Auditor in ISO 9001 Quality Management System; ISO 14001 Environment Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational, Health and Safety.
His pastimes include book reading, travel and religious studies.
KUCHING. 15 June 2015. June sees a new take at the Raintree Restaurant with the flavours of Mediterranean brought to the table by its culinary team.
Diners can expect a feast for their eyes and palate from the selection of recipes perfected around the Mediterranean shores, available from now until 30 June.
“Mediterranean style dining is centred around activities amongst family and friends, and food with robust flavours. Our Mediterranean menu is a mosaic of colourful, fresh ingredients and artistic presentations; it encapsulates the Mediterranean practice of using plant- and fruit-based food along with seafood and poultry as well as the occasional meat. We have concocted a mixture of a la carte items ranging from appetizers, main dishes to desserts inspired by the favourite food of the people of Greece, Italy, Spain, France and Turkey,” said Chef Virginia Kedit, The Raintree’s Chef de Cuisine.
The Mezze platter offers kaleidoscopic glasses of marinated grilled vegetables, marinated olives, pickled mushrooms, beetroot mutabal (beetroot dip), hummus (mashed chickpea dip), labneh (Greek yogurt cheese) accompanied by regular, spiced- and garlic-flavoured crispy pitas.
Served cold, the marinated angel hair pasta with ebiko and poached baby lobster is another great relish for an appetizer.
For that creamy yet heart-healthy helping of soup, try the nutritious antioxidant-laden artichoke saffron soup (a soup of edible flower buds with a dash of chilli flakes).
The main dishes paint a delectable picture of what tickle the taste buds of Mediterranean natives:
Marinated strawberries in balsamic vinegar (grape-based vinegar) and refreshing basil
ice-cream make a fine Mediterranean statement with the health benefits of grapes and basil infused in this delightful dessert. Other dessert items to look out for include raspberry and hazelnut tarts as well as Chantilly (cream-based dessert).
“Be sure to make a date with family and friends for a taste bud awakening Mediterranean rendezvous at The Raintree. Catch your fancy from the varied flavours of the Mediterranean during this limited-time promotion,” Chef Virginia invited.
Diners can choose to order a la carte with prices starting from RM16.00 nett. Two set menus have also been packaged, attractively priced at RM95.00 nett and RM130.00 nett. All prices quoted are inclusive of 6% GST.
Dining time at The Raintree is between 11.30 am to 10:00 pm daily. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988.
KUCHING. 12 June 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) unveils its 21 June Father’s Day Brunch Special for fathers and their loved ones at The Raintree Restaurant.
“Let’s get dads to kick off their shoes, have a special Sunday afternoon at The Raintree. Let our Father’s Day brunch deliver the great bites to pamper the often unsung heroes. We have put together a treat comprising all men’s favourites in honour of dads,” said The Raintree’s Chef de Cuisine Virginia Kedit.
Brunch beckons with a hearty and rustic buffet spread replete with salmon gravlax (marinated salmon) with herbs and pepper cream cheese on baguette, pulled lamb (slow cooked to melting tenderness), seafood pasta, grilled beef with roast red capsicums, Mediterranean baked fish, and chicken tikka (spiced marinated chicken) with mint chutney amongst a delightful array of appetizers and main dishes.
Diners can engage with The Raintree chefs at the live action stalls for generous portions of grilled marinated lamb leg with mushroom sauce, pepper sauce, mint sauce, salsa verde (green spicy sauce) and roasted vegetables and slow-roasted chicken with garlic yoghurt sauce, muttabal and hummus (Arabic dips), and Lebanese flat bread.
A tempting selection of desserts brings a sweet conclusion to the celebration with dads and these include The Raintree’s famed chocolate fountain, warm apple strudel with vanilla sauce, coffee crème caramel along with coffee and tea.
The buffet is priced at RM80.00 nett per adult and RM35.00 nett per child between five and twelve years old, and will be served from 11.30 am to 2:30 pm. All prices quoted are inclusive of 6% GST.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988.
KUCHING 28 May 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today launched its online dining reservation system and announce its upcoming Ramadhan Buffet 2015, slated for 18 June till 14 July.
Select items from the Ramadhan Buffet 2015, BCCK’s seventh edition, were presented to the media during a food tasting session at the convention centre by BCCK Executive Chef Thomas Schmid and Sous Chef Rizal Ismail.
“I am delighted to say we have pushed the envelope further this year. Our culinary theme boasts a melange of different cultures – steeped in local traditions as well as includes cuisines from different corners of the globe. The key selling points of our Ramadhan Buffet have always been about variety and great value. This year, we have also embarked on the ICT aspect and we are selling e-vouchers from as low as RM50, our lowest price ever for Ramadhan dining” said Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK.
Joseph Chung, BCCK Chief Financial Officer explained, “Our new online dining reservation system hails an innovation milestone for BCCK, designed to cater for our major in-house culinary events to better serve our guests. Ramadhan Buffet 2015 is timely for us kick-start our online booking system, being our biggest food event. Diners can access our mobile-friendly website www.bcck.org.my with immediate effect to book their Ramadhan dining in advance and enjoy attractive low prices. Our online prices are definitely a steal and the booking process is as simple as booking a flight online and printing out the dining ticket once the booking is paid for.”
“We marked a milestone in 2014 with more than 10,000 guests partaking in our Ramadhan Buffet. This year, we look forward to welcoming more guests to our Centre with more value-added offerings and services. We have also increased the seating capacity to accommodate 1500 diners each evening. I want to thank the BCCK team for their hard work coming up with the great food as usual, the online booking system and the entire set-up as our Centre prepares to usher in the month of Ramadhan.,” van Piggelen added.
Served in the BCCK Great Hall, the
Ramadhan food galore will see a myriad of German, Italian, Middle Eastern, South African, French and Indian starters, main dishes and sweet treats debuting at the live action stalls. These include chicken tikka, beef bobotie (a South African meatloaf), orange zabaglione (an Italian custard dessert), tiramisu and salted radishes with home baked pretzel.
Past winners such as marinated salmon gravlax, poached prawns on ice and mussels, smoked mackerels, whole roast lamb, Sarawak laksa, daging dendeng "Indonesia", bubur pedas and bubur lambuk seafood and daging and chocolate fountain will retain their pride of place amidst the sea of treats.
Other sound choices include chicken and beef satays, chicken tagine (a Moroccan chicken stew), ikan bakar live from teppan with sambal, kuah asam and kicap hitam bercili. whole cakes, French pastries, and more.
Executive Chef Thomas Schmid and Sous Chef Rizal Ismail offered, “The entire Ramadhan repertoire will see new international additions and will continue to feature customary Malay, Chinese and local fare found in the traditional Malaysian homes as well as sought-after hawker food and indulgent desserts of multiple origins. We have planned an all-month long cultural infusion with a multitude of delicacies spread across three weekly menus. You will have to experience the offerings for yourself to get the picture so do join us this Ramadhan.”
After dinner takeaways are also available for purchase. The items include beef korma and rice, bread dumplings and mushroom ragout, chicken tagine with vegetable cous cous, sun-dried tomato and eggplant cannelloni, potato gnocchi with portobello mushrooms, Nicoise salad and chicken briyani.
Kiosks for online purchase, printing and reprinting of dining vouchers will also be set up at the BCCK from 17 June till the end of the buffet period.
Those missing the daily online booking’s cut-off time of 12 noon can purchase over-the-counter vouchers for RM85.00 nett per adult for same-day walk-in dining. Open-dated vouchers are also available for RM80.00 nett. Child price is fixed at RM35.00 nett across the board for children between five and twelve years of age. All prices quoted are inclusive of 6 percent GST.
Dining time is between 6.30 pm and 10.00 pm. For more sneak peek at the generous menus or information on the online booking, call BCCK’s special reservation line 082-392 889 or visit www.bcck.org.my.
KUCHING. 18 May 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) take the pleasure to announce the appointment of CPH Travel Agencies (S) Sdn Bhd (CPH) as the project manager for the 55th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress 2016 to which Kuching will play host.
ICCA is a global community comprising conference planners, buyers, venues, airlines, hotels and other suppliers. The members convene yearly in a city which has successfully bid to host an annual congress.
In the project manager role, CPH will be working with the Local Host Committee of the ICCA Congress 2016 to manage the detailed planning of the international meetings industry’s most prestigious event, scheduled to be held at the BCCK from 12 till 16 November 2016. The ICCA Congress will see about 700 business events industry professionals across the globe and their accompanying guests converging in Kuching for five days of education sessions, regional chapter meetings and business exchange opportunities including cultural experiences, pre- and post-event.
Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK and Mike Cannon, Managing Director of SCB said in a joint statement, “On behalf of the ICCA Congress 2016 Local Host Committee, we congratulate CPH Travel Agencies on the appointment. CPH was selected according to a rigorous criteria-based tender process which weighed the bidders’ project management ability.”
“From now leading up to November 2016, the Local Host Committee in collaboration with the ICCA Headquarters is preparing the groundwork to welcome and host the ICCA Congress delegates. CPH as the project manager acts as the liaison between the various sub-committees established to manage the venue, logistics, events and activities including all the aspects required to host the ICCA Congress and its related activities. We are confident that CPH’s extensive project management experience supports the crucial link the various agencies need to plan and deliver a successful ICCA congress.”
The Local Host Committee headed by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak is comprised of Sarawak’s tourism authorities, the ICCA Headquarters, BCCK, SCB, the Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), local city councils, as well as identified tourism and hospitality partners.
Oscar Choo, CPH Director of Operations said of the appointment, “CPH is honoured to be entrusted with managing the liaison between all the sub-committees. We are looking forward to working with the Local Host Committee to achieve the set milestones including the handover process in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the ICCA Congress 2015 is taking place in October this year.”
The ICCA Congress provides the platform for Sarawak to further showcase the state’s vast tourism offerings including marketing Sarawak as a business events destination on par with other established international convention venues and destinations.
Local tourism and hospitality players stand to benefit both economically as well as in terms of exposure and knowledge gained from managing an event of international scale.
KUCHING. 30 April 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) unveils its 10 May Mother’s Day lunch treat for mothers and their loved ones at its Raintree Restaurant.
The Mother's Day buffet lunch promises the way to mum’s heart with its lavish assemblage of Mediterranean fare interspersed amongst the appetizer, salad, main and dessert selections.
“Saying ‘I love you, mum’ and ‘Thanks, mum’ comes first and foremost. As we honour the first woman in our lives, let us at The Raintree help accentuate your memorable moments with mum through our generous and delectable buffet spread. We have ensured that no one in the family will be short of choices,” said The Raintree’s Chef de Cuisine Virginia Kedit.
Chicken liver pate with crispy baquette, smoked salmon and cheese platter and mixed maki rolls with shoyu, ginger and wasabi get the family into the mood for more as lunch commences.
Diners will also take a shine to the spicy beef enchiladas (beef-filled wraps), grilled lemon prawns on creamy leek risotto (Italian style rice) and poached salmon with green asparagus and hollandaise sauce which form part of the main dishes.
Those with a penchant for beef and sandwiches will find great relish in the slow-roast beef sandwiches dished out at the live cooking station.
A plethora of sweet treats ensures more enjoyable moments – the must-try includes the dark chocolate fountain with fruit skewer, carrot cake, tiramisu, blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls, warm apple strudel with vanilla sauce, pandan crème caramel and light lemon pudding complemented by coffee and tea.
The buffet is priced at RM80.00 nett per adult and RM35.00 nett per child between five and twelve years old, and will be served from 11.30 am to 2:30 pm. All prices quoted are inclusive of 6% GST.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988.
KUCHING. 10 April 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) unveils its “Art of the Table” exquisite French cuisine which will run from 13 to 30 April in its Raintree Restaurant.
The French cuisine showcase is BCCK’s new Executive Chef Thomas Schmid’s culinary debut following his appointment in February this year. Bringing his experience from his years working at a few Swiss resorts and travelling around Switzerland, Chef Thomas’ French cuisine menu bears the quintessence of the French flair for delicacy and elegance, the hallmark of French cuisine.
Designed to satisfy multiple palates, diners can select individual à la carte composed of fish, duck, beef, cheese and wines from the list of appetizers, main courses and desserts. The menu also offers several great value three-course set options.
Appetizers take the form of salad and soup: salade niçoise which is pan-seared tuna with mixed salad anchovies, olives marinated capsicum quail eggs and lemon dressing. Trois façons de flétan consists of halibut prepared three ways - buttered poached with lemon hollandaise, hot smoked with horse radish cream and gravad (cured) with apple salsa. The hearty bouillabaisse soupe (seafood soup flavoured with saffron and served with rouille, a spicy garlic sauce) ensures a heartwarming start to the whole French fare.
Chef Thomas has weaved three recipes comprising cod fish, duck and beef into the main course, or plat principal in French, to accommodate individual palates. These are served as morue aromatique (aromatic cod fish pan-seared and served in seafood broth, vegetables ribbon and parisen potato), duck leg confit (slow-cooked duck leg served with braised red cabbage and oven-baked apple compote and gratin potato) and filet de bœuf (roasted tenderloin with melted truffle butter, braised vegetables and sautéed potato).
Soufflé au fromage (oven baked cheese souffle served with chocolate coated ice-cream) or crêpes avec de la glace (pancakes macerated in orange sauce served with vanilla ice-cream) complete the three-course options.
“The French take great pride in their culinary, calling it “Arts de la Table” or “Art of the Table” because they incorporate values, quality, pleasure of the senses and good presentation into the entire dining affair. Pairing food with wine is very much a French tradition. French food simply bursts with flavours. The French appreciate good food simply for the reason that good food does what it does best when prepared the right way: it tickles the taste buds and satisfies the pangs. I am looking forward to sharing the exquisite flavours and presentation of French cuisine with food loving Kuchingites,” Chef Thomas enthused.
“I highly recommend the three-course options accompanied by wines in order to savour the French dining experience. The Raintree has a good selection of white and red wines and we have specially selected two French wines, the Domaines Barons De Rothschild Reserve Rouge and Blanc 2012, for this promotion. We have definitely taken value into account from the perspective of our diners. The set menus offer excellent value-for-money for a comprehensive meal. You get more and pay less through this option.” Chef Thomas assured.
Alternatively, the à la carte selection allows diners to mix and match according to individual preferences.
The à la carte items are accessible at various price points ranging from RM15.00 nett to RM85.00 nett while the set menus’ fixed prices start from RM75.00 nett to RM105.00 nett. All prices quoted are inclusive of 6% GST.
The Raintree Restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988.
KUCHING. 27 March 2015. Enjoy a serene Easter Sunday afternoon this 5 April replete with traditional Easter treats at the Raintree Restaurant, Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.
Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Virginia Kedit, a wholesome Easter brunch awaits families and friends, perfecting the long Easter break with an enticing buffet spread and activities for youngsters.
Salmon gravlax (salt-treated salmon) and hearty miso soup provide an excellent prelude to the delightful smorgasbord of hot dishes, pasta and desserts. For a choice of greens, head on to the salad bar for a healthy dose of a variety of lettuces including cherry tomatoes and capsicums complete with an array of dressings.
Grilled seabass medallion with prawn beurre blanc (white butter), baked chicken roulade (filled rolled chicken) with raisin sauce, lamb moussaka (eggplant/potato-based dish) and braised spicy short ribs will claim centre stage at the main dish station alongside spinach and mushroom quiches and gratin potatoes with leek.
Diners will relish the scrumptiously prepared slow roasted chicken, glazed lamb leg and salmon culibiac (Russian pie filled with salmon) tended by the various chefs at the live stations.
For diners who get a feel good feeling from pasta, the pasta counter would win them over with the penne, linguini, gnocchi and spaghetti with the accompanying velvety blue cheese, mushroom, pesto and tomato basil sauces.
Those with a sweet tooth will have a hard time picking where to start with the assortment of desserts on offer. The flapjack (pancake) station provides a good starting point with its plethora of sauces such as maple syrup, mars bar chocolate and butterscotch. More choices abound including the chocolate fountain, lemon meringue pie, strawberry shortcakes, dark and white chocolate mousse in glasses, warm chocolate pudding with vanilla sauce, etc.
A “Colour-full”, Fun-filled Afternoon for Kids with Easter Egg Hunt and Colouring Contest
Children will enjoy more than just food for they can participate in playtime involving a search for colourful Easter eggs around the nooks and crannies of the Raintree or express their creativity with splashes of colours in a colouring contest. Winners will receive a prize each.
Children below 12 years old partaking in the Easter Brunch will receive a free gift.
The Easter Brunch is priced at RM70.00 nett per adult and RM35.00 nett per child aged between five and twelve, and will be served from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm.
Above quoted prices are inclusive of 6% GST.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988. Get a glimpse of the Easter Brunch ” on https://www.facebook.com/BCCK.Sarawak.
KUCHING. 10 February 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) takes the pleasure to announce the appointment of Thomas Schmid as its new executive chef.
Thomas hails from Germany, being born, raised and completed his professional chef training there. Packing his bags to fly all the way to Kuching from his last station in South Africa in early February, Thomas will be heading the BCCK’s culinary team which encompasses the culinary production team and the fine dining Raintree Restaurant and Raintree Café.
Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK said, “We are pleased to welcome Thomas to Kuching and have him in our team. Food has always been a passion for us at the BCCK and Thomas’ passion for good food, coupled with his keen sense of adventure, has taken him places and earned him recognition as a food guru. Our culinary team has done a wonderful job winning the hearts of our clients and food lovers with our wide selection of food and beverage offerings. With Thomas on board as our Executive Chef, food lovers can expect our team to cook up great storms and experience an even bigger melting pot of gastronomic delights through Thomas’ immense experience abroad.”
Before Kuching, Thomas has been globetrotting within the culinary sphere – from Europe to South Africa and to the Middle East – in the 30 years of his accomplished culinary career in numerous hospitality establishments since 1985. These included two Swiss skiing resorts, the Zevenwacht Wine Estate and Sun International in Sun City in the capacities of chef and executive sous chef.
Since 1998, he had ascended the culinary ladder to first become the executive chef at the Spier Wine Estate, helming seven restaurants and opening the Spier Village Hotel in 2001. This was followed an appointment at the Sandton Convention Centre where his most memorable experience is catering at Nelson Mandela’s 85th birthday party.
Thomas was also the head chef of the prestigious Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa in Hermanus – a breathtaking seaside town on South Africa’s southern coast of the Western Cape Province famous for whale watching.
He was hand-picked to conceptualise and develop a new restaurant in Dubai in 2008. Returning to South Africa in 2010 to lead the culinary team at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg, he has also added to his belt the leadership of the kitchens of eight hotels in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and the Lowveld.
Brush with Fame
With a career spanning continents, Thomas has also had a fair share of airtime on television, having hosted cooking shows such as Food With Friends, a lifestyle cooking show in South Africa, and was part of a television programme for the German VOX Channel in 2007. He has also given many live radio interviews and has been featured in various magazines and newspapers.
Thomas said of his appointment, “After travelling to most parts of the world as a chef, I never had the opportunity of visiting Asia. When the opportunity arose to join the BCCK, I jumped at it without hesitation. I’m very much looking forward to sharing with the BCCK culinary team my culinary knowledge gained during my travels. I am also keen to gain insights into the Malaysian and Sarawakian cultures as different cultures offer their unique perspectives on food and how it’s cooked. Stay tuned for all things culinary at BCCK as my team and I get down to work and get creative.”
KUCHING. 22 January 2015. The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) will mark the Lunar New Year 2015 celebration with “Toss to Prosperity” reunion buffet and sit-down banquet dinners on Lunar New Year’s Eve, 18 February through Chap Goh Mei, 5 March.
Eric van Piggelen, CEO of BCCK, said during the yee sang tossing ceremony at BCCK, “On behalf of the BCCK team and our Board of Directors, I would like to toast the forthcoming Lunar Spring Festival and wish our media partners, clients and business associates “A Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year”. We also want to thank all parties for their support of our convention centre in the past year.”
As celebrants prepare to welcome the Sheep, one of the favoured animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, BCCK’s Chinese kitchen team headed by Chef Peter Ngu and Raintree Restaurant’s Chef Virginia have planned several celebratory menus that characterise the Sheep’s symbol of prosperity, comfort and generosity, via banquet and buffet options.
“The sheep is an auspicious creature, known for its knack to create and appreciate the finer things in life. BCCK’s Lunar New Year celebratory offerings symbolise the Sheep’s fine attributes – scrumptious, generous and comfort food for the whole family. We are delighted to offer three great value options for families to gather their loved ones to celebrate the new Lunar Spring Festival at our Raintree Restaurant and banquet rooms,” Chef Peter and Chef Virginia proffered.
18 February (Lunar New Year’s Eve) to 5 March 2015 (Chap Goh Mei)
Toss to Prosperity Banquet Dinners @ RM588.00 ++ per table of 8 courses and
RM688.00 ++ per table of 9 courses
Served in BCCK’s banquet rooms, the two banquet dinner packages include prosperity salmon yee sang, double-boiled chicken soup with Chinese herbs, steamed fish (seabass or golden pomfret) BCCK’s signature Silk Road chicken, stir-fried prawns with salted eggs, braised noodles with seafood and chicken, broccoli with fatt choy and mushroom, and chilled longan with sea coconut and white fungus, and free flow of Chinese tea.
The 9-course menu includes roast duck with plum sauce.
18 February (Lunar New Year’s Eve)
Toss to Prosperity Buffet Dinner @ RM78.88 nett per adult and RM34.80 nett per child
Served in the Raintree Restaurant, the Reunion Buffet Dinner on 18 February will showcase a bevy of Lunar New Year delicacies such as cold cuts of prawn cocktail on fruit salad and tossed top shell with dressing, salmon gravalax with five spice, prosperity "yee sang" with its traditional condiments (live station), Szechuan hot & sour seafood soup,
The hot and main selection includes steamed whole seabass with "assam nyonya sauce", braised pak lo duck with mun tao bun, crispy prawns with spicy dipping sauce, wok-fried rice with seafood and silver anchovies, BCCK’s signature Silk Road chicken, stir fried beef with ginger and spring onion and more.
Diners should look out for the interactive stations which will serve up Chinese specialities roast duck with BCCK’s chef sauce and plum sauce, roast char siew lamb leg and mixed dim sum with chili sauce.
The culinary team will also dish out a good spread of desserts such as Chinese pancake, chilled pear and longan with almond beancurd, do-it-yourself (DIY) ice kacang with ice cream and condiments, assorted French pastries, etc.
The child price for buffet is applicable to children between five and eleven years of age and children below five dine for free.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.
All food is prepared according to strict requirements and hygiene standard according to BCCK’s ISO 22000:2005 Food Management Systems, Malaysian Standard 1480:2007 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System. Guests can be assured of the quality of culinary delights from BCCK’s halal-certified kitchens endorsed by JAIS (Department of Islamic Affairs of Sarawak).
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988 or BCCK’s general line on 60 82 392 888 or head on to https://www.facebook.com/BCCK.Sarawak.
KUCHING. 22 January 2015. A special Valentine treat entitled “Love is on the Menu” will be offered to couples on 14 February at the Raintree Restaurant, the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Crafted in celebration of romance, Chef Virginia Kedit, the Raintree’s Chef de Cuisine, has weaved an indulgent love-themed fine dining six-course set dinner into her craft of love.
Sweethearts will start their romantic rendezvous sharing a sipping mocktail accompanied by tomato and basil bruschetta (grilled bread topped with tomato and basil) and smoked salmon on grissini stick (smoked salmon wrapped around breadsticks).
Appetizer follows in the form of lemongrass-infused beef carpaccio embraced in tomato compote and cherished Dijon mustard, a dish composed of thinly sliced beef marinated with lemongrass with a tomato-based sauce and mustard condiment.
A fine and refreshing apple mint sherbet refreshes the palate for the forthcoming fulfilling sweet pea soup with milk foam and a sprinkle of hazelnut dust.
The essence of the menu – the main course – comes in the form of
herb-crusted baked lobster paired with truffle-buttered rack of lamb, resting on “sauna-steamed” buttered vegetables, fondant potato and cauliflower puree.
White velvet cake with a lemon curd filling (a tender and moist white cake with fluffy
lemon-like jelly) served with freshly brewed aromatic coffee or tea completes the romantic affair
“Food has always been an expression of love, universally. Our ‘Love is on the Menu’ Valentine treat encapsulates Chef Virginia’s passion for good food and she has promised that the Valentine Day’s celebration at the Raintree Restaurant will be a splendid one. We would like to invite couples to book their Valentine’s Day dinner early with us as seats are limited,” said Gary Pinchen, BCCK Director of Operations.
“Love is on the Menu” is priced at RM250.00 ++ per couple inclusive of a stalk of rose for each lady and will be served from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Above quoted price is subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.
All food is prepared according to strict requirements and hygiene standard according to BCCK’s ISO 22000:2005 Food Management System, Malaysian Standard 1480:2007 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System. Guests can be assured of the quality of culinary delights from BCCK’s halal-certified kitchens endorsed by JAIS (Department of Islamic Affairs of Sarawak).
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Raintree Restaurant on 60 82 392 988. Get a glimpse of “Love is on the Menu” on https://www.facebook.com/BCCK.Sarawak.
KUCHING. 19 January 2015. Food lovers will find an absolute trove of à la carte delights at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)’s Raintree Restaurant in this brand new year.
Diners can expect a diverse selection of appetizers, mains and desserts that embodies creativity, passion and skills. Chef Virginia Kedit, the Raintree Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine had dedicated much time and effort to incorporate a bevy of new items into the menu. In line with the Raintree’s global food concept, she harmonises both local and imported ingredients, resulting in refreshing takes on her new international cuisine creations.
“The refined menu takes diners through a fine dining adventure right from the beginning. Even the new cioppino soup promises a marvellous start to the overall dining experience with its fresh fish and tomato stew combined with seabass, prawns and mussels as well as fresh basils,” said Chef Virginia.
She added, “Other interesting additions include appetizers like the beef carpaccio, tempura oysters drizzled with chilli kalamansi dressing on maki rolls, grilled calamari marinade (marinated calamari with lemon aioli on a mixed four season salad and marinated capsicum) and poullet de liver (homemade chicken liver pate with a crispy French baguette and lavosh).
Highlights of the new main courses include pan-fried halibut and tomato confit (pan-fried halibut fillet rested on potato compote, asparagus and tepanade), basil cream pasta with salmon, whole roasted confit of chicken, herbed crusted fillet mignon, pumpkin risotto with duck and honey mustard lamb rack.”
An array of desserts is set to tempt diners with a sweet conclusion which include bitter sweet chocolate soufflé, sweet potato strawberry mousse, white velvet cake with lemon curd and Japanese cheese cake.
With the Raintree Restaurant’s regular diners’ favourites in mind, the redesigned menu retains certain popular dishes such as Chef Virginia’s famed steaks.
Chef Virginia is supported by a well-trained culinary team and service team.
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