Students from INTI International College Subang (IICS) won the Champions trophy at the 4th Asean Heritage Food Trail by captivating the taste buds of international gourmet judges with their delightful rendition of a local dish.
Nik Faris Bin Nik Mohd Roseli, Teoh Lee Horng and Muhammad Arif Bin Azlan Nor’s delectable Percik Fuzion consisted of tender slices of chicken thigh cooked in percik sauce and served with Nyonya acar rawak and nasi kerabu. It received high scores for taste, texture, presentation, use of ingredients and originality in a cooking competition to determine the most outstanding Asean-based culinary arts school in the country.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and led by Malaysia’s food ambassador Chef Wan to celebrate the culinary delights of countries in the South-East Asia region. Nik Faris, Teoh and Muhammad Arif will receive the ASEAN Culinary School Champions trophy and Most Outstanding ASEAN Culinary School Award from Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia.
“One of the most exhilarating approaches to teaching and learning at INTI is through competition involving students, faculty and industry. It was great exposure for the students to participate in this competition which gave them the opportunity to prove their abilities and also market their potential to the industry. Competing against the best from other colleges provided them with important benchmarks for improvement,” said Dr Dominic Szambowski, INTI’s Executive Dean – Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism.
Working closely with players in the hospitality and tourism industry, INTI provides access to excellent platforms for students to gain exposure through national and regional competitions. Students like Joel Poon Jian Yao, winner of the 2012 national Monin Cup Cocktail competition and Malaysia’s representative at the Monin Cup Asian Regionals, benefit immensely from opportunities to participate in these competitions, which in Joel’s case led to a working relationship with professional mixologist Ben Ng.
INTI’s hospitality programs provide students with an ideal balance of theoretical knowledge and practical training. They develop leadership qualities, confidence and resourcefulness, as well as learn how to analyze, strategize and make informed decisions. Under the expert guidance of INTI’s experienced and highly qualified instructors, they quickly develop the knowledge and work skills to succeed in the hospitality industry.
Students of INTI benefit not only from its over 25 years of experience and strong track-record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides. INTI is part of Laureate, the world’s largest private education network with a presence in 29 countries, with more than 60 accredited universities and 130 campuses, serving more than 740,000 students globally.